Tag Archives: Brain

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 …

McLellan Confirmed for White House Demand-Reduction Post

Acclaimed addiction researcher A. Thomas McLellan has been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Aug. 8 that McLellan’s appointment …

Smoking Marijuana Damages Cells, DNA, Study Suggests

Researchers who compared the effects of marijuana smoke to tobacco smoke concluded that smoking marijuana did as much cellular and genetic damage as smoking cigarettes, although only tobacco smoke damaged chromosomes, the CanWest News Service reported Aug. 6. Study author Rebecca …

Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost Benefits Analysis

Looking to convince policymakers that they should fund your prevention program? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has just released a new publication that can help you build a case for support. Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and …

Poppy Tea Tied to Two Deaths in Colo.

Two young residents of Boulder, Colo., recently died after drinking tea made from the pods of opium poppies, the source plant for heroin and other opiate drugs. The Boulder Camera reported July 21 that Jeffery Joseph Bohan, 19, was  found …

Nearly Half of Americans Say They Couldn’t Afford Alcohol or Drug Treatment

Nearly half of U.S. adults — 49 percent — say that they would not be able to afford alcohol or drug treatment if they or someone in their family needed it, according to a telephone survey conducted this past June. …

New Study Seeks to Help Combat Effects of Alcohol on Fetal Brain Development

A new U.S. study of pregnant women in the Ukraine will seek to determine if the prenatal nutrient choline could help protect the fetus from the potential harmful effects to their brain development caused by the mother’s drinking, the Associated …

Mexican Legislature Votes for Drug Decriminalization

President Felipe Calderon is expected to approve legislation passed by the Mexican Congress that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs, the Los Angeles Times reported June 21. Users caught with five grams of marijuana …

California Board Rules Marijuana Smoke a Carcinogen

A California state board called marijuana smoke a health hazard and has added it to the state’s list of environmental hazards, placing the drug alongside other carcinogens like arsenic, asbestos, and DDT, the San Jose Mercury News reported June 19. Scientists …

1,000 Treatment Providers Join the ACTION Campaign

The Adopting Changes to Improve Outcomes Now (ACTION) Campaign has successfully met its goal to enroll 1000 substance abuse treatment providers, announced Campaign Director Kim Johnson. The ACTION Campaign promotes the national adoption of proven practices for enhancing client access …