Media stories highlighting the poisonings of children in Colorado by ingestion of THC-laced gummy bears have led some municipalities to pre-emptively draft ordinances banning sales of such products.
Drugs & Alcohol
In 2014, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year. Prevention of substance abuse is a key factor in public mental health. Research shows that of those adults with any mental illness, 18.2% had a substance use disorder, while those adults with no mental illness only had a 6.3% rate of substance use disorder in the past year. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council notes that cost-benefit ratios for early treatment and prevention programs for addictions and mental illness programs range from 1:2 to 1:10. This means a $1 investment yields $2 to $10 savings in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.
Prescription drug combination involved in 30% of opioid fatalities among more than 300,000 users. Read more.
Colorado is one of only six states where a person having a psychiatric crisis who is at risk of committing suicide or harming others can be involuntarily held in a jail cell for up to 24 hours. The new legislation would change that by facilitating better access to mental health treatment centers.
To put the current epidemic of deaths into perspective, the Nixon White House panicked when heroin-addicted soldiers back from Vietnam brought the overdose death rate to 1.5 per 100k in 1973-1975. The current opioid death rate is 10.3 per 100k without the fentanyl statistics of 2016 counted yet.
According to a new study published in Psychiatry Research, stigma and social support during substance abuse treatment are associated with several different aspects of psychological wellbeing.
Researchers theorize that the rise maybe have something to do with the amount of people with chronic pain and mental health disorders who are given prescription opioids to help with the pain.
Some of the hallmarks of the person with Schizophrenia are the person’s inability to sort, interpret and appropriately respond to stimuli.
Researchers, students, mental health professionals and religious leaders will gather on April 13-14 to attend the ninth annual Muslim Mental Health Conference.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India, explained that they wanted to have a better assessment of the age, gender, and mental health conditions of local drug addicts.
Drugs can become “chemical comforts” to deal with loneliness, trauma, isolation or alienation. It’s not just about hedonism.
Ultimately the authors of the study, released online today in the journal Nature Medicine, envision their work could lead to new non-addictive, nicotine-based treatments for some of the 51 million people worldwide who suffer from the disease.
Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic. It courses along Interstate highways in the form of cheap smuggled heroin, and flows out of “pill mill” clinics where pain medicine is handed out like candy. It has ripped through New England towns, where people overdose in the aisles of dollar stores, and it has ravaged coal country, Read more
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD. Read more…
America’s attitude toward pain has shifted radically over the past century. Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says that 100 years ago, the medical community thought that pain made patients stronger.
Teenagers in Australia are increasingly becoming concerned about mental health, drugs, alcohol and discrimination.
A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.
Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a University of British Columbia study has found.
A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain.