UNC Health Talk

Category: Substance Abuse

Jacqueline Halladay

February 25, 2015

Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask this and other critical questions. The study was lead by Jacqueline Halladay, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine.

Substance Abuse

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Spectrogram of an infant cry provided by Elizabeth Cox-Lippard

October 22, 2014

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

The cries of babies whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy have increased amounts of “hyperphonation,” a new study finds.

Research, Substance Abuse

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Prescription pill bottles with different medications.

May 15, 2014

Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

Although alcohol use disorders are associated with many health problems, including cancers, stroke and depression, fewer than one-third of people with the disorders receive any treatment and less than 10 percent receive medications to help reduce alcohol consumption.

Mental Health, Research, Substance Abuse

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Illustration of the concept of the thought process with colorful circles and arrows pointing to other circles with question marks.

March 4, 2014

Protocol developed by UNC researchers reduces alcohol-related hospi...

The new protocol helps health care providers determine which patients need hospital admission and those whose needs can be met with outpatient treatment.

Substance Abuse

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Thomas Kash

September 4, 2012

Heavy drinking rewires brain, increasing susceptibility to anxiety ...

After chronic alcohol exposure, mice are unable to control a learned fear response, shedding light on the link between alcoholism and anxiety problems like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mental Health, Research, Substance Abuse

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In October 2011

July 23, 2012

Synthetic stimulants called ‘bath salts’ act in the brain like cocaine

The effects on the brain’s reward circuits of the drug mephedrone are comparable to those of cocaine, which supports the argument that the synthetic drugs be made illegal permanently.

Studies, Substance Abuse

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Photo illustration of baby getting a bath

June 4, 2012

Baby wash products linked to false positive screening results for m...

Sleuthing by a multidisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals revealed the culprit behind an unexpected spike in “false positive” cannabis exposure screening results.

Pregnancy, Studies, Substance Abuse

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An illustration of a person trapped in a medicine bottle.

April 25, 2011

Narcotic pain relief drug overdose deaths a national epidemic

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Treatment

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