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First Nationally Accredited Addiction Medicine Residency Programs to Start July

On July 1, the first group of medical residents will start training in 10 newly accredited addiction medicine residencies around the country. The programs, accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation, will signal a new era in addiction medicine, says ABAM Foundation President Kevin Kunz, MD. …

Florida Officials Want to Protect Babies of Women Addicted to Prescription Drugs

Florida officials met with health care executives last week to discuss how to protect babies born to women addicted to prescription drugs. An estimated 1,300 babies were treated for drug withdrawal in Florida in 2010, a 30 percent jump from the previous year. …

Ohio Senator Introduces Bill Designed to Cut Down on Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill designed to cut down on the abuse of prescription opioids. The bill would limit the number of doctors from which “high-risk” Medicaid beneficiaries could receive prescriptions, as well as pharmacies from which they could obtain opioids. …

Animal Study Finds Effects of Nicotine on Brain Mirror Those of Cocaine

The effects of nicotine on the parts of the brain involved with addiction are similar to the effects of cocaine, according to a study using rat brain tissue. …

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke May Increase Cravings Among Smokers

Being exposed to secondhand smoke in an enclosed space such as a car has a direct impact on the brain and may increase cravings among smokers, a new study suggests. The authors say that this exposure in children might increase the chance they will become smokers in their teen years. …

Dr. Tom McLellan: Addiction and Segregation

Addiction is a disease that is hard to understand, explains Dr. Tom McLellan, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, and Director, Penn Center for Substance Abuse Solutions. …

Nic Sheff, Author of We All Fall Down, Interview: Part 2 of 2

In the second half of his interview with Join Together, Nic Sheff, author of the new memoir We All Fall Down, discusses what treatment and recovery mean to him. …

Nic Sheff, Author of We All Fall Down, Interview: Part 1 of 2

Join Together sits down with Nic Sheff, author of the new memoir We All Fall Down, to discuss his personal journey of recovery from substance abuse. …

Addiction Treatment Professionals Pay Comes Up Short in Survey

You can make more money as the manager of a fast food restaurant than as a licensed social worker with a master’s degree, according to a new survey. The 2011 Behavioral Health Salary Survey found that addiction treatment and mental health professionals are paid much lower salaries than their counterparts in other healthcare sectors. …

New Service Matches Clinicians with Mentors to Help Treat Patients’ Substance Abuse

A free nationwide service has been launched to help primary care providers who are looking for help in identifying and advising substance-abusing patients. …