College Students Often Start Using Substances in Summer, SAMHSA Study Shows

A first of a kind study, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) conducted in August 2015, shed insight on substance use patterns among one in five full-time college students (18-22) who were using illicit or potentially harmful substances. The study which tracks initiation of use by month shows that the initiation for…

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Building LGBT Cultural Competence in Health Care

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the rate of Substance Abuse Disorder among the LGBT community isn’t well known but studies indicate that it is somewhere between 20%—30% which is significantly higher than the general population which stands at 9%. Additionally, men who have sex with men are 3.5 times…

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National PTSD Awareness Day, June 27th

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which an individual experiences immense feelings of stress and anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. According to the National Center for PTSD, some people cope with their PTSD by drinking heavily or by using drugs. PTSD increases the risk that the person with the…

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Confronting Sexual Assault and Alcohol Consumption

Conservative estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault suggest that 25% of American women have experienced a sexual assault, including rape.  Approximately half of those cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both. It is important to note that an intoxicated individual cannot legally consent to sexual activity.  Forcing sex on someone who…

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New Implant for Treating Opioid Addiction

A panel of medical experts recommended in January 2016 that the Food and Drug Administration approve a new way of treating opiate addiction and on May 26, 2016, the FDA announced approval for the first buprenorphine implant for the treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for…

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Many Studies Saying Alcohol Consumption is Healthy are Flawed

There have been many studies over the years acclaiming the potential health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, particularly when it comes to the heart and longevity. But new research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs indicates that many of these studies are flawed and that many of the purported benefits are likely overestimated. Lead researcher…

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