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Aug. 16, 2011
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Keeping Students Sober
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing number of universities are creating so-called recovery communities, which often feature on-campus clubhouses, recreational opportunities, academic support, and recovery courses. More


ASAM Action Alert — Help ASAM Improve Member Benefits and Raffle Giveaway (ASAM Members Only)
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In conjunction with Friends Research Institute, ASAM is developing a Practice Based Research Network and would like all members to participate in the first survey. The survey will take 5-10 minutes and results will be used to improve the quality of ASAM membership. Complete the survey now. Surveys completed by Aug. 25 will be entered in a raffle to win a free copy of ASAM's newest book — Principles of Addiction Medicine: The Essentials. More

Urge Medicare to Cover Annual Alcohol Screening Services
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The federal government has proposed that Medicare begin paying for annual alcohol screening for adults and pregnant women and up to four brief counseling sessions provided in a primary care setting for those who test positive for risky drinking. The public has been invited to comment on this plan before Aug. 18. Please join ASAM in filing a comment today in favor of this proposal and urge your colleagues to do the same. More

Methamphetamine Abuse May Raise Parkinson's Risk
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who did not, finds a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. More

Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse: Is There a Role for Atypical Antipsychotics?
Psychiatric Times (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The prevalence of substance use disorders in patients with schizophrenia is greater than the rate observed in the general population and has dramatically increased since the 1970s. Several theories exist to explain the high rate of co-morbidity. The findings of a recent laboratory study suggest that persons with schizophrenia may experience enhanced euphoria from alcohol consumption compared with healthy controls. More


Injection Drug Users Most in Need of Treatment
Journal of Addictive Diseases (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study found that injection drug users, regardless of what types of drugs they use, have the greatest need for substance abuse-related treatment. More

Online Screening Tool Suggests Many Depressed Patients Go Untreated
Depression and Anxiety (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers evaluated the results of an online depression screening tool completed by 24,965 individuals. Two-thirds of respondents screened positive for current major depression and 8 percent said they had attempted suicide in the past two weeks. Of 1,327 respondents who consented to participate in a longitudinal study, only 25 percent of those who screened positive for current depression and 37 percent of those reporting a recent suicide attempt were receiving psychiatric treatment. More

Influential Researcher Dr. Joseph V. Brady Dies
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Behavioral scientist and NASA researcher Dr. Joseph V. Brady died July 29. He was 89. Throughout his career, his studies on human and animal behavior contributed to profound changes in drug abuse treatment and vastly expanded the scientific understanding of anxiety. More

What Level of Marijuana Use Impairs Vehicle Driving?
Los Angeles Times via Sun Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The most recent assessment by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, based on random roadside checks, found that 16.3 percent of all drivers nationwide at night were on various legal and illegal impairing substances — 50 percent of which were on marijuana. More

Fewer People See Heavy Smoking as High Risk
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The perception by teenagers and young adults that heavy cigarette smoking is a high-risk activity has declined in many states, according to a SAMHSA survey. More

Physician Heal Thyself — Road to Recovery
Psychiatric Times (paid access)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Marsha Linehan is doing just that, and, in the process, has helped not only herself but countless patients as well. In an effort to tame her self-destructive tendencies, Linehan is working to find her way to stable remission. The dialectic of acceptance combined with commitment to change her life eventually led Linehan to create dialectical behavior therapy — a method for helping self-destructive people help themselves. More

Amy Winehouse and the Mysteries of Addiction
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Amy Winehouse gave expression to a turbulent and troubling relationship with addiction that is familiar to anybody who has struggled with it or has lived in close proximity to it. Addiction appears to result from a voluntary act. And yet no matter the wreckage, no matter the addict's brilliance, intelligence, or insight, there is no stopping the next round. Adding to the mystifying nature of addiction, often those people who appear most self-assured and independent are the ones who fall hardest. More

DTAB Recommends Changes to Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing
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The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Drug Testing Advisory Board recently developed two recommendations for the mandatory guidelines for federal workplace drug testing program. The recommendations include using oral fluid as an alternative specimen and inclusion of additional Schedule II prescription medications. More

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse by Health Care Providers
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The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly endorses the social and moral prohibition against sexual abuse or exploitation of children by health care providers. The academy opposes any such sexual abuse or exploitation by providers. Health care providers should be trained to recognize and abide by appropriate provider-patient boundaries. Medical institutions should screen staff members for a history of child abuse issues, train them to respect and maintain appropriate boundaries, and establish policies and procedures to receive and investigate concerns about patient abuse. More


Is it Opioid Dependence?
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Upcoming Events

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Sept. 21-23 International Network on Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems Annual Conference and AOD-SBI Meeting Boston INEBRIA
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Nov. 3-5 AMERSA 35th Annual National Conference Arlington, VA AMERSA
Nov. 4-6 2011 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Dec. 2-4 Comprehensive MRO: Toxicology Testing and the Physician's Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Washington, DC ASAM
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Upcoming Chapter Events

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Aug. 26-27 Georgia Atlanta 2011 Summer Conference
Sept. 8-11 New England/Massachusetts Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 24th Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Sept. 15 Texas Austin, TX Texas Chapter Business Meeting
Sept. 16 Texas Austin, TX 4th Annual Addiction Symposium, "Walking the Tightrope of Chronic Pain Management"
Oct. 12-15 California Long Beach, CA 2011 Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference


Educational Resources

Physician Clinical Support System

Families Facing Addiction
Free social networking site to unite families who are coping with the addiction of a loved one.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

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