Tag Archives: substance abuse

Community Effort Can Decrease Teen Drinking and Smoking, Study Finds

A new study finds a program designed to assist communities in preventing unhealthy behaviors in teens is effective in reducing adolescent smoking and drinking. …

Florida Lawmakers Call for More Substance Abuse Treatment for Prisoners

One out of 10 Florida inmates is incarcerated for using drugs, and only a small percentage of these prisoners are receiving help for their addiction, advocates for increased treatment told members of the state’s Senate Criminal Justice Committee. …

Commentary: Substance Abuse Treatment Providers: Act Now to Get Ready for Health Care Reform

Substance abuse treatment providers must start making changes now so they are ready when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in 2014, says Dr. Thomas Freese. …

Off-Label Use of Newer Antipsychotic Drugs Unhelpful in Substance Use Disorders

A review of studies looking at newer antipsychotic drugs prescribed “off-label” for conditions including substance use and eating disorders finds they are not effective in treating these conditions. …

SAMHSA Announces Grant Awards For Substance Abuse Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced it is awarding 46 grants totaling $22.5 million for substance abuse prevention efforts. …

Polls Finds Few Parents Believe Their Own Teens Are Drinking or Smoking Marijuana

A new national poll finds few parents believe their own teenagers have used alcohol or marijuana in the past year. The findings stand in stark contrast to another national poll that found a much higher percentage of self-reported substance use among teens. …

Survey Links Social Networking Sites with Increased Risk of Substance Abuse in Teens

A new survey suggests teens who spend time on Facebook and other social networking sites are at greater risk of substance abuse compared with teens who don’t visit the sites. …

Study Finds Drug Testing in Schools Has Only Small Effect in Reducing Substance Use

Conducting drug tests in high schools appears to have only a small effect in reducing substance use, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found the tests had no influence on male students, and only a slight impact on females—but only in some schools. …

More Colleges Institute Recovery Programs

A growing number of colleges are creating recovery programs for students, The Wall Street Journal reports. This summer, a group of colleges has formed the Association for Recovery in Higher Education to promote these initiatives. …

Economic Woes Prevent Expansion of Veterans Courts in California

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have encouraged more districts to create veterans courts, citing a lack of funding. …