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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 […]


Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

ScienceDaily Attention drawn to lack of female-specific research Date:             February 8, 2019 Source:         Vanderbilt University Summary:    Female-specific interventions are needed, but in the meantime, treatment centers could use this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects. Women’s hormonal cycles may not […]


New – TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

For Behavioral Health Service Providers, Administrators, and Supervisors TIP 61 provides behavioral health professionals with practical guidance about Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives in their work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients. The TIP discusses the demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health concerns of Native Americans. It highlights the importance […]


2019 National Drug Control Strategy

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy January 31, 2019 Today, Jim Carroll, the newly sworn-in Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the President’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use. “Our number one goal is to save […]


Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

From NIH. NIH-funded study identifies risk factors for neuropsychiatric conditions after a concussion. A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the […]


FDA Is Streamlining Labeling for Naloxone

From CNBC  Angelica LaVito FDA clears the way to increase access and lower cost of life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug Naloxone is used in emergency rooms across the U.S. to reverse a drug overdose from opioids. The FDA is streamlining the labeling for naloxone. The change clears the way for drugmakers to sell it without […]


Health Advocates Say Schizophrenia Should Be Reclassified as a Brain Disease

From Politico. by Brianna Ehley Changing the definition could unlock more money for cures. Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure. Federal […]