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Vaccines Against Drug Abuse: A Viable Treatment Option?
Posted on May 22, 2013 in Research & News
The idea of vaccinating against drug abuse is hailed by many to be the future of addiction treatment, but the concept has several downsides that may hold it back. The idea is simple: a vaccination would prevent the drug from having an effect if taken, which would therefore render taking drugs pretty much useless. It obviously has a huge potential benefit for removing the appeal of commonly-abused drugs, but critics point out that it could never become the sole treatment for addiction. Understanding the mechanism of the vaccines that have been developed and their limitations helps you see how they will fit into the future of addiction treatment.
Read full article here: Vaccines Against Drug Abuse
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Have you seen NEON's 2012 publication Your METHod?
Your METHod is a recovery-based journal that features the stories, words, and art work of Seattleites.
Your METHod also includes space to write your own thoughts about use and recovery. Pick up a copy at Seattle Counseling Service, through your NEON peer educator, or download and print online here: Your METHod
Gastrointestinal Complications of Methamphetamine Abuse
Posted March 4, 2013 by Drug Addiction Treatment
Like most other stimulant drugs of abuse, methamphetamine is widely known for its potential to cause serious disruptions of normal function in the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), as well as in the central nervous system. However, use/abuse of the drug also produces disruptions in the normal function of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which forms the body's passageway for nutrient intake and the elimination of food wastes. Most meth users only develop relatively minor changes in their gastrointestinal health; however, some users of the drug develop severe, potentially fatal GI problems. Read more...GI Complications of Meth Use
Source: Drug Addiction Treatment Drugaddictiontreatment.com
By following the link you are accessing a PBS (Public Broadcasting System) audio slideshow of Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles.
In this audio slideshow, Dr. Rawson explains how meth affects the brain's dopamine receptors, causing the intense pleasure associated with a meth rush and yet eventually making it impossible for the user to experience pleasure at all.
2009 Anti-Meth Ad Campaign
View campaign: http://www.methresources.gov/2009antimeth.html
Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has coordinated the National Anti-Meth Campaign since 2007. Using national data as a guide, the campaign has reached out to areas and populations hardest hit by meth, through TV, radio, print, and online advertising, as well as media events.
The 2009 Anti-Meth Campaign, which launches in September 2009, focuses on preventing methamphetamine use - and raising awareness about treatment and recovery. The target audience for this campaign is young adults ages 18 to 34, as well as family and friends of someone who may be using meth. This young adult target was specifically chosen because methamphetamine initiation and usage rates are highest in this age group nationwide.
The 2009 Anti-Meth Campaign's TV, billboard, radio, print, and online ads will run from September to November in 16 states with the highest methamphetamine use rates, as well as a small group of Midwest states with high levels of reported meth lab seizures and incidents, according to national data. The 16 states are: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Nebraska. Additionally, radio ads and online search ads will run in all states during the same time period.
At the conclusion of the campaign in November, many of the ads will be available as free, customizable public service announcements (PSAs) for use by local non-profits, government offices, and other organizations. The TV ads will be available as free customizable PSAs in early 2010.