Substance abuse

National Academy of Medicine Establishes Standards for Psychosocial Treatments

A new report by the National Academy of Medicine, titled, “Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards” highlights the need to strengthen evidence on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions, and to develop guidelines and quality measures for implementing these interventions in professional practice. Two important pieces of legislation aim […]

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Development and Regulation of Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Medications – FDA Public Meeting

The FDA is hosting a public meeting on October 30 and 31, 2014 to discuss the development, assessment, and regulation of abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid medications. The meeting will focus on scientific and technical issues related to the development and in vitro assessment of these products, as well as FDA’s approach towards assessing the benefits […]

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By R Kennedy | Drugs . FDA . Opioids . Substance abuse
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Sixth Annual Chair Summit Begins This Week

This week a Master Class for Neuroscience Development called the Chair Summit takes place in Tampa, FL (Sept 26-28, 2013). In the early days of medical training in Kos, students, trainees and medical colleagues would gather to discuss their cases and the latest science with Hippocrates.  This model of education was maintained throughout the centuries […]

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New report sheds light on adolescent substance use

According to a report published yesterday by SAMHSA, the number of teenagers from age 12 to 17 smoke cigarettes on a average day is over three-quarters of a million. In addition, typically over a half-million smoked marijuana and almost a half-million drank alcohol. SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde states that “This data about adolescents sheds new light on […]

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New Guideline to Manage Psychosis With Co-existing Substance Misuse

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (UK) has published a new clinical guideline that aims to help ensure people diagnosed with a form of psychosis, who also misuse substances, can be identified and treated effectively Approximately 40% of people who have been diagnosed with psychosis have also misused a substance at some point […]

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