Some People Taking Pain Medicine Prescribed to Pets

Some People Taking Pain Medicine Prescribed to Pets
The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association is warning its members that some people are taking pain medicine prescribed to pets, according to The Boston Globe. The group is working with law enforcement to educate its members about opioid abuse. “The misuse of pet medication has serious safety implications — for people and animals,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, in a letter to members of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. “Educating people about the signs of drug misuse, available treatment resources and how to properly store and dispose of all medications is a crucial part of helping to stem the tide of overdoses and death.” Ryan said she learned about the problem when she met a woman whose pet was still in pain despite having been prescribed pain medicine. The woman found out a family member had been taking her pet’s pain pills. “It suddenly became clear why the pet had...
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Report Finds Dramatic Increase in Proportion of Babies Born Dependent on Opioids

Report Finds Dramatic Increase in Proportion of Babies Born Dependent on Opioids
A new government report finds a dramatic increase in the proportion of babies born dependent on opioid drugs, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers. Between 2000 and 2009 the number of infants born to women who had used opioids increased nearly fivefold annually–from 1.19 to 5.63 per 1,000 hospital births. The report also found that an annual average of about 21,000 pregnant women ages 15 to 44 misused opioids in the past month, according to HealthDay. “It is critical that pregnant women of all ages have access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services that meet their specialized needs,” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Kana Enomoto said in a news release. “Programs that provide pregnant women with access to opioid use disorder treatment and reproductive health services can help ensure that these future mothers and their children live healthier, happier and more productive lives.”
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SAMHSA's 13th Annual Prevention Day is Monday February 6th

SAMHSA's 13th Annual Prevention Day is Monday February 6th
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene its 13th Annual Prevention Day on Monday, February 6, 2017, in conjunction with the CADCA’s National Leadership Forum. SAMHSA’s Prevention Day highlights “Power of Prevention: Strengthening Community Voices.” This exciting one-day event features dynamic speakers and informative training sessions for prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers, and consumers in the behavioral health field sharing SAMHSA’s prevention priorities for the coming year and providing participants with the necessary training, technical assistance, and resources to successfully address prevention issues. Share your experiences and information with other SAMHSA grantees and partners, and build your program skills across a variety of prevention topics. Also, learn how to leverage your community’s efforts, tell your prevention story, and showcase the impact of your prevention programming on community health by getting involved in SAMHSA’s 2017 National Prevention Week. This annual health observance is dedicated to increasing public awareness...
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10 years after September 11th, Exposed Individuals Display Intensity of Binge Drinking

10 years after September 11th, Exposed Individuals Display Intensity of Binge Drinking
The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center resulted in elevated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use among exposed individuals. The relationship among traumatic exposure, PTSD, and excessive drinking is well documented; however, little is known about these relationships in the long term. This study examines factors increasing binge drinking risk among exposed individuals a decade post-9/11. According to an article in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, binge drinking was reported by 24.7% of participants in a research study, of whom 36.9% reported high-intensity binge drinking. The article concludes that observed associations among traumatic exposure, PTSD, and excessive drinking underscore the need for improved therapies addressing excessive drinking and PTSD concurrently, inclusion of repeated post-event screening for excessive drinking, and evidence-based population-level interventions to reduce alcohol consumption.
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Is There a Link Between Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia?

Is There a Link Between Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia?
According to Medical News Today, a recent research suggests that not only are people who are prone to schizophrenia more likely to try cannabis, but that cannabis may also increase the risk of developing symptoms. Studies show that cannabis use is more common among people with psychosis than in the general population, and that it may also increase the risk of psychotic symptoms. A new study, published in Psychological Medicine, has added to the body of evidence pointing to a link between schizophrenia and the use of cannabis. Its use has been linked to symptoms of psychosis, such as paranoia and delusional thinking, in up to 40 percent of users. Earlier this year, scientists warned that young people who use cannabis could be putting themselves at risk of psychotic disorders. People with schizophrenia appear to have a higher chance of experiencing psychosis if they use cannabis.
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