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New from NIAAA: An Updated Rethinking Drinking Booklet and Website
NIAAA - 7/27/22
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of Americans ages 18 and older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and about a quarter of this same group reported past-month binge drinking.

Litten Appointed as New Director of NIAAA Division of Treatment and Recovery
NIAAA - 7/1/22
As DTR Director, Dr. Litten leads a broad program of extramural clinical research that focuses on improving treatments for alcohol use disorder (AUD), increasing the use and uptake of such treatments in real-world settings, and understanding the process of recovery from AUD.

More Endorsements for The FASD Respect Act from New York State and Georgia
FASD United - 6/16/22
New York State and Georgia have added some key endorsements for The FASD Respect Act.

Pregnant Women’s Drinking Correlates with Their Partner’s Drinking
Science Daily - 6/8/22
Pregnant women's use of alcohol correlates with that of their partner, a new study shows. Paying attention to both parents' use of alcohol may help to prevent drinking during pregnancy, as well as fetal exposure to the adverse effects of alcohol.

Check your drinking: Create a Plan to Drink Less
CDC - 6/8/22 
Drinking too much alcohol can be harmful. Everyone can benefit from drinking less alcohol or not drinking at all.

NIAAA Short Takes Video Series: Enhancing Understanding About Alcohol Terms 
NIAAA - 6/8/22 
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has launched a new video series called “Short Takes with NIAAA.”

Heightened Risk of Substance Use Disorders Among Female Youths Who Attempt Suicide Events
Drug Free America - 6/1/22
A new study in JAMA Psychiatry finds that female youths between the ages of 8 and 19 who attempted suicide had a substantial risk of hospitalization for a substance use disorder (SUD) later in life compared to female youths who never attempted suicide.

Changes in Maternal Substance Use During the Covid-19 Pandemic 
Pubmed - 5/26/22 
Maternal stress and mental health challenges have increased since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began.

Pregnant Women with Depression: Greater Use of Cannabis and Benzodiazepines, But Not Antidepressants
Harvard Medical School - 5/26/22
While we have seen decreasing rates of alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy over the last few decades, the use of cannabis during pregnancy is on the rise.

NIAAA Develops New Program to Improve the Diagnosis, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery from Alcohol-Related Problems
NIAAA - 5/23/22
The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research program supports the development and commercialization of innovative tools, technologies, and strategies.

Access SAMHSA’s New “Talk. They Hear You.” Mobile App 
5/12/22 - SAMHSA
SAMHSA’s new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app helps parents and caregivers prepare for some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their kids. 

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline Now Available
HRSA-5/8/22 
Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or exhausted at different times during their pregnancy or after having a baby.

Maternal Mental Health Hotline 
5/6/22 - HHS 
Today, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration announced the launch of the Maternal Mental Health Hotline, a new, confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges. 

NIAAA’s Alcohol and Your Pregnancy Brochure Now Available 
4/22/22 - NIAAA 
Developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Alcohol and Your Pregnancy brochure provides answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol and drinking during pregnancy and describes conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.

FASD Podcast on “4 Paws For Ability” Service Dogs
4/19/22 - FASD Hope
4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of people with disabilities by placing life changing service dogs.

Protect Your Brain: An Education Campaign for Middle and High School Students
4/18/22 - Addiction Policy Forum
Addiction Policy Forum is excited to launch Protect Your Brain, an education and awareness campaign featuring videos that teach teens how to protect themselves from substance use disorder.

Dr. Catherine Lebel: New Study on Low Levels of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure 
4/18/22 - The FASD Success Show
We know prenatal alcohol exposure is a risk factor for FASD. We have studies on high levels of prenatal alcohol exposure - but what about low levels? Up until now, we have not had a study to share showing how low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure can affect the brain and behaviour. 

CDC Web Feature: Brenna's Story
4/1/22 - CDC
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are disabilities that last a lifetime. Children with FASDs can have behavioral, intellectual, and neurological problems. FASDs can occur when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
4/1/22 - ACOG
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research reveals that one in seven pregnant people reported alcohol use in the past month and one in 20 of pregnant people reported binge drinking.

Public Meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on FASD 
4/1/22 - NIAAA

Overdose Alert! - Important Notice from the Georgia Department of Public Health
3/28/22 - DPH
The Georgia Department of Public Health has received reports of increased overdoses in various areas of the state over the past month which are caused by drugs mixed with fentanyl, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine and counterfeit pills.

NIAAA Finds 25% Increase in Alcohol-Related Deaths During COVID-19
NIAA - 3/25/22
Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have found that alcohol-related deaths increased markedly during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Families 
3/23/22 - Proof Alliance
Learning that your child may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) can cause a range of emotions.

A Comparison of the Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Caregivers of Autistic Children and Caregivers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 
3/17/22 - Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Caregivers of autistic children and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience considerable stress. 

Study Suggests Possible Dietary Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
3/11/22 - NIAAA
A diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates and protein, known as a ketogenic diet, may help reduce the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms in people being treated for alcohol use disorder, according to a new study led by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Tobacco Product Use and Associated Factors Among Middle and High School Students
3/11/22 - MMWR
Commercial tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Most tobacco product use begins during adolescence. In recent years, tobacco products have evolved to include various combusted, smokeless and electronic products.

Are Experiences of Racial Discrimination Associated with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms? A Multistate Analysis of Pregnancy Risk Assessment
2/23/22 - Pubmed
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious public health crisis disproportionately affecting women of color.

Words Matter When Discussing Alcohol Issues: A New Stigma-Free Vocabulary for Better AUD Outcomes 
2/23/22 - NIAAA
Word choice may seem out of place among the myriad factors that can influence outcomes for a complex condition like alcohol use disorder.

Opioid-Related Issues Affecting Pregnant and Postpartum People and Infants Prenatally Exposed to Opioids and Other Substances
2/10/22 - Journal of Women’s Health
Opioid use disorder poses a significant public health concern impacting maternal and infant outcomes. 

HHS Announces New Reports and Grant Program Addressing the Health Needs of Pregnant Women and Children Affected by Substance Use
2/3/22 - HHS
A new series of reports from the Department of Health and Human Services on substance-exposed pregnancies highlights how pregnant and postpartum women who use substances and their children can benefit from evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies.

Beyond 90 Days: How Aftercare is the Key to Curbing Chronic Relapse
2/2/22-NCAD
Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be challenging, and not knowing what to do to help them can bring up feelings of helplessness.

Weed’s Last Taboo: Pregnancy Inside the Quiet Rise of Cannabis Use Among Expecting and Breastfeeding Parents 
The Cut 1/28/22 
Modern motherhood is a marvel and a minefield. An obstacle course of risk-reward calculations for which we will be judged.

Urgency of Drug-Seeking Habit, Not Drug Itself, Drives Addiction Relapse
1/28/22-HMPG
Ingrained habits in individuals with substance use disorder appear (SUD) to contribute to the perpetuation of drug-seeking behavior and relapse rather than the drug itself, suggests a study involving rats published in Biological Psychiatry.

Ready to Respond: Mental Health Beyond Crisis and COVID-19
1/28/22-SAMHSA
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the federal agency charged with reducing the impact of substance use and mental illness on America’s communities.

How We View the Future May Hold Key to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder
1/27/22-Virginia Tech
A “slow” strategy may be the fast track for people recovering from alcohol use disorder.

Acute Alcohol Consumption Linked With Increased Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
1/25/22 - NCAD
Acute alcohol consumption has been linked with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study from the University of California San Francisco.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Over-55 Population Soar, Particularly Among Black Men
1/12/22 - NCAD
Opioid overdose-involved deaths among Americans over the age of 55 have increased 10-fold since 1999, and older Black men in particular have been disproportionately impacted, according to a study published on Tuesday by JAMA Network Open.