Hookah Use Growing, But Many Questions Remain

Hookah Use Growing, But Many Questions Remain
Hookah smoking is growing increasingly popular among teens and young adults, but there are many questions still unanswered about its safety, according to an expert who is studying the issue. These questions include long-term effects of hookah smoking, the potential health effects for the many users who only smoke hookah a couple of times a month, and whether hookah users are more likely to switch to cigarettes, according to Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the NYU Langone School of Medicine. He talked about hookah smoking as part of the CASAColumbia Addiction Speaker Series , featuring leading experts in the addiction and substance abuse field. “If hookah smoking leads to regular smoking then we have a really serious problem on our hands,” he said. Dr. Sherman plans to study that question in a long-term study of students at the City University of...
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Some E-Cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills

Some E-Cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills
Some types of e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol to affect motor skills, a new study concludes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids, which may contain alcohol and other chemicals. Yale University researchers tested people who used two commercially available e-cigarettes with either high or low amounts of alcohol. Neither group said they felt differently after they inhaled the vapor. But those who used e-cigarettes with high alcohol levels performed more poorly on psychomotor tests. In some cases, they had detectable levels of alcohol in their urine. “They didn’t actually know they were under the influence of alcohol,” lead researcher Dr. Mehmet Sofuoglu told CNBC. “It still influenced their performance.” About three-quarters of the commercial e-cigarette liquids tested contained less than 1 percent alcohol. Some e-cigarette users create their own liquids with high alcohol content, the researchers note in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . Almost nothing is known about the...
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Almost Half of all Video Games Feature Smoking

Almost Half of all Video Games Feature Smoking
A study of more than 100 video games finds 42 percent feature characters smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and other products, or make references to those products. Experts tell CNN they are concerned young people who play the games may be influenced to start smoking. The study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco included 118 games released between 1994 and 2015 that were rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which makes age recommendations for video games. The findings were published in the journal Tobacco Control . Previous studies have found that teens ages 12 to 17 who see the greatest amount of smoking in movies are about twice as likely to begin smoking, compared with their peers with the least exposure to smoking in movies. Much less is known about the effect of tobacco references in video games, the article notes. Robin Koval, Chief Executive Officer and...
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FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Buprenorphine Implant to Treat Addiction

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Buprenorphine Implant to Treat Addiction
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended recently that the agency approve the buprenorphine implant Probuphine as a treatment for opioid addiction. The FDA is not required to follow their advisory panels’ advice, but usually does so. Probuphine provides a steady dose of buprenorphine, which eases withdrawal symptoms, decreases cravings and reduces the risk of relapse, according to USA Today . Buprenorphine is currently sold as a pill or dissolvable film placed under the tongue. Patients can get buprenorphine at a doctor’s office. Physicians who prescribe the drug must be certified to dispense it. They are only permitted to treat 100 patients at the time, the article notes. Buprenorphine is generally considered to be safer than methadone, because it is less likely to cause an overdose, the newspaper reports. About one million people took buprenorphine in 2012, according to the FDA. Probuphine consists of four rods...
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Federal Government Asked to Help Drug-Dependent Newborns

Federal Government Asked to Help Drug-Dependent Newborns
Two U.S. senators are asking the federal government to address the growing problem of drug-dependent newborns, Reuters reports. They say thousands of infants are born each year to mothers who used opioids during pregnancy. Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania called for hearings on why a federal law that directs states to protect drug-dependent newborns is not being enforced. Senator Charles Schumer of New York wants the Obama Administration to increase funding to help drug-dependent babies. An investigation by Reuters found 110 babies and toddlers whose mothers used opioids during pregnancies and who died under preventable circumstances. In each case, the babies recovered enough to be discharged from the hospital, but were sent home to families not equipped to care for them. The number of babies treated for the drug-withdrawal syndrome known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has almost quadrupled in the last decade, according to a study published earlier this...
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7 in 10 Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads

7 in 10 Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads
Seven in 10 teens are exposed to e-cigarette ads, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teens see the ads on TV, in print, online and at retail outlets, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news release. “I hope all can agree that kids should not use e-cigarettes.” The report did not show a direct link between advertising and teen e-cigarette use, the article notes. The CDC reported last year that e-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014. An estimated 13 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2014, compared with 9 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes. Many e-cigarette ads use themes such...
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Medicaid Proposes to Cover 15 Days of Inpatient Addiction Treatment Per Month

Medicaid Proposes to Cover 15 Days of Inpatient Addiction Treatment Per Month
Medicaid would cover 15 days of inpatient addiction treatment per month under a new proposed plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the program. Inpatient rehab would be covered for anyone enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan. Until now, people on Medicaid generally have had to rely on funds from state and local sources for drug or alcohol treatment, NPR reports. Some treatment providers say the plan doesn’t go far enough. “Where they came up with the 15 days, I don’t know, but it’s not based on research,” said Mike Harle, head of the nonprofit treatment program Gaudenzia, which serves about 20,000 patients a year in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He said 15 days is not enough to achieve a positive outcome. “Do you know how expensive that would be, with no outcome?” he said. Pennsylvania uses a provision in federal law to receive federal...
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Kratom Used as Alternative to Heroin, But Can Lead to Addiction

Kratom Used as Alternative to Heroin, But Can Lead to Addiction
The drug kratom is being used by some people as an alternative to heroin and other illegal drugs even though it, too, can be addictive, The New York Times reports. Kratom is increasingly popular and easily available, the article notes. Some people using kratom go back to using heroin, which is stronger and less expensive. Powdered forms of kratom, which come from a leaf found in Southeast Asia, are sold in head shops, gas station convenience stores and online. The drug is categorized as a botanic dietary supplement. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot restrict the sale of kratom unless it is proved unsafe, or manufacturers claim it treats a medical condition. The FDA banned the import of kratom into the United States in 2014. Kratom is not controlled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has listed kratom as a “drug and chemical of...
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