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Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora Volkow

The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown cle...

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

Amid a Boom in Addiction Treatment, Will Big New Players Understand the Old Model Must Change?

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

This was first published in National Council, a publication of the National Council for Behavioral Health Sam knew he was out of second chances when ...

Arin Greenwood

How Do You Make Republicans Care About Animal Testing? This Guy Has A Plan | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green

Anthony Bellotti's day job is working as a Republican strategist specializing in opposition research, with clients that have included Gov. Arnold Schw...

Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

Louisiana Bans Synthetic Marijuana Components Following Health Scare

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

By Jon Herskovitz March 20 (Reuters) - Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to ste...

Federal Drug Agency Admits It's Clueless About Marijuana

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol....

Are Drugs Today Really Cheaper, Purer, and More Available Than Ever?

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Some critics go so far as to say that "illegal drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today" than ever before. This is a compelling argument and a powerful sound bite, to be sure. There's just one problem: It's not true.

We Need a Conceptual Breakthrough in the War on Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Among the misconceptions fostered by AA and the disease theory of addiction is the idea of "hitting bottom" -- that there is some objective state beneath which no human being will go. The same is true in our misconceptions about what will end our war on drugs.

Shock Study Finds Link Between Jagerbombs And Casual Sex

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.27.2012 | College

If you drink a Red Bull, then polish off half a handle of Captain Morgan, you're more likely to have casual sex. That's according to a new study fr...

Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. In other words, the meaning of addiction is a never-ending American, and thus worldwide, cultural debate.

Behind the Lack of Medical Marijuana Research: Feds Disallowing Initiatives

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

A "catch-22" has long plagued medical marijuana advocates and patients. Lawmakers and health regulators demand clinical studies on safety and efficacy, but the feds bar these studies from being conducted.

Why We Can't Legalize Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

California's multibillion dollar sales of marijuana can't be taxed while the State drowns in red ink. Yet the Obama Administration won't contemplate the possibility of legalizing marijuana. Why not?

What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Addiction is a nasty business which enslaves people. But if you're going to target that practice, then you'd better come and take all the coffee and Diet Coke the office.

The Failure of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

John Carnevale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Carnevale

Having spent eleven years in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, I can say that in contradiction to a recent report, we have little reason to believe that America has reached a turning point in the war on drugs.

What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

What possible advances in the treatment of cancer could have been achieved had U.S. government officials chosen to advance, not suppress, research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabis?