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NIH To Launch Online Tool To Help Patients Find Alcohol Abuse Treatment

The AP (10/3, Neergaard) reports the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will launch Tuesday a novel online tool to help patients find alcohol treatment professionals. NIAAA Director George Koob “ordered development of the Alcohol Treatment Navigator after realizing if medical professionals were confused, families must be lost.” The Navigator offers a step-by-step guide to assessing options beyond detox and Alcoholics Anonymous, including links to thousands of board-certified addiction physicians or psychiatrists, accredited alcohol treatment centers, and licensed therapists, organized by ZIP code.

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— “Trying to get sober? NIH offers tool to help find good care,” LAURAN NEERGAARD, ABC News, October 3, 2017.

Adults Who Use Cannabis May Be Significantly More Likely To Use Nonmedical Prescription Opioids

Healio (9/29, Oldt) reported, “Adults who used cannabis were significantly more likely to use nonmedical prescription opioids,” researchers found after analyzing “data from wave 1 (2001-2002) and wave 2 (2004-2005) of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.” The findings were published online Sept. 26 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.

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— “Cannabis use may increase risk for opioid abuse,” Olfson M, et al., Healio, September 29, 2017.

Older Adults Who Have Lost Their Sense Of Smell May Have An Increased Risk Of Dementia

HealthDay (9/29, Preidt) reported, “Older adults who’ve lost their sense of smell appear to have an increased risk of dementia,” researchers concluded after conducting a “long-term study” that “included nearly 3,000 participants, aged 57 to 85, who were tested on their ability to identify five common odors.” The findings were published online Sept. 25 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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— “Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, September 29, 2017.

Autistic Young Adults May Be More Likely To Also Have A Psychiatric Condition

The NPR (10/1, Haelle) “Shots” blog reported, “Young adults on the autism spectrum” may be “more likely to also have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, such as depression, anxiety and” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “than are typically developing people or those with other developmental disabilities,” researchers found after examining data from two large “groups of young adults, ages 18-24, in Ontario, Canada.” The findings were published online Sept. 13 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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— “Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues,” TARA HAELLE, NPR, October 1, 2017.

Senators: Despite Good Strides, VA Needs To Do More To Reduce Suicides Among Former Military

MedPage Today (9/28, Frieden) reports that at a Sept. 27 hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, “several senators said” that the “Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made good strides in reducing suicides among former military personnel, but much more still needs to be done.” For example, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said, “VA data suggest that approximately 20 veterans commit suicide every day,” but “on average, only six were enrolled in VA healthcare.” Hearing witness Craig Bryan, PsyD, executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, emphasized the importance of “treatment…done properly.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said, “What I am hearing…is that suicide rates are increasing among veterans who lack access, either because of geographic difficulties or because of less-than-honorable discharges.”

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— “Much Work Remains to Reduce Veterans’ Suicide Rates,” Joyce Frieden, MedPage Today, September 28, 2017.

Foundation News

APA Psychiatric News Covers Love from Depression

The American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric News for February 5, 2010, featured the Foundation’s Love From Depression outreach campaign. Besides Love from Depression, the article describes other outreach programs the Foundation has done and continues to do, ranging from public service announcements on radio, clinician meetings, and the Outstanding Merit Award.
Related Links:
– “Innovation Marks Foundation’s Public-Education Outreach,” Rich Daly, Psychiatric News, February 5, 2010
Love From Depression
Foundation Radio Ads
Outstanding Merit Award 2010