Drug Use Severity in Adolescence Affects Substance Use Disorder Risk in Adulthood

NIH-funded study shows screening for substance use disorder in teens may help predict adult prescription drug use and misuse and prevent overdose. April 1, 2022NIDA News Release People who reported multiple symptoms consistent with severe substance use disorder at age 18 exhibited two or more of these symptoms in adulthood, according to a new analysis …

Making Addiction Treatment More Realistic and Pragmatic: The Perfect Should Not be the Enemy of the Good

From the blog of Dr. Nora VolkowJanuary 4, 2022 Last year saw drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpass an unthinkable milestone: 100,000 deaths in a year. This is the highest number of drug overdoses in our country’s history, and the numbers are climbing every month. There is an urgent need for a nationwide, coordinated response that …

To End the Drug Crisis Bring Addiction Out of the Shadows

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorOriginal Date November 8, 2021 Far too often, shame and stigma fuel addiction and prevent treatment, argues Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But replacing judgment with compassion can save lives. Science has shed much light on addiction. We now understand that …

2020 Drug Overdoses Were “Horrifying”

August 31, 2021 Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorNational Institute on Drug Abuse The provisional drug overdose death statistics for 2020 confirmed the addiction field’s worst fears. More people died of overdoses in the United States last year than in any other one-year period in our history. More than 93,000 people died. The increase from the …

Stigma and the Toll of Addiction

By Nora D. Volkow, M.D.Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Addiction Original Post April 20, 2020 Each day in 2018, an average of 185 people in the United States died from a drug overdose (1). In fact, recent declines in U.S. life expectancy are being attributed to direct and indirect effects of alcohol and drug …

Many Questions Remain About Youth Substance Use Trends

December 15, 2020 The following is from the web blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director of NIDA. The results of the 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes in middle and high school students were released today, with the encouraging news that the alarming rises in teen vaping both of …

The Connection Between Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness

From National Institute on Drug Abuse Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Although there are …

Misuse of Prescription Drugs: A Research Study

From the Website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Lora, Volkow, Executive Director June 2020 Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., …

Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Exec. Dir. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE Original Date April 22, 2020 Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that …

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

From National Institute on Drug Abuse March 24, 2020 As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus …

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