Monthly Archives: December 2007

Happy Holidays From SAMHSA!

In the spirit of giving, here are some great campaigns, websites, and resources that may be helpful while preparing for your end-of-the-year celebrations.

Date Added: 12/28/07
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National Survey Examines How Medicaid Agencies Administer Mental Health Services

A new report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services provides a state-by-state analysis of how Medicaid agencies are exercising their responsibilities for mental health services. Administration of Mental Health Services by Medicaid Agencies combines the results of a series of hour-long telephone interviews conducted in 2005-2006 with State Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report explores how state Medicaid agencies are addressing the organization, funding, policy, management and data issues that arise from increased responsibility for mental health services.

Date Added: 12/05/07
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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment

Three decades of scientific research and clinical practice have yielded a variety of effective approaches to drug addiction treatment. Extensive data document that drug addiction treatment is as effective as are treatments for most other similarly chronic medical conditions. Continue reading

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War of the drugged

From the Guardian (U.K.):The army today admitted that cocaine was becoming the “drug of choice” for British service personnel.Colonel John Donnelly, who has responsibility for army discipline, said a significant increase in drug taking by soldiers could be linked to stress induced by the demands of combat operations.More on this topic. (Source: New Recovery) Continue reading

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Cia up to its old tricks?

A tantalizing hint that the CIA is up to its old tricks (flying drugs from conflict zones) surfaced in the crash landing of a Gulfstream II business jet in Mexico Sept. 24.The Florida-based craft carried somewhere between three and six tons of powder cocaine, and either no heroin or up to one ton of heroin, depending on which estimates one believes.The flight originated in Colombia and was destined for Florida with a stopover in Cancun.Blogger FrostFireZoo.com matched the serial number of the craft to a plane used by the CIA on at least three occasions in the rendition of terrorism suspects from the U.S. to other countries to be tortured.A Mexican journal accused Mexican and U.S. political authorities of hypocrisy for waging a so-called “war on drugs” on the one hand, and being heavily invested in the lucrative drug trade, on the other.Foxfire.com observes that the amount of drugs said to be on the plane diminished with every official Mexican press release on the incident, and speculates that the subtracted amounts disappeared back into the market.The photos of the crash scene, above, originated with Mexican press sources. (Source: New Recovery) Continue reading

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Cocaine treatment gives investors a high

Nostrils were wide open on Wall Street today to take in the results of a study for vigabatrin, an experimental med that is being tested to fight cocaine addiction. Shares in Catalyst Pharmaceuticals rose more than 11 percent following publicity about a Phase II study showing the drug worked in a meaningful number of patients, who were prison parolees.
The results indicated a statistically significantly greater number of patients given vigabatrin were able to abstain from cocaine during the last three weeks of the dosing period, compared to those receiving placebo. The primary outcome measure of the trial was negative urine tests for cocaine for the last three weeks of the nine-week trial, and a total of 18 patients, or 42 percent of the 103 who were enrolled, fulfilled the criteria. Of these, 14, or 28 percent, were treated with vigabatrin versus four, or 7.6 percent, who were treated with placebo.
“Typically, in anti-addiction trials of this size the difference between drug and placebo groups is expected to be approximately 30 percent, a level that may not necessarily translate into clinical meaningfulness subsequently,” writes Elemer Piros, a biotech analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, in an investor note. “The study demonstrated a high level of statistical significance, regardless of whether the statistical analysis of the primary endpoint included covariates (number of years of cocaine use and average amount of cocaine use at baseline) or not.”
The drug, by the way, works by indirectly lowering the level of dopamine in the brain, which causes the high associated with drug abuse. Catalyst says it expects initial top-line results of the Phase II clinical trials to be available during the summer of 2008, and also plans to have the full data set presented at scientific meetings next year. Meanwhile, Phase II trials for methamphetamine addiction are supposed to begin next year.
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Helping Children and Youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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This fact sheet provides basic information on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and describes an approach to getting services and supports, called “systems of care,” that helps children, youth, and families thrive at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.



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Date Added: 12/01/07
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Helping Children and Youth with Bipolar Disorder

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This fact sheet provides basic information on bipolar disorder in children and describes an approach to getting services and supports, called “systems of care,” that helps children, youth, and families thrive at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.



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Date Added: 12/01/07
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