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We are excited to announce that James G. Niven and Joseph J. Plumeri were elected as co-chairs of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. http://ow.ly/bQx4309e6N2
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It is estimated that eight million adult Americans suffer from PTSD. Around 37 percent of all cases of PTSD are considered severe, which means they are typically resistant to traditional therapy and medications, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and antidepressants.

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Rural and urban communities both face the challenges of substance use, overdose, and the opioid epidemic. Although substance use rates in rural areas have kept pace with those in urban areas, rural communities seem to have been hit harder.

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Though Alcoholics Anonymous is well known, and many members testify to its role in helping them, there is a great deal of debate among lay people and professionals about just how effective AA is.

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No matter what regulations are put in place around minimal purchase age, the legalization of marijuana will increase access to and use among adolescents. Many people are unaware that marijuana is an addictive drug that can interfere with brain development and exacerbate mental health conditions. The drug is especially harmful to the developing brain.

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"The demographic of cigar smokers has definitely changed over time. Current users are viewed by peers to be 'younger, hipper and cooler' and there are even a lot of celebrities who use them. Currently, the cigar use rates among youth are twice as much as adults in the U.S. (approximately 13 percent vs. five percent)." -Grace Kong, PhD, assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine

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We strongly support the initiatives aimed at fighting the addiction crisis outlined in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address. Their effective implementation will save lives and prevent the suffering of families. We applaud Gov. Christie and his leadership on this most important public health issue in the U.S.

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Get to know Amy Schreiner, PhD, our Associate Research Scientist and Coordinator of Prevention Programming.

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As the Latino population in the U.S. continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to put a greater focus on the health and wellbeing of this group. Acculturation is one significant factor for risky alcohol use – and a better understanding of its consequences could help prevent many young people from developing substance use and addiction.
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