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Report offers glimpse of state-level behavioral health indicators

February 14, 2018  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
The State of Mental Health in America report tracks patterns in substance use and mental health prevalence and discusses their relationship to care access.

New data place FASD estimates at 1 to 5 percent

February 6, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Newly released data from first-graders in four regions of the U.S. show a prevalence range of 1.1 to 5% for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Why the brain is the new frontier

February 6, 2018  |  Jill Sederstrom
The goal of the ABCD study is to learn more about how experiences in adolescence, such as substance use, screen time, sleep or participation in sports, impact brain development and ultimately factor into social, behavioral and health outcomes.

The Numbers: Marijuana use rises among adolescents

February 6, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
More than 70% of high school seniors say they don’t view regular marijuana smoking as harmful

Facility hires new director to oversee educational academy, multilingual services

January 31, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Among the initiatives Janet Walpole will oversee in her new role at Outreach is an intensive educational program for recovering students transitioning back into the public school system.

For e-cigarette use, short-term effects appear brighter than long-term impact

January 30, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new federally sponsored report suggests that evaluating the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes is complicated by the tendency for some young users to transition to conventional smoking.

Marijuana and alcohol dependence stunt young adult achievement

January 24, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Research suggests that for young adults, especially males, dependence on marijuana and alcohol harms achievement of life goals in several areas.

Patient uneasiness complicates treatment for stimulant use

December 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A clinical leader says that, to a greater extent than with other drugs, many patients with stimulant use problems steadfastly want to remain on the substances.

WHO continues move to establish gaming disorder

December 28, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Indications remain that the World Health Organization (WHO) will formally classify a video gaming disorder for the first time in 2018.

Medical marijuana laws have differing effects on youth use patterns

December 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research indicates that enactment of state medical marijuana laws leads to some substance use increases among older adolescents, but decreases among younger adolescents.

Overall teen drug use down, but many turning to vaping

December 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Cigarette smoking and misuse of prescription opioids are down among teens, but vaping and marijuana use raise concerns in annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Study seeks to identify effects of marijuana edibles on children

December 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new study examined cases in which children in California had been unintentionally exposed to candy containing THC.


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