Substance Abuse, Addiction & Deterrence

Mandatory opioid tapers could sometimes do more harm than good, international medical experts warn in an open letter to health authorities.


The fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor PF-04457845 reduces cannabis withdrawal symptoms and cannabis use in men with cannabis dependence, according to results of a phase 2 trial.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday cleared Pear Therapeutics' mobile application to help increase retention of patients undergoing outpatient treatment for opioid abuse. 

A growing number of American pregnant women are using opioids and methamphetamines, and drug use is rising fastest among mothers in rural communities, a U.S. study suggests.

Not using cannabis for one month could improve learning ability for adolescents and young adults who use the drug at least weekly, a U.S. study suggests.

Eight medical device makers, including a startup that uses virtual reality to treat chronic pain, topped an innovation contest aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.



The increasing acceptance of cannabis for purported medical uses has given this ancient drug the appearance of safety among young people.

To truly recover, the questions surrounding survival become more basic, more fundamental, and less focused on a particular disorder. They become more about life.

I have destroyed the closest and most intimate relationships in my life. I have done this with actions while I was acutely symptomatic with my bipolar I disorder, while I engaged in active addiction, and while I was stone-cold sober. To move into a recovery mode meant the reconstruction of most of my personal relationships.



Mona Darwish, PhD, Mary Bond, MS, MBA, Ronghua Yang, PhD, William Tracewell, PhD
Wilfred Acholonu, PharmD, BCPP. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, Adiction Specialist. Matthew Morrow, PharmD. Ashley Clark, PharmD.
Wilfred Acholonu, Jr., Pharm.D., M.S.P, BCPP. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, Psychiatrist. Babu Rankupalli, MD, Psychiatrist. Matthew Morrow, PharmD. Babu Rankupalli, MD, Psychiatrist
Diane Barber, DNP, APRN, FNP-C,PMHNP-BC. Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN. Patricia McDonald, PhD, RN. Claire Andrews, PhD, CNM, FAAN. Jasmine Barber, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC. Jiangmin Xu, PhD.