Morning Roundup: Mar. 7, 2019

Morning Roundup: Mar. 7, 2019

Fraternities prepare for hard alcohol ban, gamers suggest ways to combat addiction, Philadelphia launches media campaign for medication-assisted treatment.

Drinking Alcohol at Professional Events: For Non-Drinkers, Too [Inside Higher Ed]
It’s easy to feel left out when you’re the sober one at work events where there is alcohol. But sobriety is not a disadvantage. Here’s how to navigate the professional world—whether you’re a drinker, a moderate drinker, or sober. 

Gamers Suggest Ways to Combat Addiction [BBC]
Three hours per day should be the limit for kids who play video games, say gaming “addicts.” They shared their thoughts on gaming addiction, which is being examined by a special committee in the UK Parliament.

About Two-Thirds of Jail Inmates Suffer from Drug Addiction of Dependency [New Yorker]
…and that’s before the opioid crisis really took off. Jails in the U.S. are failing to provide adequate care to inmates. Many struggle with drug use disorder, mental illness, and other ailments. 

The Power of Social Reinforcers in Addiction [Psychology Today]
Social isolation is a big contributing factor to addiction. “When we are socially disconnected, or lonely, then the chances of self-medication increase substantially.” 

Opinion: Opioid-Dependent Newborns in My Hometown Point to a Path Out of Drug Crisis [USA Today]
Examining West Virginia’s problem with opioid-addicted newborns. “When we take the time to truly listen to pregnant women using opioids, we uncover complicated narratives involving trauma and violence.”

Young People at Risk of Addiction Have Differences in Key Brain Region [Science Daily]
Young adults at risk of developing problems with addiction show key differences in an important region of the brain.

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Philly Launches Media Campaign Touting Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction [Philly Voice]
A new media campaign is getting the word out about medication-assisted treatment available in Philadelphia. “We are living proof that bupe works.”

UW Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol Ahead of Nationwide Ban [KIRO 7]
This September, more than 6,100 fraternity chapters will have to comply with a new hard alcohol ban. Fraternities at the University of Washington are nixing alcohol ahead of the ban.

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