Mental Health & Substance Abuse News

Experts: State’s prescription drug abuse problem lacks simple solution

By Cary Aspinwall OKLAHOMA CITY – There’s no simple solution to Oklahoma’s extensive prescription drug abuse problem, state lawmakers were told Wednesday. Oklahoma leads the nation in nonmedical use of pain relievers in the past year among all age categories, representatives for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse…

Schizophrenia patients show excessive cortical thinning over time

By Mark Cowen MedWire News: Patients with schizophrenia demonstrate excessive thinning of the cortex over time relative to mentally healthy individuals, study results show. Writing in the Archives of General Psychiatry, Neeltje van Haren (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands) and team explain: “Evidence is accumulating that schizophrenia is characterized…