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Why One Pain Specialist Hasn’t Prescribed an Opioid in 10 Years

March 13, 2017: M Health Lab

Opioids don’t work for most people with chronic pain. A pain expert explains why doctors should consider other options for their patients. — Read more...


Drug Use Drops After ER Visits Used as ‘Teachable Moments’

March 10, 2017: M Health Lab

In a randomized controlled trial, a brief talk with a counselor helped ER patients reduce drug misuse, and a “virtual therapist” on a tablet also showed promise. — Read more...


Uncover New Insights into Childhood Brain Developments

March 7, 2017: M Health Blog

U-M is recruiting parents and children for a unique opportunity: paid participation in a national study of healthy brain development. — Read more...


$25m Gift to Help Launch Opioid Treatment Center

March 6, 2017: The Boston Globe

The Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine will open at Boston Medical Center. In disclosing their gift of $25m to fund the center, John Grayken and his wife, Eilene said they usually do charitable giving anonymously, but are going public to destigmatize addiction and encourage others to follow their lead. — Read more...


Use of Risky Brain-Affecting Drug Combinations Rising Among Seniors

February 14, 2017: M Health Lab

Opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antipsychotics affect the central nervous system, and combining them can put older people at risk. But new data show concerning prescribing trends. — Read more...


Clinical Associate Professor Stephen Strobbe has been selected for a Fulbright Flex U.S. Scholar grant

January 27, 2017: UM School of Nursing

Screening adolescents for substance use will be the focus of the award through collaboration with the University of São Paulo (USP) at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing in Brazil. — Read more...


Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

January 23, 2017: NPR

As the drug use reaches into more communities across the country, researchers are scrambling to both diagnose what causes some people and some regions to be more susceptible to opioid abuse, and to devise solutions. — Read more...


VA program reduced prescriptions of 'risky' opioid dosages for veterans

January 17, 2017: Healio / O7P News

A new digital tracking system was behind the decrease — suggesting a potential partial solution that other health systems could adopt to fight the opioid epidemic. — Read more...


Fewer Veterans Got Risky Opioid Prescriptions Thanks to National VA Effort

January 13, 2017: M Health Lab

The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI), established by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in 2013, created a dashboard tool that used a national computerized medical record and allowed clinicians at 141 VA hospitals to review opioid prescribing and receive feedback. — Read more...


National VA effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans

January 10, 2017: Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation

Reductions in highest doses through computer “dashboard” and prioritizing painkiller safety suggests other large health systems could do the same. — Read more...


Teen use of illicit drugs besides marijuana at new low; same for alcohol

December 14, 2016: The University Record

Teenagers' use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. — Read more...


Study: Rural Communities See Steep Increase in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal

December 12, 2016: M Health Lab

The rate of babies exposed to opioids in utero is increasing dramatically in rural America, a U-M study finds. — Read more...


Sorry, Weed Probably Won’t Help You Sleep

December 6, 2016: The Huffington Post

Dr. Deirdre Conroy was interviewed for a Huffington Post article on marijuana and sleep. — Read more...


How To Spot — And Treat — Addiction In Your Family

November 21, 2016: NPR On Point

Dr. Erin Bonar participated in an interview on NPR related to the Sugeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. — Read more...


What the Surgeon General's Addiction Report Really Means

November 18, 2016: MEDPAGETODAY

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Allison Lin provided video commentary on the landmark report. — Read more...


Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

November 16, 2016: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Surgeon general: 1 in 7 in U.S. will face substance addiction. — Read more...


Can Opioid Overdose Prevention Take a Lesson from Stroke Prevention?

October 21, 2016: M Health Lab

The same approach that helps patients manage powerful blood thinners could help expand access to medication-based addiction treatment. — Read more...


Does Weed Help You Sleep? Probably Not

October 17, 2016: BU today

Daily marijuana users reported more sleep disturbance than those who do not use marijuana daily or at all in a study led by SPH’s Michael Stein in collaboration with Drs. Deirdre Conroy and Kirk Brower and Boston University.— Read more...


Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources

September 2016, Volume 8, Issue 3: NIAAA Spectrum

Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D., authored an article for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) Spectrum Webzine titled "Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources" — Read more...


Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture

September 2016: Sports Science Institute

Dr. Erin Bonar and Holly Rider-Milkovich, head of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, contributed to the NCAA Sport Science Institute’s publication, “Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture”, which is a new resource for athletics administrators to use in their efforts to create campus communities free of sexual violence and safe places for students to learn and thrive. — Read more...


U-M Researchers Looking To Recruit Tweens For Decade-Long Study

September 14, 2016: CBS Detroit

What in the world were they thinking? A new research project at the University of Michigan is looking for just that answer — Read more...


ABCD Study Announcement in Popular Science

September 13, 2016: Popular Science

The NIH will track brains of 10,000 kids as they grow up. The massive brain development study will span a decade. Read more...


The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Developement (ABCD) Study Launches Today

September 13, 2016: UM Health System News

Hundreds of Southeast Michigan tweens needed to help U-M scientists explore the developing brain Read more...


Dr. Donovan Maust was featured in a blog: Despite Lack of Evidence, 10 States Allow Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

August 19, 2016: M Health Lab

Dr. Maust said, "There is limited evidence for any of the indications that states give medical marijuana certifications for, and almost none when it comes to agitation due to Alzheimer’s or other causes of dementia." Read more...


Treating pain without feeding addiction

August 17, 2016: Michigan Today

People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. A new study shows the potential to treat pain without the use of potentially addictive pain medication. Read more...


Appointments for the leadership of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS)

August 9, 2016: UM Department of Psychiatry

  • Effective August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. is appointed Interim Director of UMATS.
  • Erin Bonar, Ph.D. is appointed Director of Clinical Programs for UMATS.

UM student group wins second place in NIDA app challenge

August 5, 2016: Michigan Institute for Data Science

A group of U-M students have won second place in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “Addiction Research: There’s an App for That” challenge. The project was called “Substance Abuse Research Assistant (SARA). Read more...


Agitation in Alzheimer Disease as a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Currently, few applicants for medical marijuana list dementia as the reason for seeking certification. However, given increasingly open attitudes toward recreational and medical marijuana use, providers should be aware that dementia is a potential indication for licensing, despite lack of evidence for its efficacy. Read more...


Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

July 27, 2016: UMHS News

A New Approach could help confront nation’s opioid addiction epidemic. Read more...


The ImPAT Approach: Treating Pain Without Opioids

July 27, 2016: M Health Lab

How can doctors offer relief to recovering addicts without using painkillers? A new study suggests that a hybrid of two psychosocial approaches could offer an alternative. Read more...


Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

July 27, 2016: Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation News

It’s a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. Read more...


Study: Marijuana affects brain’s reward center

July 17, 2016: The Detroit News

A new study put out by University of Michigan researchers suggests that over time, marijuana use dampens the response of the area of the brain that responds to rewards. Read more...


What Will It Take to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic?

July 8, 2016: M Health Lab

Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Dr. Amy Bohnert explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide. Read more...


Over Time, Marijuana Use Dampens Brain’s Response to Reward

July 6, 2016: M Health Lab

A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction. Read more...


Marijuana use dampens brain's response to reward over time

July 6, 2016: Michigan News

ANN ARBOR—Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards. Read more...


Why U.S. Doctors Love Opioids and Hate Marijuana for Chronic Pain

June 23, 2016: M Health Lab

The opioid epidemic is well documented, yet physicians still are wary about whether cannabinoids are better options for chronic pain. Neither is a perfect solution. Read more...