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Medication might curb abusive drinking in young people

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Young people who drink abusively consume less and suffer fewer consequences from alcohol if they take naltrexone, a Yale School of Medicine study shows. While the drug the did not reduce how often young people drank, the authors say results justify more proactive treatment for  four in 10 individuals aged 18 to 25 who are […] [Read More]
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Maureen Sullivan Dinnan

“Substance Abuse and the Health Care Provider” talk at Quinnipiac

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Maureen Sullivan Dinnan, executive director of HAVEN, the Health Assistance interVention Education Network for Connecticut health professionals, will present the talk, “Substance Abuse and the Health Care Provider,” from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus of Quinnipiac University, 370 Bassett Road. […] [Read More]
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State agencies issue opioid prescription guidelines for hospitals

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The Connecticut Hospital Association, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health have endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines to help hospital emergency department staff treat patients with chronic pain conditions. The guidelines are intended to be used as a tool […] [Read More]
OxyContin Abuse On the Rise

CDC: About a third of reproductive-age women fill painkiller prescriptions

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More than a third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008-2012, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioids are typically prescribed by health care providers to treat […] [Read More]
New Milford residents watch a video about heroin during the panel discussion "Opioid Use - Prevention and Intervention Resources" at John Pettibone School in New Milford, Conn. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A new study by Yale and Boston universities found that occassional heroin use may worsen HIV infection.

Yale study: Heroin use may worsen HIV infections

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Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. A higher CD4 cell count signals a stronger immune system. Since laboratory and epidemiological studies have found […] [Read More]
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13-year-old Syncere Klock (center) with his mother and Sister Theresa from the Daughter of Charity of the Most Precious Blood Teen Center in Bridgeport and Cindy McGuire, Fitness Director at The Watermark at 3030 Park.

Bridgeport boy honored for efforts in preventing drug and alcohol abuse

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The Watermark at 3030 Park recently hosted a special ceremony honoring Syncere Klock, a 13-year-old eighth grader at the Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport, who was named as the senior living community’s newest “Watermark kid.” Watermark for Kids is an organization that empowers young people to build character, strengthen their leadership skills and express […] [Read More]

For drug recovery, maintenance better than detoxification

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For treating patients with prescription opioid dependence in primary care, buprenorphine maintenance therapy is superior to detoxification, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published in the Oct. 20 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Prescription opioid dependence has been increasing for the last 15 years and now surpasses heroin dependence. Doctors […] [Read More]

UNH professor to speak on drug abuse, ethics at national conference

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Summer McGee, associate professor of public management at the University of New Haven, will discuss the ethical imperative to prevent prescription drug abuse and the need to improve training in ethics for healthcare administrators at a national conference in November. McGee, who was executive editor of The American Journal of Bioethics for four years, has […] [Read More]

State teen health report: Alcohol use down, but access to drugs is high

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Alcohol use,  and some risky sexual behaviors are on the decline among Connecticut teens, according to a new report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. But the report also shows that Connecticut youth were less likely than their peers to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and they had greater access […] [Read More]
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CDC: Teen smoking drops to lowest rate since 1991

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Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, the CDC released the 2013 results of the the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among […] [Read More]