More Americans Are Dying of Drug Overdoses Than Ever Before

Why haven’t we solved the addiction crisis?

#addiction-psychology, #american-medical-assn, #anxiety-and-stress, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-k-12, #harckham-peter-b, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-state, #office-of-alcoholism-and-substance-abuse-service-nys, #opioids-and-opiates, #research, #substance-abuse-and-mental-health-services-administration, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states, #westchester-jewish-community-services, #youth

The Researchers Who Are Resurrecting Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans

Four Veterans Affairs clinicians, frustrated with existing treatments for addiction and PTSD, have turned to drugs the government still deems illegal.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #mental-health-and-disorders, #methamphetamines, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Teens Are Getting Sick From Products With High THC Levels

With THC levels close to 100 percent, today’s cannabis products are making some teenagers highly dependent and dangerously ill.

#addiction-psychology, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #marijuana, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #research, #teenagers-and-adolescence

F.D.A. Set to Propose Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

The move would be an effort to further wean Americans from addictive tobacco products and reduce smoking-related illnesses.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #cancer, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #deaths-fatalities, #e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #lung-cancer, #medicine-and-health, #menthol, #nicotine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #your-feed-healthcare

They Were Cigarette Smokers. Then a Stroke Vanquished Their Addiction.

Patients whose brain injury coincidentally relieved their nicotine cravings may help unravel the neural underpinnings of addiction, a new study suggests.

#addiction-psychology, #brain, #nature-neuroscience-journal, #smoking-and-tobacco, #stroke, #your-feed-science

A New Kind of Drug

How the country’s drug problem is changing, and why it’s growing.

#addiction-psychology, #crime-and-criminals, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #internal-storyline-no, #smuggling

Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits

New data show a surge in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and methamphetamine; overall, the nation saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021.

#addiction-psychology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #methamphetamines, #naloxone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

Why Forced Addiction Treatment Fails

The United States needs more programs that are compassionate and inviting.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

The Next Big Addiction Treatment

Several psychedelic drugs are touted as effective treatments for drug and alcohol abuse. But psilocybin combined with therapy is emerging as the most effective.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #ketamine-drug, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #psychology-and-psychologists, #smoking-and-tobacco, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Opioids, Chronic Pain and Addiction

Readers respond to a guest essay by Maia Szalavitz about the opioid crisis. Also: The Republicans and the Ukraine war.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #republican-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Kathy Griffin Survived Cancer and Cancellation

The comedian explains why she “takes umbrage” with the term “cancellation,” and how her career still hasn’t fully recovered.

#addiction-psychology, #audio-neutral-informative, #cuomo-andrew-m, #griffin-kathy, #oxycontin-drug, #rogan-joe

The Synthetic Nicotine Loophole Fueling a Return to Teenage Vaping

Sales are rising of flavored e-cigarettes using synthetic nicotine that evades regulatory oversight, a gap that lawmakers are now trying to close.

#addiction-psychology, #e-cigarettes, #food-and-drug-administration, #juul-labs-inc, #nicotine, #puff-bar-disposable, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

Were These Doctors Treating Pain or Dealing Drugs?

The Supreme Court will hear from two convicted pill mill doctors in cases that could have significant implications for physicians’ latitude to prescribe addictive painkillers.

#addiction-psychology, #medicine-and-health, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-science

Online Sports Betting Makes an Eye-Popping Debut in New York

Since the state legalized online gambling in January, bets have poured in, bringing revenue to tax coffers but worrying addiction specialists.

#addabbo-joseph-p-jr, #addiction-psychology, #advertising-and-marketing, #american-gaming-assn, #athletics-and-sports, #budgets-and-budgeting, #casinos, #gambling, #hochul-kathleen-c, #politics-and-government, #super-bowl

Online Sports Betting’s N.Y. Debut: $2.4 Billion in Wagers in 5 Weeks

Since the state legalized online gambling in January, bets have poured in, bringing revenue to tax coffers but worrying addiction specialists.

#addabbo-joseph-p-jr, #addiction-psychology, #advertising-and-marketing, #american-gaming-assn, #athletics-and-sports, #budgets-and-budgeting, #casinos, #gambling, #hochul-kathleen-c, #politics-and-government, #super-bowl

Uproar Over ‘Crack Pipes’ Puts Biden Drug Strategy at Risk

President Biden has made “harm reduction” a central pillar of his plan to fight a record number of drug-related deaths, but a conservative backlash is threatening the effort.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Will We Ever Understand Addiction?

Carl Erik Fisher’s book, “The Urge,” partly a memoir of his own alcoholism, provides an overview of the many approaches that have been used to treat addictions.

#addiction-psychology, #books-and-literature, #fisher-carl-erik, #the-urge-our-history-of-addiction-book

‘We’re All Sort of Primed for Addiction’

The other public health crisis we’re living through right now.

#addiction-psychology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates

Overdose Deaths in the United States Are Rising at a Troubling Rate

Overdoses are increasing at a troubling rate.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #internal-storyline-no, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #united-states

C.D.C. Proposes New Guidelines for Treating Pain, Including Opioid Use

The agency threw out previous recommended limits on doses but encouraged “nonopioid therapies” wherever possible.

#addiction-psychology, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain-relieving-drugs, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

How to Break a Phone Addiction

Whether smartphone overuse constitutes a true addiction is still up for debate, but experts say there are ways to cut back.

#addiction-psychology, #content-type-service, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media

The Complexities of Addiction Treatment

Responses to an essay about the experience of Oregon and Portugal with drug decriminalization. Also: Jeff Zucker’s ouster at CNN; displaying good news.

#addiction-psychology, #cnn, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #oregon, #portugal, #zucker-jeff

The Rising Human Cost of Sports Betting

The ends of the college and pro football seasons were already a perilous time for people recovering from a gambling addiction. Then came the onslaught of ads for legal sports betting.

#addiction-psychology, #athletics-and-sports, #casinos, #gambling, #super-bowl

Even the Best Smartwatch Might Be Bad for Your Brain

I didn’t know how my workout had gone, or how I’d slept last night, until I opened the app.

#addiction-psychology, #anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #exercise, #mobile-applications, #wearable-computing

Oregon Decriminalized Drug Possession and Is Helping People With Addiction

The promise of Oregon’s drug decriminalization plan.

#addiction-psychology, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #oregon, #prisons-and-prisoners

Should Addiction Be Viewed as a Disease?

Responses to an essay by a doctor that argued that it shouldn’t. Also: Conservatives and climate change; political donations; the Covid Olympics; shooting hoops.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #basketball, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2012, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

It’s Misleading to Call Addiction a Disease

The view that addiction is a disease makes it an individual problem. That’s dangerous.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders

Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times.

America can’t arrest its way out of a problem caused by the fundamental human need to connect.

#addiction-psychology, #endorphins, #loneliness, #opioids-and-opiates

Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City

The Manhattan facilities will provide clean needles, administer medication to reverse overdoses and provide users with options for addiction treatment.

#addiction-psychology, #botticelli-michael-p-1958, #chokshi-dave-a, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #east-harlem-manhattan-ny, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #injection-sites, #justice-department, #manhattan-nyc, #methadone, #new-york-city, #new-york-harm-reduction-educators, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #white-house-office-of-national-drug-control-policy

Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread

More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said.

#addiction-psychology, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #united-states, #your-feed-science

How I Knew I Needed to Quit Instagram

Just like with alcohol, social media left me feeling anxious and removed from myself.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #anxiety-and-stress, #instagram-inc, #mental-health-and-disorders, #social-media

How to Spot a Love Addict

Experts question whether we can describe a toxic relationship the way we talk about gambling or alcohol. But some have found that framework to be a helpful step in the road to freedom.

#addiction-psychology, #dating-and-relationships, #emotions, #love-emotion, #single-persons, #social-media, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #tiktok-bytedance

The Black Recovery Stories Speaking to Individual and Collective Wellness

Long sidelined, these narratives are ascendant in the culture, and offer an elastic yet demanding view of what it might take for Americans — and their nation — to heal.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #black-people, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #holiday-billie, #laymon-kiese

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #friedman-michael-pharmaceutical-executive, #goldenheim-paul-d, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-richard-1945, #udell-howard

Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here’s Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.

People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #blood-pressure, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-institute-on-alcohol-abuse-and-alcoholism, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Michael Pollan: How Should We Do Drugs Now?

The war on drugs is ending. Now we have to figure out what the peace looks like. 

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #food-and-drug-administration, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #native-american-church, #opioids-and-opiates, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs

Juul Is Fighting to Keep Its E-Cigarettes on the U.S. Market

The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #crosthwaite-k-c, #e-cigarettes, #federal-trade-commission, #food-and-drug-administration, #juul-labs-inc, #nicotine, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smoking-and-tobacco, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-healthcare, #youth

Juul Settles N.C. Vaping Case, Agrees to Pay $40 Million

The settlement is the first in a stream of lawsuits against the company, which has been accused of deceptive marketing practices that contributed to a wave of nicotine addiction in teenagers.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #e-cigarettes, #juul-labs-inc, #smoking-and-tobacco, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-healthcare

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support

Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #greensboro-nc, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #naloxone-drug, #your-feed-healthcare

‘On That Edge of Fear’: One Woman’s Struggle With Sickle Cell Pain

Cures for a disease that mostly afflicts Black people seem near, but may come too late for Lisa Craig, who lives with an agony like knives stabbing her bones.

#addiction-psychology, #black-people, #blood, #chronic-condition-health, #doctors, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #vanderbilt-university-medical-center

Juul Wanted to Disrupt Big Tobacco. Instead It Created an Epidemic of Addiction.

In “The Devil’s Playbook,” Lauren Etter tells the story of the rise and fall of the start-up that tried to upend the cigarette industry.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #books-and-literature, #bowen-adam, #e-cigarettes, #etter-lauren, #juul-labs-inc, #monsees-james, #nicotine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #start-ups, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #the-devils-playbook-big-tobacco-juul-and-the-addiction-of-a-new-generation-book

Mae Martin Embraces Ambiguity in ‘Feel Good,’ and in Life

In an interview, the creator and star of the Netflix comedy discusses the hazy line between fact and fiction, the value of uncertainty and the joy of finally getting to be a leading man.

#addiction-psychology, #british-academy-of-film-and-television, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #feel-good-tv-program, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kudrow-lisa, #london-england, #martin-mae, #netflix-inc, #optimism, #page-elliot-1987, #pessimism, #ritchie-charlotte-1989, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #television, #toronto-ontario

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

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

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

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

What if the Pain Never Ends?

I will still have to face it with dignity.

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

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

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

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