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WHO classifies gaming disorder as behavioral addiction

From NPR Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases by Anya Kamenetz They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction. On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification […]


Doctors charged with illegal opioid prescriptions

From the Washington Post. Doctors in five states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex by Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham Dozens of medical professionals in five states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and […]


Mobile Wellness Bus Fights Addictions

From the Capital Gazette. Maryland Mobile Wellness Initiative to provide resources for drug addiction in northern Anne Arundel by Phil Davis A new 38-foot recreational vehicle outfitted with medical personnel and addiction treatment resources is Anne Arundel’s newest asset in the battle against opioid addiction. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, former county executive Steve Schuh, now executive […]


Google Bans Sketchy UK Ads for Profiteering Addiction Helplines

From Engadget. Click here for original article. Google’s not having the best start to the year, as it’s already been called out, yet again, for unscrupulous advertising practices. An investigation by The Sunday Times shed light on a significant money-making machine, which played out through Google ads, targeting people seeking help for substance abuse issues. Someone entering relevant […]


Opioid Crisis: NIH Launches New Push to Fight Epidemic

From NBC News. To read the full article, click here. by Maggie Fox The National Institutes of Health announced a new push Wednesday to fight the opioid crisis, with fresh efforts to develop better drugs to fight addiction, to treat pain, and to stop overdoses. The giant agency — the world’s biggest funder of medical […]


ACA’s repeal would devastate fight against opioid addiction, researchers find

From The Morning Call: ACA’s repeal would devastate fight against opioid addiction, researchers find by Sam Kennedy Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to research published this week by Harvard Medical School. More than 181,000 Pennsylvania residents with […]


Community Discussion to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use with President Obama

On October 21, 2015, the President hosted a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic in Charleston, WV. Communities in West Virginia and in states across the country have been developing and implementing responses that involve all sectors of their communities. As part of today’s event, the President announced federal, state, local and private […]


Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit is a short, yet powerful book that examines the fundamentals of habit formation and asserts that habits are the core of daily behavior.  For decades, habit formation and habit modification have mesmerized psychologists and neurologists alike. The author himself gained a keen interest in habits while reporting in Iraq […]


Spotlight on the SAMHSA Store

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has an extensive online store with many timely publications available. According to press releases from 2011, this store replaced the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information, the National Mental Health Information Center, and the SAMHSA Health Information Network. The SAMHSA Store landing page displays several […]