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Posted on May 8, 2014Coffee and cigarettes have long been a part of the morning ritual ... now we have concerns about actual coffee/caffeine addiction. E-cig news includes a study earlier this year, finding cancer indications like tobacco, especially snuff, from using e-cigarettes. However, the study used specially prepared lung cells, not humans. And the FDA has released its draft regulations for e-cigarettes, prohibiting their sale to minors, requiring warning labels, and asking that new device be submitted to the FDA for testing and evaluation. Several more stories about opioids and heroin. Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Irish rocker Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and founder of Band-Aid , has died unexpectedly of a heroin overdose. Also there are a number of stories about pregnant women using and being addicted to prescribed opioids as well as heroin. And the protests continue about Zohydro, the new Vicodin-like medication that is 10 times stronger, and contains no acetaminophen.
Posted on April 21, 2014An overview of where treatment is at, and where it might be headed. A recent NBC series featured Tom McLellan, Deputy Director of the government Office of Drug Control Policy. A much respected addiction research psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, he found that treatment in general was in a sorry state, and he founded the non-profit Treatment Research Institute, aimed at developing science-based solutions to addiction. We also look at new research from the University of Cambidge which has identified the insula cortex as being an area where, when its overactive, lead compulsive gamblers to "chase their losses.'
Posted on April 9, 2014Reports on medical and recreational marijuana and their business aspects frpm Darryl, who spoke recently at a conference in Hawaii. Utah is in the process of legalizing the medical use of "Charlotte's Web," the compound made of non-psychotropic molecules from marijuana. Pew Research released a report showing that public views on mandatory drug sentences have changed, with more than half now saying they should be modified and reduced, and wanting to see more treatment available. A Virginia-based company received FDA approval for an automatic injector of the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, specifically tested and intended for use by caregivers, family members, or coworkers. And a new smartphone app for alcoholics in recovery, nicknamed A-CHESS, is being being developed and tested by the University of Wisconsin in Madison and others.
Posted on March 31, 2014
I ran across an article on an oxytocin study <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/274315.php>
and it's relation to addiction development. Â I wondered what you think about this direction. Â It seems pretty interesting.
P.S. Â Our students love Uppers, Downers...
Wanda Urban, MS, CADC III, HS-BCP
Human Services Program
Chemeketa Community College
Salem, Oregon 97309-7070
Posted on March 31, 2014
This is some information that my marketing guy ran across and I am curious about your opinion regarding using ibogaine in this manner? Your feedback is appreciated. I hope all is well. Looking forward to the summer school and seeing you again...
What is Iboga?
Iboga is the rootbark of the Central West-African plant Tabernanthe iboga, used traditionally in rites of passage and healing rituals. Ibogaine is the most researched iboga-alkaloid, but related alkaloids might also have therapeutic properties.
Detoxification from opioids with a single large dose of ibogaine has been consistently observed in humans and corresponds to a large body of animal work. Treatment with ibogaine is followed by a period of variable duration of reduced craving for multiple substances including opiates, stimulants, alcohol, benzodiazepines and nicotine. The iboga experience facilitates a profound revision of one's personal history and life situation and adjustment of one's behavior and role in the family and society. New Zealand was the first country in the world to accept ibogaine as a prescription medication in 2009.
Thanks for your input.
Russ Talbot, M.Ed., LCSW, MAC
Talbot Recovery Solutions, LLC
Posted on March 28, 2014March Madness basketball excites a lot of people ... into gambling - so we talk a bit about sports and gambling. Also the fact that no strata of our society is immune from addiction. The hormone oxytocin is the subject of a new study, correlating its under-development at an early age with addiction. We also discuss other hormones and neurotransmitters that are involved in addiction proclivities. And another gene, which leads people to extremely aggressive behavior, is also correlated to addiction.