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A New Way to View, Treat and Prevent Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use

While the number of teenagers experimenting with alcohol or other drugs has stabilized, the number of high school students who smoke marijuana daily, who binge drink and who get drunk is unacceptably high. In fact, for the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th-graders, and the perception of marijuana use…
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The opioid epidemic—from the headlines to hope

The news can sound dire. Opioid addiction is ruining families and taking lives at an ever increasing rate. In this round-table discussion, Dr. Gottlieb brings together a clinician, researcher, family members and individuals in recovery to go beyond the headlines and look at what is working to bring addicts into treatment. They discuss some interventions…
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Scientists Say They Can Make A Vaccine Against Heroin. It’s An Uphill Battle

Researchers in California have successfully tested a heroin vaccine on monkeys and have shown vaccines against fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone to be viable in rodents. Another team in Maryland has successfully tested a heroin vaccine on rodents. With proper funding, both groups say, they could get their vaccines into human trials within two years. TRI’s…
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Leading Addiction Organizations Respond to Surgeon General’s Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

Legal Action Center, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Treatment Research Institute Issue Joint Statement in Support of Identified Solutions Released today, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health determined that alcohol and drug misuse, substance use disorders and addiction are the most…
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Identifying Early Substance Use and Risk in School Settings

Adolescence is a critical time to prevent initiation of substance use, but unfortunately, adolescent substance use is typically only addressed once it has already become problematic. Adolescents who begin using drugs or alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to develop a substance use disorder than those who begin use after age 21….
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Identifying and Addressing the Unmet Health Care Needs of Drug Court Clients

Drug courts address issues such as employment and housing but largely miss the opportunity to address important health care issues. The current study from the Treatment Research Institute examined the prevalence and correlates of chronic medical conditions among a sample of drug court clients who were participating in a clinical trial of an intervention to…
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Opioid epidemic encourages states to open recovery high schools

“An estimated 1.3 million 12-to-17-year-olds have a substance abuse disorder. Youths between 12 and 19 account for nearly 12 percent of admissions to publicly funded rehab facilities, and about half of all students who return to traditional schools after treatment relapse within a year. Teens who relapse are less likely to stay in school.” Read…
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Obama Administration to Launch New Effort on Heroin Crisis

“The Justice Department is preparing to launch a renewed strategy to address the unrelenting scourge of heroin and opioid addiction, in part by placing greater emphasis on identifying links between over-prescribing doctors and distribution networks across the country.” Read the full USA Today article here.

Smoking and Drinking Rates Among U.S. Tenagers Fall to New Lows

“Smoking and drinking among teenagers fell to new lows in 2015, new federal data show, as young Americans continued to shift away from the habits of their parents. Just 9.6 percent of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, reported using alcohol in 2015, down from 17.6 percent in 2002, according to the data. Far fewer adolescents…
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Help Turn the Tide With the Surgeon General

The U.S. Surgeon General is taking historic action by sending a personal letter to more than 2.3 million health care practitioners and public health leaders. He is seeking our help to address the prescription opioid crisis. Please take a moment to read his letter which is included below. Then go to to join with…
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