Expert Summaries

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RIA Expert Summaries provide timely information on addictions and substance abuse topics. Each summary provides an overview of a problem area as well as researched-based suggestions on how to address it. The Expert Summaries are available for download in either HTML or PDF formats.


There are people whose depression only manifests after they begin abusing alcohol. Determining which problem came first is often the key to effective treatment for both issues.


Are people with mental illness more likely to abuse drugs? Or does abusing drugs contribute to mental illness?


One of the fastest growing health problems in the United States is substance abuse among adults age 65 and older.


Underage drinking continues to be a problem in the U.S. and could have lasting repercussions.


If children develop substance abuse problems, it can hamper their development and keep them from living up to their full potential.


Research shows the answer to that question often depends on who is doing the drinking and how much is consumed.


It is the position of the UB Research Institute on Addictions that reduction of binge drinking must be recognized as a crucial goal for prevention efforts.


Drug officials believe the increase may be linked to the rise in prescription drug abuse, as people who abuse drugs such as Oxycontin or Vicodin look for a greater, cheaper high.


The use of medical marijuana has elicited strong opinions on both sides of the debate.


Molly” has been making news lately. Bad news. Recently, organizers of a New York City music festival cancelled the last day of performances when two people died—and four more were hospitalized in critical condition—due to ingesting the club drug “Molly.”


A dangerous chemical kick may be no farther away than your medicine cabinet… About one in 20 teens have gotten high on dextromethorphan (DXM) – the active ingredient in more than 100 over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies.


What do pain killers, tranquilizers, and stimulant medications all have in common?


The “college years...” – for many, reflection on this time includes remembrances of either initiating alcohol use or the escalation of drinking.


“Bath salts” – and we're not speaking of the pleasant hygiene products purchased at your grocery store or local shopping mall – are a relatively new type of psychoactive drug containing synthetic stimulants.


From 1900-1960, Nevada was the only state with legalized gambling. Outside of Nevada, gambling translated to charity bingo, horse and dog tracks.


A seminal study at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) reported that during the course of the year “15% of the U.S. workforce has used or been under the influence of alcohol at work.”


Energy drinks are highly caffeinated beverages designed to provide a short-term energy boost. These drinks typically contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and three times as much as a standard soft drink, with some brands containing much higher doses.