Mental Health CEUs

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…

Can MDMA treat depression?

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is an illegal drug that affects the mood. Other names for recreational MDMA include ecstasy, X, and Molly. MDMA is a drug that alters a person’s mood by changing the release of chemicals in the body that affect mood and behavior. Researchers are currently looking into the effects…

Schizophrenia and COVID-19: Impact and management

The COVID-19 pandemic may place additional strain on those with schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness. It may exacerbate symptoms and make coping with schizophrenia more challenging. Schizophrenia does not directly increase a person’s chances of contracting COVID-19. However, underlying health conditions in a person with schizophrenia may contribute to more…