Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.

#addiction-psychology, #buprenorphine-drug, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #methamphetamines, #native-americans, #opioids-and-opiates, #your-feed-healthcare

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This Heroin-Using Professor Wants to Change How We Think About Drugs

Prof. Carl Hart saw drugs as destroyers of communities. Then he saw the positive side. “We have miseducated the public,” he said.

#addiction-psychology, #black-people, #carl-hart, #columbia-university, #marijuana, #methamphetamines, #national-institute-on-drug-abuse, #research

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Hunter Biden, Matt Gaetz and Nonstop Depravity

In a memoir of his vices, Hunter Biden sends a love letter to his brother.

#addiction-psychology, #beautiful-things-a-memoir-book, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chateau-marmont-los-angeles-calif-hotel, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #gaetz-matt

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It’s Easy (and Legal) to Bet on Sports. Do Young Adults Know the Risks?

Americans wagered $13 billion on sports in 2019. With sports betting now legal in nearly half the states, experts fear the addiction danger is not being adequately addressed.

#addiction-psychology, #athletics-and-sports, #draftkings-inc, #fanduel-com, #fantasy-sports, #gambling, #men-and-boys, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #united-states, #youth

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What if the Pain Never Ends?

I will still have to face it with dignity.

#addiction-psychology, #back-human-body-part, #disabilities, #pain

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Teenage Brains Are More Vulnerable to Marijuana, Federal Data Suggests

Teenagers are more likely to get hooked on marijuana, stimulants and other recreational drugs than college-aged or older adults.

#addiction-psychology, #age-chronological, #alcohol-abuse, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #e-cigarettes, #marijuana, #sedatives, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #youth

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This Is Your Brain on Junk Food: In ‘Hooked,’ Michael Moss Explores Addiction

In “Hooked,” Michael Moss explores how no addictive drug can fire up the reward circuitry in our brains as rapidly as our favorite foods.

#addiction-psychology, #american-psychiatric-assn, #brain, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #mental-health-and-disorders, #moss-michael, #oconnor-anahad, #obesity, #smoking-and-tobacco, #sugar

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Sexual Anguish of Atlanta Suspect Is Familiar Thorn for Evangelicals

The man accused of killing eight people at spas was a churchgoer who told officers he was addicted to sex. Parts of evangelical culture imply that sexual sins are more serious than others.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #long-robert-aaron, #pornography, #sex

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Accused Gunman Had Visited Massage Parlors He Targeted, Police Say

The suspect, who was a customer at two of the spas in the Atlanta area that were attacked this week, spent time in a rehab clinic for a self-described sexual addiction.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #cherokee-county-ga, #long-robert-aaron, #massage, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex, #spas

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Oregon Is Blazing a Psychedelic Trail

A very promising mental health experiment is taking shape in the West.

#addiction-psychology, #depression-mental, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mushrooms, #oregon, #referendums, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #sheri-eckert, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #tom-eckert

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Book Review: ‘Hooked,’ by Michael Moss

Michael Moss’s “Hooked” explores the science of food addiction and the companies that make a profit from manipulating our biological instincts.

#addiction-psychology, #books-and-literature, #fast-food-industry, #food, #hooked-how-to-build-habit-forming-products-book, #labeling-and-labels-product, #moss-michael, #sugar

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Are Some Foods Addictive

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #american-journal-of-clinical-nutrition, #anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #carbohydrates, #diet-and-nutrition, #emotions, #fast-food-industry, #food, #loneliness, #obesity, #psychology-and-psychologists, #salt, #smoking-and-tobacco, #weight

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McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.

#addiction-psychology, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #mobile-applications, #social-media

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‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic

Substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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‘Vodka in Your Coffee Cup’: When Pandemic Drinking Goes Too Far

Some women are seeking to regain control over their alcohol habits after months of laissez-faire consumption.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #new-york-city, #women-and-girls

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Sacklers Deny Personal Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic in House Hearing

It was the first time in years that members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma have taken questions publicly, and the exchanges were tense.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #house-of-representatives, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #sackler-david, #sackler-kathe, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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A.A. to Zoom, Substance Abuse Treatment Goes Online

It began as a stopgap way to get through the pandemic, but both participants and providers say virtual sessions have some clear advantages and will likely become a permanent part of recovery.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hazelden-betty-ford-foundation, #narcotics-anonymous, #telemedicine, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #your-feed-healthcare, #zoom-video-communications

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It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech’s hooks with goals, rules and boundaries.

#addiction-psychology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sleep, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping

“We’re stepping backward from all the advances we’ve made in tobacco control,” one investigator said.

#addiction-psychology, #e-cigarettes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #juul-labs-inc, #lungs, #nicotine, #puff-bar-disposable, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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Republicans and Democrats Agree: End the War on Drugs

Voters in red and blue states may be in accord on nothing else, but they passed measures to liberalize drug laws.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oregon, #states-us, #united-states

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$26 Billion Settlement Offer in Opioid Lawsuits Gains Support

Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like.

#addiction-psychology, #amerisourcebergen-corp, #cardinal-health-inc, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #janssen-pharmaceutica, #johnsonjohnson, #mckesson-corporation, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare

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This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

An approach called contingency management rewards drug users with money and prizes for staying abstinent. But few programs offer it, in part because of moral objections to the concept.

#addiction-psychology, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #methamphetamines, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

#addiction-psychology, #artificial-intelligence, #brain, #chang-edward-f, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #gallant-jack-l, #halpern-casey-h, #implants, #kirsch-robert-f, #paralysis, #privacy, #sensors, #touch-sense, #voice-recognition-systems, #yuste-rafael

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