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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 […]


Historic Donation of HIV Prevention Drugs

From the Washington Post. Drugmaker to donate HIV-prevention pills for as many as 200,000 people by Lenny Bernstein The pharmaceutical company that makes a once-a-day pill that protects users against HIV has agreed to donate enough medication to cover as many as 200,000 people for 11 years, the Trump administration announced Thursday. Gilead Sciences, the […]


Opioid execs guilty of racketeering

From the New York Times. Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Are Found Guilty of Racketeering By Gabrielle Emanuel and Katie Thomas BOSTON — A federal jury on Thursday found the top executives of Insys Therapeutics, a company that sold a fentanyl-based painkiller, guilty of racketeering charges in a rare criminal prosecution that blamed corporate officials for […]


FDA approves generic naloxone

From the FDA. FDA approves first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose Agency is also taking new steps to support development of over-the-counter and additional generics of naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose deaths, increase access to emergency treatment For Immediate Release:          April 19, 2019 The U.S. Food and […]


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 […]


New school tragedy readiness document

After a School Tragedy…Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources This resource is designed to help schools better support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma. It provides strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy. It offers places to […]


Brain Energy Patterns and Alcohol

From NIH NIH study of brain energy patterns provides new insights into alcohol effects Assessing the patterns of energy use and neuronal activity simultaneously in the human brain improves our understanding of how alcohol affects the brain, according to new research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The new approach for characterizing brain […]


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 […]


Two decades of data reveal overall increase in pain, opioid use among U.S. adults

From NIH. Researchers measured pain’s impact on normal work activities, people’s health status, and health care use. Prompted by a call from the National Academy of Medicine, then the Institute of Medicine, for improved national data on pain, a recent study provides new insights concerning pain trends and opioid use for pain management. Researchers used […]