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Xanax-related ER Visits Double in 6 Years

Source: CNN | Posted on May 22, 2014

Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse… continue reading »

Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

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SAMHSA Considering Changes to Privacy of Alcohol and Substance Records

Source: Government Health IT | Posted on May 22, 2014

Although electronic health records (EHRs) have revolutionized the coordination of care, physicians and mental health practitioners are often left in the dark about their patients’ substance abuse history and treatment because of outdated confidentiality requirements meant to protect individuals from the stigma of being labeled as an abuser of alcohol… continue reading »

Although electronic health records (EHRs) have revolutionized the coordination of care, physicians and mental health practitioners are often left in the dark about their patients’ substance abuse history and treatment because of outdated confidentiality requirements meant to protect individuals from the stigma of being labeled as an abuser of alcohol or drugs.  Long overdue changes to the confidentiality requirements applied to alcohol and substance abuse treatment records may finally be on the way.

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Study Gives E-Cigarettes Edge in Helping Smokers Quit

Source: New York Times | Posted on May 20, 2014

A large study in England has found that smokers trying to quit were substantially more likely to succeed if they used electronic cigarettes than over-the-counter therapies such as nicotine patches or gum. These results offered encouraging but not definitive evidence in the contentious debate about the risks and benefits of… continue reading »

A large study in England has found that smokers trying to quit were substantially more likely to succeed if they used electronic cigarettes than over-the-counter therapies such as nicotine patches or gum. These results offered encouraging but not definitive evidence in the contentious debate about the risks and benefits of these increasingly popular smoking devices.

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Conservative Group Begins Pushing for Medical Marijuana in Texas

Source: WOAI.com | Posted on May 20, 2014

A conservative group says it will begin pushing hard for the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Texas, 1200 WOAI’s Berit Mason reports. Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, or MAMMA, says the group will be urging lawmakers in the sessions that begins in January to push for revisions… continue reading »

A conservative group says it will begin pushing hard for the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Texas, 1200 WOAI’s Berit Mason reports. Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, or MAMMA, says the group will be urging lawmakers in the sessions that begins in January to push for revisions in state law to allow marijuana to be used as a treatment, especially for sick children who suffer from the seizures associated with autism.

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The Three Deadliest Drugs in America are All Totally Legal

Source: Vox | Posted on May 19, 2014

As the US debates drug policy and marijuana legalization, there’s one aspect of the war on drugs that remains perplexingly contradictory: some of the most dangerous drugs in the US are perfectly legal.

As the US debates drug policy and marijuana legalization, there’s one aspect of the war on drugs that remains perplexingly contradictory: some of the most dangerous drugs in the US are perfectly legal.

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E-Cigarettes Expose People to More than ‘Harmless’ Water Vapor and Should be Regulated, UCSF Scientists Find

Source: UCSF | Posted on May 15, 2014

In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, UC San Francisco scientists found that industry claims about the devices are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. The review marks the first comprehensive assessment of peer-reviewed published research into the relatively new phenomenon of… continue reading »

In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, UC San Francisco scientists found that industry claims about the devices are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. The review marks the first comprehensive assessment of peer-reviewed published research into the relatively new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes.

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E-Cigarettes and Mental Health

Source: UCSD Health System | Posted on May 15, 2014

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that people living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without mental health… continue reading »

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that people living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without mental health disorders. They are also more susceptible to trying e-cigarettes in the future in the belief that doing so will help them quit, the scientists said. The FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.

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