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Opioid crisis: UB researcher hopes to provide clues on women’s shift to heroin

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A growing number of women in the U.S. are turning to heroin after first taking prescription opioid medication. This places them at greater risk for HIV and hepatitis C, and for spending time in the court system. Scientists, however, have little insight into why this is happening. A University at Buffalo researcher, with colleagues from Columbia University and the University of Rochester, has received funding to provide some clues by working with a unique drug treatment court (DTC) in Buffalo. Sarahmona Przybyla, PhD, an assistant professor of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was awarded $30,000 through the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for the 10-month project. Przybyla’s co-principal investigator is Diane Morse, MD, an infectious disease physician at the University of Rochester. The script was flipped between the 1960s and early 2000s, according to federal data from the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 17, 2018

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Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol Learn More   Drug numbers paint grim reality of addiction New numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control show last year, 72,000 people died in the United States from fatal overdoses. Learn More   Addiction is a disease. My drug-addicted parents showed me that. I got out of bed and followed the smell of bacon and the sound of my parents’ voices to the kitchen. The Eagles were harmonizing from the tape deck, and I could hear laughter mixed with kissing. Learn More   Comprehensive health care must include mental substance abuse treatments As the Trump administration, Congress and insurance companies debate various future health-care plans for the American people, it’s important to remember that comprehensive...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 18, 2018

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A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. Learn More   At NJ hospitals, ex-users urge opioid overdose victims to seek treatment “The first time I did heroin was in Brooklyn House of Detention,” recalled Eric McIntire, sitting in a windowless conference room at Barnabas Health Medical Group in West Orange. His two iPhones, which ring loudly and often, were on the table in front of him. Learn More   'Epicenter' of N.J.'s opioid epidemic may be getting better Monmouth and Ocean counties are two Jersey Shore neighbors that are part of what has been called the "epicenter" of the state's opioid epidemic. Learn More   Alcohol, Tobacco More Harmful Than Illegal Drugs It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol -- and not taking illegal drugs -- that pose the greatest risks...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 16, 2018

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Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released Thursday. Learn More   NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development This interim release provides high-quality baseline data on a large sample of 9-and-10-year-old children, including basic participant demographics, assessments of physical and mental health, substance use, culture and environment, neurocognition, tabulated structural and functional neuroimaging data, Learn More   Which opioid addiction treatments work? White House OKs study to find answers The White House has approved a new, national research effort headed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the most effective treatments for people battling opioid addiction. Learn More   New...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 18

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Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them? Getting methadone in jail gave a Connecticut heroin user a firmer foothold in recovery. But fewer than 1 percent of jails and prisons allow it. Learn More   Ohio foster care system flooded with children amid opioid epidemic On a winding trail in southeastern Ohio, four children symbolize the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds. Learn More First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn More   'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects A new study on a large population sample has concluded that heavy drinking can have disastrous health effects, whereas light to moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial. Learn More   Inside the Mind Of An Addict: Hating That You Love...
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My Take on Addiction

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Submitted by CF Caldwell (Dr. Caldwell is former Chair of the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Board) For me, the opioid, heroin, and alcohol addiction, all addictions, are a manifestation of a kind of conditioning of the US population. The beginnings were the advent of patent drug administration from our physicians. Physicians have been trained via drug company support in medical schools. Physicians have learned to diagnose any malady – a good thing – and to ‘treat’ any malady with a corresponding, appropriate drug – not always good. Therefore, we have come to believe that any malady responds to a drug, good or bad. That is the conditioning. Prior to this onslaught of patent drug interventions, there were non-drug remedies. Native Americans had them, as did much of the populations in rural America, where the paucity of main-steam medical care exists. (Certainly, the Asian countries had remedies, sans patent drugs,...
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Heroin Safe Sites May be Coming to a Town Near You

Heroin Safe Sites May be Coming to a Town Near You
Much like the rest of the nation, Seattle Washington is in the depth of a heroin epidemic too. As of 2015, opioid-related deaths now top car crash deaths in America with a whopping 33,000 people dying from opioid overdoses that year. This is a public health emergency and leaders in this fight are trying to look outside the box for different ways to get a hold of this devastating epidemic. Last week, officials in Seattle approved the country’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs. This has long been a mode of treatment to decrease overdoses in Europe, with about 90 “safe sites” erected world-wide and now the USA is looking to see if it may be a fit for us as well. The facility would provide clean needles, medical supervision, access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose such as Naloxone, and basic...
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NOV
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 4
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. No Kegs, No Liquor: College Crackdown Targets Drinking and Sexual Assault Dozens of universities have introduced stricter rules on...
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OCT
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DEA and Discovery Education will officially start “Operation Prevention” on October 25th

DEA and Discovery Education will officially start “Operation Prevention” on October 25th
Drug overdose is the number one cause of accidental deaths nationwide and opioid use was linked to more than 60% of drug overdoses. The DEA and Discovery Education have partnered to help students understand the latest research underlying this nationwide epidemic. Operation Prevention is a new multi-prong education program on prescription opioids and heroin that DEA is launching with Discovery Education and the DEA Educational Foundation over the next three school years. The first piece of this program is a free live virtual field trip taking place on Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. The DEA Operation Prevention Virtual Field Trip will explore the science of addiction to help students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain, how teenage brains are uniquely affected, and how addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. This powerful forum will give attendees the unfiltered facts...
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OCT
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Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day

Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day
On October 6, 2016, Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day, more than 200 volunteers from across New Jersey will take to the streets and physician and dentist offices to raise awareness about the epidemic of opiate abuse that is impacting our state and to raise awareness about the link between prescribed opiates and the heroin abuse rates in New Jersey. The statewide single-day initiative will mobilize families, the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders, and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. The mobilization will have a dual focus: educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey citizens and families. Engaging Physicians Teams of volunteers across the state will visit physician and dental offices in their community. Volunteers will be equipped with information, including a “door knocker” PSA and a copy of the CDC...
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