Introverts With Few Positive Feelings at Higher Risk of Drug Abuse: Study

April 18, 2014 Posted by

Introverts who tend to have fewer positive feelings, or to not be attracted to rewards in life, are more likely to abuse drugs than more extroverted people with positive emotions, a new study suggests.

Studying personality may help scientists better understand and treat substance use problems, according to the researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Researcher Dr. Sergi Ferré said people who are extroverted and have more positive emotions may be more open to rewards other than good feelings that come from using a drug. For instance, they may feel rewarded by certain social situations such as winning a game or receiving a promotion.

Full story of introverts and drug study at drugfree.org

Private Equity Firm Hopes for Profits From Substance Treatment Facilities

April 17, 2014 Posted by

The private equity firm Bain Capital recently took over the largest chain of substance treatment facilities in Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reports. Bain, which usually makes investments in brand-name companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts, sees treating addiction as big business.

Bain paid $58 million for Habit OPCO Inc., which has 13 locations in Massachusetts. It made the purchase through another company it owns, CRC Health, the largest provider of substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services in the nation.

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Senators Find E-Cigarette Makers Are Targeting Young People

April 16, 2014 Posted by

E-cigarette makers are targeting young people with free samples distributed at music and sporting events, according to an investigation by 11 Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate. The companies are also running radio and television ads during programs aimed at young people, the lawmakers said.

They hope their report will speed the release of e-cigarette regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to The New York Times. Some public health experts say e-cigarettes could help reduce the rate of regular cigarette smoking, while others are concerned the devices could encourage young people to try traditional cigarettes.

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Vermont Becomes Second State to Take Action Against Zohydro Prescribing

April 15, 2014 Posted by

Following the decision by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to order a ban on prescribing and dispensing the pure hydrocodone painkiller Zohydro, Vermont’s governor announced an emergency order to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe the drug.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said he joins the many critics of the drug, who are wondering why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it, according to the Associated Press, “What puzzles all of us is the recent FDA action to approve a new opiate that’s stronger and likely to be even more addictive because of its strength,” he said.

Full story of Vermont and Zohydro prescribing at drugfree.org

Substance Abuse Treatment Much More Likely for Men: Report

April 14, 2014 Posted by

A new government report finds twice as many adult men as women entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011. The report found 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered such facilities that year.

Among teens 12 to 17, the rate of substance dependence for both males and females was about 7 percent, UPI reports. The findings come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Teenage boys were more likely to abuse marijuana, while teenage girls were more likely to abuse alcohol.

Full story of substance abuse treatment for men at drugfree.org