Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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August 27, 2012
A new study shows people who are treated for both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse have improved PTSD symptoms, without an increase in severity of substance dependence.
August 27, 2012
An estimated 49 percent of men and 11 percent of women in low- and middle-income nations use tobacco, according to the largest international study on tobacco use ever conducted.
August 27, 2012
Introduces some of the behavioral health problems facing veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, including substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Also discusses screening...
August 10, 2012
The current research assessed the extent to which substance use behaviors (i.e., heavy episodic drinking, marijuana use, and use of illicit drugs other than marijuana) were associated with behaviors that confer risk for...
August 10, 2012
Almost 30 percent of boys and 18 percent of girls in middle and high school used some type of tobacco last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday. The rate of teen tobacco use has...
August 8, 2012
Heavy drinking is known to affect an adolescents’ developing brain, but certain patterns of brain activity may also help predict which teens are at risk of becoming problem drinkers, according to a new study.
August 6, 2012
Doctors often miss alcohol problems in their patients who are not intoxicated at the time of their visit, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed studies that included a total of 20,000 patients assessed for alcohol...
August 6, 2012
A new report released by SAMHSA today shows that the national weighted average rate of illegal tobacco sales to youth is 8.5 percent, the lowest rate reported since the inception of the Synar program. The Synar program...
August 1, 2012
Several recent studies are shedding light on why athletes may be more prone than the general population to substance abuse, eating disorders and suicide. The findings may have implications for athletes retiring after...
July 25, 2012
A new rodent study suggests that a key ingredient in “bath salts” called mephedrone has effects on the brain’s reward circuits that are comparable to similar doses of cocaine. The study offers evidence that mephedrone...


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