Tag Archives: Brain

$13.5 Million Awarded for Treatment Capacity Expansion

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $15.3 million in grants for expanding addiction treatment capacity “in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services,” the agency announced. Thirteen grantees will receive …

Missouri Town Requires Prescriptions for Cold, Allergy Medications

Union, Mo., just became the second town in the U.S. to pass a law that requires a prescription to buy (formerly) over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines such as Sudafed, Aleve Cold & Sinus and Claritin D, which contain the methamphetamine …

Adult Drug Treatment Courts Funded

Adult drug treatment courts in 44 communities nationally will be expanded thanks to $38.2 million in grants recently awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The three-year grants will be used to provide addiction treatment, recovery …

Underage Facebook Members Exposed to Alcohol Ads, Promotions, Report Says

The Marin Institute is calling on Facebook to stop accepting paid ads for alcoholic beverages and to ban alcohol-related pages, applications and events, citing a study that found that alcohol-related content is reaching underage Facebook users despite company policies designed …

State Sues N.H. Tobacco Store That Allows Customers to Make Own Cigarettes

A tobacco-shop owner in Brookline, N.H., who has two roll-your-own tobacco machines for customer use is being sued by the state as a “cigarette manufacturer,” the Manchester Union-Leader reported Aug. 19. Under the nationwide tobacco settlement of 1998, manufacturers of …

Online Counseling Can Work as Well as In-Person Therapy

Internet-based counseling conducted in real time with text messaging and other modern communication tools can be just as effective as face-to-face meetings with a counselor, CNN reported Aug. 31. Researchers recently reported that 38 percent of depressed patients who received …

Report Says U.K. Has Worst Teen Alcohol Problems

Teenagers in the U.K. are more likely to get drunk than those in other industrialized nations, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The BBC reported Sept. 1 that the study found that …

Great Britain to Ban Alternative Drug Products

A trio of alternative drug products that promise a “legal high” in lieu of taking drugs like marijuana, amphetamines and GHB will soon be banned by the British government, the Guardian reported Aug. 25. Home Secretary Alan Johnson has endorsed …

Alcoholics Have Hard Time Processing Emotions, Study Finds

Brain damage caused by excessive drinking can impair the ability to read facial expressions and blunt emotions even among those in long-term recovery from alcoholism, Science Daily reported Aug. 12. Alcohol-related deficits in the amygdala and hippocampus regions of the …

Binge Drinking Affects Even Sober Brain, Study Finds

Self-reported binge drinkers performed worse on cognitive tests compared to non-bingers, even when they were sober, the Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 11. Researchers at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain said the findings hinted that binge drinking …