Mental Health CEUs

Privacy versus public health

The COVID-19 global pandemic has raised many issues at the intersection of law and psychology. One that is becoming a focus of debate is the tension between privacy and public health. Already, companies are using aggregate smartphone location data to assess whether residents are following stay-at-home orders. In some countries,…

What are the effects and side effects of CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and other CBD products have become increasingly popular with consumers looking for an alternative treatment for a range of ailments, conditions, and diseases. Cannabis plants contain a group of substances called cannabinoids. Although there are more than 100 cannabinoids, the two most studied cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)…

Problems with alcohol? 29 gene variants may explain why

A genome-wide analysis of more than 435,000 people has identified 29 genetic variants linked to problematic drinking, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues report May 25 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. “The new data triple the number of known genetic risk loci associated with problematic alcohol use,” said…

New Synthetic Opioid, Mixed With Cocaine, Detected in Overdose Cases

Health officials in Illinois and Indiana say a new synthetic opioid appears to be linked to some overdose cases, USA Today reports. The drug, isotonitazene, was mixed with cocaine. Isotonitazene comes in a white or off-white powder form or pressed into counterfeit opioid pills, the article notes. It is not a fentanyl…

Alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic

There are claims that drinking alcohol can help protect people from SARS-CoV-2, which is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This is not true. According to the European World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol does not protect against infection or illness relating to COVID-19. In fact, it is possible that alcohol consumption may…