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.

11/11/16

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.

5/31/16

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

11/4/15

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

4/8/15

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

12/2/14

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

6/23/16

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

3/4/16

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.

6/23/16

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.

6/23/16

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

6/23/16

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.”

6/23/16

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.

6/23/16

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

6/23/16

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

6/23/16

“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.

6/23/16

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

6/23/16

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.”

6/23/16

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.