The Science of Habit: Infographic

The Science of Habit: Popular Habits vs. Popular Addictions [Infographic]

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Stimulant-related emergency department visits rise 300 percent among younger adults

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A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that some drug- related emergency department visits increased by 300 percent — from 5,605 visits in 2005 to 22,949 visits in 2011.  These visits, made by adults aged 18 to 34, were related to the nonmedical use of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.  On average, about 30 percent of these visits also involved alcohol.

CNS stimulants featured in this report include prescription drugs, such as those used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; other prescription medications, such as benzphetamine and modafinil; and over-the- counter products containing stimulants.  Illicit stimulants, such as methamphetamine, were not included in the study.

Breaking Stigma One Conversation at a Time

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The Mental Health Association launches a campaign to encourage open dialogue about mental health and reduce stigma.  You can join the initiative by taking the pledge to break stigma one conversation at a time.

Increases in Drunk Walking: An Unintended Effect….

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A new government report shows 37 percent of U.S. pedestrians killed in 2011 were drunk.  Thirty-five percent of those killed—1,547 people—had blood alcohol levels that were at or above the legal limit for driving.

Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association, told USA Today campaigns to reduce drunk driving may be having an unintended effect, by encouraging more drunk people to walk home.  A person impaired by alcohol can make bad decisions, such as crossing against the light, or “trying to beat a bus that’s coming,” he said.

 

Hearing about “Molly” in Your Community?

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According to CNN, Molly has been a popular drug at music festivals this year.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA — or 3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pressed pill Ecstasy.

You may just be hearing about “Molly”, but she’s been around for a few years and is growing in popularity amoung youth and POP/Hip Hop music culture.