Are State Lotteries Encouraging Gambling Addiction?
December 11, 2013
A recent series in the Oregonian looks at state sponsored gambling and aggressive marketing, and asks whether the lottery is actually encouraging problem gambling. Bill Cohen guests. PODCAST
Stop Switch, more on ADHD Drug Effects, Zohydro and Buprenorphine
December 2, 2013
New research has located the "Stop Switch" which when damaged, can lead to craving and addiction issues. Another study is showing use of ADHD drugs by young people can make them more susceptible to cocaine addiction. And a discussion of the new 10x more powerful hydrocodone - Zohydro, and the opiate addiction medication buprenorphine. PODCAST
New Brain Area and Addiction, Charlotte's Web Medical MJ, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Most be Covered by Insurance
November 21, 2013
A new area of the brain has been correlated to addiction, especially nicotine, according to a study done at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Scientists say treatments aimed at reducing activity in this area could one day help people overcome tobacco addiction, especially drug cravings. A unique and fairly new strain of medical marijuana called Charlotte's Web is extracted from Cannabidial, a cannabinoid without the Delta-9 THC which gets people high. It is particularly effective in treating childhood epilepsy. And in a statement from HHS Secetary Kathleen Sebelius, the administration has made it very clear that insurance companies must cover mental health and substance abuse treatment in the same way as they cover other chronic, persistent disorders like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, etc. PODCAST
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