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Mental Health Information
January 2016 - Vol. 20 Issue 1
Published by athealth.com
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- Drugs, Brains, and Behavior The Science of Addiction
- Drug Seeking or Pain Crisis? Responsible Prescribing of Opioids in the Emergency Department
- Commonly Abused Drugs Charts
- Trends in Underage Drinking in the United States
- Heroin, Also Called: Black Tar, H, Horse, Junk, Skag, Smack
- Marijuana, Also Called: Cannabis, Ganja, Grass, Hash, Pot, Weed
- Tobacco & Liquid Nicotine
- Electronic Cigarettes May Lead to Nicotine Addiction
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
- Integrating Addictions Counseling into LPC Licensing
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1. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior The Science of Addiction
Groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized our understanding of compulsive drug use, enabling us to respond effectively to the problem.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE
2. Drug Seeking or Pain Crisis? Responsible Prescribing of Opioids in the Emergency Department
In 2008 more than 36,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, most of them caused by prescription opiates. More than 12 million Americans admitted using prescription opiates recreationally in 2010.
AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS
3. Commonly Abused Drugs Charts
This website contains a wide variety of commonly used drugs, which the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicates the drug’s acceptable medical use and its potential for abuse or dependence.
Access the PDF here.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE
4. Trends in Underage Drinking in the United States
Underage drinking is associated with an array of social, emotional, behavioral, and health problems.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE on ALCOHOL ABUSE and ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)
5. Heroin, Also Called: Black Tar, H, Horse, Junk, Skag, Smack
This website is a valuable heroin resource. Heroin is made from morphine, a natural substance in the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. It can be mixed with water and injected with a needle, smoked or snorted up the nose. All of these ways of taking heroin send it to the brain very quickly, which makes it very addictive.
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6. Marijuana, Also Called: Cannabis, Ganja, Grass, Hash, Pot, Weed
This website is a valuable marijuana resource. Marijuana can cause problems with memory, learning, and behavior. Addiction is more likely to occur if marijuana is used every day.
7. Tobacco & Liquid Nicotine
Each year, America’s poison centers manage thousands of cases of acute exposures to tobacco and liquid nicotine products.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF POISON CONTROL CENTERS (AAPCC)
8. Electronic Cigarettes May Lead to Nicotine Addiction
Many researchers believe that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are not a harmless substitute for cigarettes and they may be a Trojan horse leading to nicotine addiction and ultimately chronic smoking.
JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (JNCI)
9. Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
The SAMHSA locator is a very helpful guide and it is updated annually from facility responses to SAMHSA's National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services and National Mental Health Services Survey.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)
10. Integrating Addictions Counseling into LPC Licensing
Students who are very qualified, including those who have completed internships at addictions facilities, are having to get an additional license or certification beyond their LPC to find work in addictions facilities.
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