Caffeine, E-Cig news, Zohydro and other Opioid news and death
May 8, 2014
Coffee 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.
Overview of Treatment, Brain Area Tied to Problem Gambling
April 21, 2014
An 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.'
MJ Reports, Legalizing CBD, Mandatory Sentence Attitudes, Phone Apps for Recovery
April 9, 2014
Reports 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.
CNS Productions has sadly lost another member of its family in 2014. Howard S. LaMere was our Information Technology Guru, Host of The CNS Addiction Podcast, Communications Director and social consciousness inspiration since he joined the CNS team in 2004. He passed away peacefully but unexpectedly just six months after our loss of Mr. William Cohen. Howard was a radio pioneer in Southern Oregon as a contributor to the creation of Jefferson Public Radio. He created and then hosted the Ante Meridian morning music show for KSOR-FM for many decades. Howard LaMere had great creative foresight and innovation. He directed national broadcasts of the Britt Music Festival, worked at the Rogue Gallery, Ashland Actors Workshop, Southern Oregon Public Television and Gold Beach Theater. He used this vast experience to create and host our CNS Podcast that produced almost 300 episodes over the past few years.
Along with his professional endeavors, Howard S. Lemere was committed to environmental and social causes in Southern Oregon. He was a board director for the Ashland Community Food Store, an original participant in the Siskiyou Regional Education Project, produced a bioregional report and supported an annual conference plus a quarterly journal that brought together all factions concerned about the Southern Oregon region. Howard also worked with the City of Ashland, Rogue Community College, Rogue Institute for Ecology and Economy, Rogue Interpretive Center, Southern Oregon Historical Society, Southern Oregon University and Southwestern Community College.
Howard LaMere was more than a colleague; to all of us he was also a friend and most of all, an inspiration that helped us to understand the importance of our work for the better health of the communities we live in. He was much appreciated and is deeply missed.
Emmy award winner, filmmaker, author, lecturer William Cohen passed away suddenly in May of 2014 while finishing this edition of Uppers Downers All Arounders.
Bill considered himself, above all else, an educator and a storyteller. His career spanned forty years and began in the news room of a San Francisco television station. He learned his craft writing, editing and producing daily news segments and longer documentary pieces on a variety of topics. His interest in medicine led to a partnership with like-minded colleagues in Biomed Arts Associates, Inc., a company specializing in medical illustration, still photography and video with a diverse client that included medical equipment manufacturers and the University of California, San Francisco.
Bill always looked beneath the surface and along with partners Paul Steinbroner and Dr. Darryl Inaba was instrumental in developing the educational materials that have earned CNS Productions, Inc. the respect they enjoy as one of the primary sources of information on alcohol, drug and behavioral addictions.
Uppers Downers All Arounders, the college level textbook Cohen co-authored with Dr. Inaba, has been an indispensable reference for the over twelve thousand students each year who are assigned the text for their coursework. Treatment centers, local law enforcement, the FBI Training Academy, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration rely on the always current information each edition delivers and the reader-friendly style of the presentation.
Bills affable style, his quirky sense of humor, and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by his family, friends and professional colleagues.
CNS Productions produces one of the leading drug education textbook for college and university level drug and addiction education classrooms - Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, 8th Edition. In addition, CNS Productions provides support and teaching aids to assist instructors, including student study guides, instructional support videos for every chapter in the book, sample tests, online educational and interactive crossword puzzles, as well as both paperback and eBook versions of the textbook.
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