Research

Eye tracking of smoking-related stimuli in tobacco use disorder: A proof-of-concept study combining attention bias modification with alpha-transcranial alternating current stimulation

Citation
Mondino, M., Lenglos, C., Cinti, A., Renauld, E., & Fecteau, S. (2020). Eye tracking of smoking-related stimuli in tobacco use disorder: A proof-of-concept study combining attention bias modification with alpha-transcranial alternating current stimulation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108152.
Publication Date

Abstract

Background

Tobacco use disorder (TUD) is characterized by the presence of an attentional bias (AB) towards smoking-related stimuli.

Geographic Proximity to Buprenorphine Treatment Providers in the U.S.

Citation
Langabeer, J., Stotts, A. L., Cortez, A., Tortolero, G., & Champagne-Langabeer, T. (2020). Geographic proximity to buprenorphine treatment providers in the US. Drug and alcohol dependence, 108131.

Abstract

Objective

To combat the growing opioid epidemic, people who use drugs need access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) as part of comprehensive treatment. Despite progress, treatment gaps remain. Our objective was to use a geospatial buffering model to estimate treatment access for buprenorphine providers nationally.

 

Illicit Drug Use and the Genetic Overlap with Cannabis Use

Citation
Vink, J. M., Veul, L., Abdellaoui, A., Hottenga, J. J., Boomsma, D. I., & Verweij, K. J. (2020). Illicit Drug Use and the Genetic Overlap with Cannabis Use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108102.

Abstract

Background

The use of illicit substances is correlated, meaning that individuals who use one illicit substance are more likely to also use another illicit substance. This association could (partly) be explained by overlapping genetic factors. Genetic overlap may indicate a common underlying genetic predisposition, or can be the result of a causal association.

 

Illicit Drug Use and the Genetic Overlap with Cannabis Use

Citation
Pasman, J., Smit, D., Kingma, L., Vink, J., Treur, J., & Verweij, K. (2020, July 02). Causal relationships between substance use and insomnia. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871620303161

Abstract

Background

Poor sleep quality and insomnia have been associated with the use of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis, but it is unclear if there is a causal link. In this Mendelian Randomization (MR) study we examine if insomnia causes substance use and/or if substance use causes insomnia.

 

Substance Use Patterns and Health Profiles among US Adults who Use Opioids, Methamphetamine, or Both, 2015-2018

Citation
Shearer, R. D., Howell, B. A., Bart, G., & Winkelman, T. N. (2020). Substance use patterns and health profiles among US adults who use opioids, methamphetamine, or both, 2015-2018. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108162.
Publication Date

Abstract

Background

Methamphetamine use, with and without opioids, has increased substantially, but little is known about the sociodemographic characteristics, substance use patterns, or health profiles of individuals who use methamphetamine.

A Review of the Public Sector Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Systems in Kenya

Citation
Jaguga, F., Kwobah, E. A review of the public sector substance use disorder treatment and prevention systems in Kenya. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 15, 47 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-020-00291-5
Publication Date

Abstract

Background

The burden of substance use disorders in sub-Saharan Africa has been projected to increase by an estimated 130% by 2050. Despite this, little is known about the substance use disorder treatment and prevention systems in the region.

Discussing Alcohol Use with the GP

Citation
Discussing alcohol use with the GP: a qualitative study Sandra Coste, Laetitia Gimenez, Aurélie Comes, Xavier Abdelnour, Julie Dupouy, Emile Escourrou BJGP Open 2020; 4 (2): bjgpopen20X101029. DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101029

A General Practitioner (GP) is often the first point of contact for people struggling with alcohol related issues. These doctors must be trained to detect problematic drinking as well as have the confidence and skills to have open conversations with patients. 

Feedback from patients who have received support from their GP helps inform guidance to having these conversations.

Longitudinal Evaluation of the Impact of Standardised Packaging and Minimum Excise Tax on Tobacco Sales and Industry Revenue in the UK

Citation
Hiscock R, Augustin NH, Gilmore AB, et alLongitudinal evaluation of the impact of standardised packaging and minimum excise tax on tobacco sales and industry revenue in the UKTobacco Control Published Online First: 12 July 2020. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055387
Publication Date
Abstract

Background Standardised packaging for factory-made cigarettes (FM) and roll-your-own tobacco (RYO), and a minimum excise tax (MET) were fully implemented in the UK in May 2017 following a 12-month transition period. This paper is the first to examine effects on tobacco sales volumes and company revenues.

 

Measuring Capital in Active Addiction and Recovery: The Development of the Strengths and Barriers Recovery Scale (SABRS)

Citation
Best, D., Vanderplasschen, W. & Nisic, M. Measuring capital in active addiction and recovery: the development of the strengths and barriers recovery scale (SABRS). Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 15, 40 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-020-00281-7
Publication Date

Abstract

Background

The international Life In Recovery (LiR) surveys have provided an important message to the public and policy makers about the reality of change from addiction to recovery, consistently demonstrating both that there are marked gains across a range of life domains and that the longer the person is in recovery the better their recovery strengths and achievements.

Mental Health and Smoking Cessation

Citation
Brose, L.S., Brown, J. & McNeill, A. Mental health and smoking cessation—a population survey in England. BMC Med 18, 161 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-020-01617-7

Smoking rates among people with a mental health condition are significantly higher than in the general population. 

Research has also found that individuals with mental health issues who smoke are more likely to smoke heavily and extract more nicotine from each cigarette compared to people who smoke who do not have a mental health condition.

The Relationship Between Alcohol-related Hospital Admission and Specialist Alcohol Treatment Provision in England

Citation
Roberts, E., Hotopf, M., & Drummond, C. (2020). The relationship between alcohol-related hospital admission and specialist alcohol treatment provision across local authorities in England since passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-3. doi:10.1192/bjp.2020.120

In March 2012 the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) was approved, resulting in the commissioning responsibility of specialist drug and alcohol service transferring from the National Health Service (NHS) to local authorities in England.

This shift was designed to allow greater flexibility and freedom to respond to local need.

Association of Recreational Cannabis Laws in Colorado and Washington State With Changes in Traffic Fatalities, 2005-2017

Citation
Santaella-Tenorio J, Wheeler-Martin K, DiMaggio CJ, et al. Association of Recreational Cannabis Laws in Colorado and Washington State With Changes in Traffic Fatalities, 2005-2017. JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1757
Publication Date

Abstract

Importance: An important consequence of cannabis legalization is the potential increase in the number of cannabis-impaired drivers on roads, which may result in higher rates of traffic-related injuries and fatalities. To date, limited information about the effects of recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) on traffic fatalities is available.

Chronic Alcohol Consumption Alters Extracellular Space Geometry and Transmitter Diffusion in the Brain

Citation
S. De Santis, A. Cosa-Linan, R. Garcia-Hernandez, L. Dmytrenko, L. Vargova, I. Vorisek, S. Stopponi, P. Bach, P. Kirsch, F. Kiefer, R. Ciccocioppo, E. Sykova, D. Moratal, W. H. Sommer, S. Canals, Chronic alcohol consumption alters extracellular space geometry and transmitter diffusion in the brain. Sci. Adv. 6, eaba0154 (2020).
Publication Date

Abstract

Already moderate alcohol consumption has detrimental long-term effects on brain function. However, how alcohol produces its potent addictive effects despite being a weak reinforcer is a poorly understood conundrum that likely hampers the development of successful interventions to limit heavy drinking.

Integrating Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Citation
Alcohol Res. 2019;40(1):07. https://doi.org/10.35946/arcr.v40.1.07.
Publication Date

Given the high co-occurrence between alcohol use disorder (AUD) and mental health conditions (MHCs), and the increased morbidity associated with the presence of co-occurring disorders, it is important that co-occurring disorders be identified and both disorders addressed in integrated treatment.

Alcohol’s Effects on Breast Cancer in Women

Citation
Alcohol Res. 2020;40(2):11. https://doi.org/10.35946/arcr.v40.2.11.
Publication Date

Globally, more than 2 million new cases of breast cancer are reported annually. The United States alone has more than 496,000 new cases every year. The worldwide prevalence is approximately 6.8 million cases. Although many risk factors for breast cancer are not modifiable, understanding the role of the factors that can be altered is critical. Alcohol consumption is a modifiable factor.

A Structural Competency Curriculum for Primary Care Providers to Address the Opioid Use Disorder, HIV, and Hepatitis C Syndemic

Citation
Bagchi, A. D. (2020). A Structural Competency Curriculum for Primary Care Providers to Address the Opioid Use Disorder, HIV, and Hepatitis C Syndemic. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 210.
Publication Date

The interrelated epidemics of opioid use disorder (OUD) and HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have been identified as one of the most pressing syndemics facing the United States today.

Smoking Prevalence, Patterns, and Cessation Among Adults in Hebei Province, Central China: Implications From China National Health Survey (CNHS)

Citation
He, H., Pan, L., Cui, Z., Sun, J., Yu, C., Cao, Y., ... & Shan, G. (2020). Smoking Prevalence, Patterns, and Cessation Among Adults in Hebei Province, Central China: Implications From China National Health Survey (CNHS). Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 177.
Publication Date

As part of the China National Health Survey, the objective of this study was to explore the prevalence, patterns, and influencing factors of smoking, and understand reasons for smoking cessation among adults in Hebei Province, central China. Using a multi-stage stratified cluster sampling method, 6,552 adults (2,594 males) aged 20–80 were selected in 2017.

Effectiveness of a Brief Lay Counsellor-Delivered, Problem-Solving Intervention for Adolescent Mental Health Problems in Urban, Low-Income Schools in India: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Citation
Michelson, D., Malik, K., Parikh, R., Weiss, H., Doyle, A., Bhat, B., ... & Sharma, R. (2020). Effectiveness of a brief lay counsellor-delivered, problem-solving intervention for adolescent mental health problems: randomised controlled trial in urban, low-income schools in India. Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. ISSN 2352-4642 (Accepted). Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
Publication Date

Summary

Background

Mental health problems are a leading cause of disability in adolescents worldwide. Problem solving is a well-tested mental health intervention in many populations. We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a brief, transdiagnostic problem-solving intervention for common adolescent mental health problems when delivered by non-specialist school counsellors in New Delhi, India.

Reducing Risky Alcohol Use via Smartphone App Skills Training Among Adult Internet Help-Seekers: A Randomized Pilot Trial

Citation
Berman, A. H., Molander, O., Tahir, M., Törnblom, P., Gajecki, M., Sinadinovic, K., & Andersson, C. (2020). Reducing Risky Alcohol Use via Smartphone App Skills Training Among Adult Internet Help-Seekers: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.
Publication Date

Alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for global disease burden and overconsumption leads to a wide variety of negative consequences in everyday life. Digital interventions have shown small positive effects in contributing to reductions in problematic use. Specific research on smartphone apps is sparse and the few studies published indicate effects ranging from negative or null to small or moderate.

Overview of University-based Academic Programs in Addiction Studies in Africa

Citation
Amalie Lososová, Kimberly A. Johnson, William Sinkele, Isidore Silas Obot & Michal Miovský (2020) Overview of university-based academic programs in addiction studies in Africa, Journal of Substance Use, DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2020.1779830
Publication Date

Abstract

Aim: The aim was to map and describe the university-based addiction studies programs in Africa, as part of continuing international research.

Methods: The study was conducted in 2016–2017. The first phase was based on Google and literature search of academic programs through pre-defined keywords. The second phase consisted of an in-depth analysis of characteristics of the identified programs.

Barriers, Facilitators, and Disparities in Retention for Adolescents in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: A Qualitative Study with Treatment Providers

Citation
Acevedo, A., Harvey, N., Kamanu, M. et al. Barriers, facilitators, and disparities in retention for adolescents in treatment for substance use disorders: a qualitative study with treatment providers. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 15, 42 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-020-00284-4
Publication Date

Abstract

Background

Retention in substance use treatment is one of the strongest predictors of improved outcomes among adolescents, making retention an important goal of treatment. We examined treatment providers’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to treatment retention among adolescents, and their views on contributors to racial/ethnic disparities in retention including ways to address disparities.

The Role of Alcohol use and Drinking Patterns in Socioeconomic Inequalities in Mortality

Citation
Probst, C., Kilian, C., Sanchez, S., Lange, S., & Rehm, J. (2020). The role of alcohol use and drinking patterns in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: a systematic review. The Lancet Public Health, 5(6), e324-e332.

Socioeconomic status (SES) can be thought of as a measure of an individual's or family's social position relative to others that measures factors such as education, income, type of occupation and place of residence.

Research indicates that individuals with lower socioeconomic status (SES) are more likely to experience alcohol-related harm compared to individuals from higher SES.

Alcohol consumption in quarantine

Citation
Según una encuesta de investigadores e investigadoras del Instituto Gino Germani, el 45 por ciento de las personas toma más alcohol que antes del aislamiento.
Publication Date

When Argentine families closed to meet the quarantine imposed by the coronavirus, memes emerged as the possibility of spying on what is happening inside. Images such as a row of green beer bottles lining a house and field, and a caption in yellow capital letters that warns: "Two more weeks of quarantine and end the median." Or an image of Morticia Addams, who watches holding a cup of tea in her hands, and asks, "How are you with isolation?

Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ* Populations

Citation
NIDA. (2017, September 5). Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ* Populations. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/substance-use-suds-in-lgbtq-populations on 2020, June 5
Publication Date

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges not encountered by people who identify as heterosexual. They also face a greater risk of harassment and violence. As a result of these and other stressors, sexual minorities are at increased risk for various behavioural health issues.

Addiction Psychiatry and COVID-19 – Impact on Patients and Service Provision

Citation
Columb, D., Hussain, R., & O’Gara, C. (2020). Addiction Psychiatry and COVID-19 – Impact on patients and service provision. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 1-15. doi:10.1017/ipm.2020.47
Publication Date

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a major impact on the provision of physical healthcare in Ireland and worldwide. The mental health impact of this pandemic cannot be underestimated, particularly relating to patients suffering with addiction.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: A Thematic Analysis of Interviews with People who Have Stopped Participating in Narcotics Anonymous in Norway

Citation
Vederhus, J., Høie, M. & Birkeland, B. One size doesn’t fit all: a thematic analysis of interviews with people who have stopped participating in Narcotics Anonymous in Norway. Addict Sci Clin Pract 15, 18 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13722-020-00191-w
Publication Date

Background

For persons with substance use disorders (SUDs), 12-step groups (TSGs) are the most available and used peer-based recovery resource, worldwide. However, disengagement is common, and attrition may partly be due to practices and procedures within these groups that are unacceptable to a portion of the population with SUDs.

The CHILD Intervention for Living Drug-Free Comprehensive Assessment of Risk, Resilience, and Experience (CHILD CARRE) Measure: Initial Findings

Citation
Hendrée E. Jones, Abdul Subor Momand, Brian Morales, Thom Browne, Nicolas Poliansky, Diego Ruiz, Mercedez Aranguren, Silvina Sanchez, Maria Valeria Fratto & Kevin E. O’Grady (2020): The CHILD Intervention for Living Drug-Free Comprehensive Assessment of Risk, Resilience, and Experience (CHILD CARRE) Measure: Initial Findings, Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2020.1766621
Publication Date

This paper summarizes the development and evaluation of an assessment instrument for children ages 7–12. The CHILD CARRE measure is a semi-structured interview with 7 domains. Children from the USA and Argentina (N¼134) completed baseline and follow-up assessments. Substance use occurred at an average age of 8.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Communication Campaigns Targeting Drug & Substance Abuse

Publication Date

Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry:

Illicit drug demand is at a critical juncture particularly at a time where the Australian criminal drug manufacturing and distribution networks are well established, sophisticated and tremendously successful operations embedded within interrelated global systems.

Professional knowledge, skills and attitudes for brief intervention in addictions

Citation
Chainé, S. M., Felix-Romero, V., Palafox, G. P., & Martínez, J. L. V. (2019). Conocimientos, habilidades y actitudes profesionales para la intervención breve en adicciones. Revista inteRnacional de investigación en adicciones, 5(2), 8-20.

Summary

Introduction: Continuous training and certification of primary health care professionals support the implementation of brief interventions to address drug use.

Objective: to validate the training materials of the "Universal Treatment Curriculum for Health Professionals" by evaluating knowledge, skills and attitudes.