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2010-09-10 07:15:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and Hazelden, the national nonprofit focused on addiction treatment, prevention and recovery announced today a new strategic partnership focused on improving the treatment of co-occurring disorders. The partnership announcement was made by NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy during the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Washington, D.C. (Logo:...

2010-09-02 11:57:00

DENVER, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia Russo, chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America today provided keynote remarks and joined Steve Pasierb, Partnership CEO and Ken Winters, PhD., chairman of the organization's science advisory board and professor at the University of Minnesota, to review a number of new research-based programs from the Partnership at the National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference. According to the latest National Survey on Drug...

2010-08-27 15:30:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While Lindsay Lohan's doctors say a personality disorder misdiagnosed as an addiction is the root of her problems, a medical expert from Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center suggests further ongoing addiction treatment will still be needed to save her life. Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director for Timberline Knolls and a psychiatrist who specializes in treatment for addiction and mood disorders, believes Lohan has exhibited the symptoms of a...

2010-08-03 08:07:00

Legal Expert Calls Drug Facilitation a Growing Problem in Hollywood LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomorrow marks the start of criminal proceedings against lawyer and former companion of Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern. Stern, along with co-defendants Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, is accused of obtaining and administering prescription drugs to Smith over the course of their relationship. These drugs eventually led to her overdose and death in 2007....

2010-07-20 07:07:00

NEW YORK, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is pleased to announce the election of Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D. to its Board of Directors. Dr. Rosenthal is a nationally renowned psychiatrist and founder of Phoenix House, one of the nation's leading substance abuse services organizations. A pioneer in the field of substance abuse treatment, he introduced therapeutic models that have become standard throughout the field. "We are honored and excited...

2010-07-07 15:31:14

People with mental health problems are committing fewer homicides while the number of suicides by mental health patients has also fallen, latest figures reveal; a previous rise in homicides by mentally ill people may have been the result of drug misuse, says the report. The study, by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness at The University of Manchester, also found that in-patient suicides have fallen to their lowest recorded figure and that...

2010-06-25 15:02:17

Why is it that only some drug users become addicts? This is the question that has been addressed by the teams of Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Olivier Manzoni, at the Neurocentre Magendie in Bordeaux (Inserm unit 862). These researchers have just discovered that the transition to addiction could result from a persistent impairment of synaptic plasticity in a key structure of the brain. This is the first demonstration that a correlation exists between synaptic plasticity and the transition to...

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2010-06-18 06:20:00

According to a study by two governmental agencies, emergency room visits linked to prescription painkillers abuse have jumped 111 percent over a five-year period, a shocking increase that threatens the public health system in the United States. Emergency room visits involving abuse of painkillers such as oxycodone rose from 144,644 in 2004 to more than 305,850 in 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control...

2010-06-07 15:30:00

BRONX, New York, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) today launches a new, nationwide campaign encouraging teens to engage in a conversation about the positive and negative pressures that influence their decisions. The Influence Project is part of a new emphasis on teens who are central to the anti-drug teen brand, Above the Influence. This emphasis includes hearing directly from teens about what they do to resist drug use and stay...

2010-05-25 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Could your doctor be a drug addict? The answer could surprise you. An article published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that physicians are more likely to become junkies than the public at large. "Health care professionals and physicians in particular have rates of substance abuse that are equal to and often exceed those observed in the general public," according to the article ("Intellectualization of Drug...


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