Friday, October 23, 2009

Registration Now Open for Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century

Registration for Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century is now open. Psychedelic Science will be held in San Jose, California from April 15-18, 2010.

This will be the largest conference in North America dedicated to psychedelic research in 17 years. The conference boasts an impressive list of presenters.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In My Backyard: Dispelling Myths About Methadone

ICAAT has produced a 15-minute video addressing the "not-in-my-backyard" (NIMBY) phenomenon - probably the greatest barrier to meaningful expansion of methadone treatment availability in America. Throughout the USA, and in many other nations as well, efforts to open new facilities are met with fierce opposition based on fear of resultant crime and a general deterioration of the neighborhood.

This film highlights the patients, staff and services of a methadone maintenance treatment clinic operating since 1974 in a church building in the heart of residential and commercial Greenwich Village, NYC. We hope that the film promotes a greater understanding of methadone maintenance treatment, its patients and providers.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Study Counters Warnings on Quit-Smoking Drug

FRIDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) does not increase the risk for self-harm or depression, according to a new British study.

In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated that the drug carry a "black-box warning" on its packaging, indicating that people who use it face increased risk for "serious neuropsychiatric symptoms," including changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts and behavior and attempted suicide.

In the new study, British researchers analyzed database information on 80,660 men and women, ages 18 to 95, who were prescribed a smoking cessation product between September 2006 and May 2008. Prescriptions were for varenicline, the antidepressant bupropion (Zyban) or nicotine replacement products, such as a patch, inhaler, gum, tablet or lozenge. People were followed through the period of the prescription and for three months after the date of their last prescription.

No clear evidence emerged that varenicline or bupropion increased the risk for self-harm, suicidal thoughts or depression, the study reported.

However, the researchers added that "the limited power of the study means we cannot rule out either a halving or a twofold increased risk."

They recommended further study of varenicline's effect on suicide risk. They also said that any risks associated with varenicline must be balanced against the long-term health benefits of stopping smoking and the drug's effectiveness as a smoking cessation product.

The study, which had no drug company funding, was published online Oct. 1 in BMJ.

More information

The Tobacco Control Research Branch of the U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on quitting smoking

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky on voice America Radio

Hear Dr. Tatarsky talk about integrative harm reduction psychotherapy and the current state of substance use treatment on Voice America

Download edited version from Dr. Tatarsky's site

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky on Air America Radio - Today!

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will be talking about new developments in substance use treatment on Air America at 3 PM today.

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