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10 Times More Mentally Ill Americans are in Jail Than Are Receiving Treatment

10 Times More Mentally Ill Americans are in Jail Than Are Receiving Treatment

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With 2.3 million people behind bars and an estimated 10 million Americans cycling in and out of correctional facilities each year, the United States is in the midst of an “epidemic of mass incarceration,” say researchers from the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, a collaboration of The Miriam Hospital and Brown University.

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Alcohol’s Role in Traffic Deaths Underreported

Alcohol’s Role in Traffic Deaths Underreported

pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury

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It’s no secret that drinking and driving can be a deadly mix. But the role of alcohol in U.S. traffic deaths may be substantially underreported on death certificates, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Between 1999 and 2009, more than 450,000 Americans were killed in a…

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Percentage of College Freshmen Drinking Beer in the Past Year Remains at Historically Low Levels

Percentage of College Freshmen Drinking Beer in the Past Year Remains at Historically Low Levels

The percentage of U.S. college freshmen reporting that they drank beer occasionally or frequently in the past year has declined significantly since the early 1980s, according to data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s annual college freshman survey. In 1982, a record 73.7% of college freshmen reported drinking beer in the year before entering college. Since then this rate has…

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Addicts Who Live in the Moment May Get Most Benefit From Certain Kinds of Treatment

Addicts Who Live in the Moment May Get Most Benefit From Certain Kinds of Treatment

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Drug-dependent people who least take the future into account may, paradoxically, be the ones to benefit the most from certain treatments.

The human instinct to choose instant gratification, such as a drug high, over a later benefit, such as good health — known as future or delay discounting — is strong in people with drug dependencies. An important component of addiction is…

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Brain differences in college-aged occasional drug users

Brain differences in college-aged occasional drug users

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Varian 4T fMRI, part of the Brain Imaging Center, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered impaired neuronal activity in the parts of the brain associated with anticipatory functioning among occasional 18- to 24-year-old users of stimulant drugs,…

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