New PSA Focused on People with Disabilities Preparing for Emergencies

The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have launched a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. We Prepare Every Day drives to and is an extension of FEMA’s Ready campaign with the Ad Council which has helped to generate more than 87 million unique visitors to the campaign website since its launch in 2003. The new PSA emphasizes […]

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Upcoming: Peer Recovery Coach Institute Training

ETCADA will be holding a Peer Recovery Coach Institute Training from August 31 – September 4, 2015. For more information on the requirements and details of this training, call ETCADA at 903-763-7633. 

Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men

It's not clear why past drug dependence is linked to less gray matter in female brains, researchers say By Carrie Myers HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study, brain scans reveal that women formerly addicted to stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, have a smaller amount of a type of brain tissue known as "gray matter." This was true even though the women hadn't used the drugs for about a year before undergoing the brain scans, the study said. The research also hints, but cannot prove, that these drugs take a greater toll on addicted women's brains compared to men who had been dependent on the same drugs. Compared to healthy men, formerly drug-dependent men showed […]

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Heroin Abuse Increases, and Prescription Opioids Are Largely to Blame: CDC

BY JOIN TOGETHER STAFF July 8th, 2015   Heroin abuse is rising across the United States, according to a new government report that finds the strongest risk factor for a heroin use disorder is a prescription opioid use disorder. People addicted to opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or be dependent on heroin, NPR reports. The largest increase in heroin use is among women and white (non-Hispanic) Americans. Young adults and those with household incomes below $20,000 are most likely to use heroin. Most people who use heroin abuse multiple other substances, including opioid pain relievers and cocaine, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. More than half a million Americans used heroin in 2013, nearly […]

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Many Primary Care Doctors Lack Understanding of Opioid Abuse: Survey

BY JOIN TOGETHER STAFF June 25th, 2015 Many primary care physicians have misconceptions about opioid abuse, a new survey finds. Almost half of internists, family physicians and general practitioners incorrectly believe that abuse-deterrent pills are less addictive than standard opioid painkillers, according to the survey. The researchers, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, say this lack of understanding may be contributing to the problem of prescription drug abuse and addiction, PsychCentral reports. “Physicians and patients may mistakenly view these medicines as safe in one form and dangerous in another, but these products are addictive no matter how you take them,” study leader G. Caleb Alexander, MD, said in a news release. “If doctors and patients fail […]

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