November 28, 2018
Bright Nights Community Forum: Bipolar Disorder & Addiction: Research and Treatment Options
Join experts from the University of Michigan Health System to learn more about treatment and the latest research on bipolar disorder and addiction.
November 2, 2018: Michigan Health Lab
Dr. Meghan Martz offered a commentary on recreational and medical marijuana, the state of knowledge about the drug and its derivatives.
October 19, 2018: U-M Precision Health Investigator Award
Dr. Anne Fernandez was announced as a 2018 U-M Precision Health Investigator Award winner!
October 8, 2018: Michigan Health Blog
Dr. Allison Lin was featured in a blog on how to determine of a person's alcohol consumption is unhealthy, and why having the conversation is crucial.
October, 2018: Published Book
How does drug addiction happen? Dr. Jonathan Morrow published a book on the study of sign-tracking and the drug addiction process.
September 12, 2018: Michigan Health Blog
Impacted by genetics and life experience, addiction can vary by individual. Learn about the biology and treatment options that can help.
September 10, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
Dr. Mark Ilgen discusses the findings from the recent study by Petrosky and colleagues that show an increase in suicides among persons with chronic pain, and is a potentially lethal consequence of suffering in patients with pain.
September 10, 2018: CBS, Los Angeles
Dr. Mark Igen discusses the relationship between chronic pain, opioids, and suicide and the importance suicide risk assessment for suicide prevention.
September 6, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines
“Substance abuse and addiction is a disease, not a moral failing,” said Fred Blow, Ph.D., director of the Addiction Center at Michigan Medicine. “And there is no shame in an individual seeking treatment for such a disease, just as they would any other health condition.”
July 20, 2018: New Grant Awarded to University of Michigan Addiction Center Faculty, Dr. Erin Bonar
Dr. Erin Bonar was awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) titled: Harnessing social media to reduce cannabis use among adolescents and emerging adults in an urban emergency department. The funding period is through June 2021.
July 13, 2018: Michigan Health Lab
Licensed medical professionals face just as much risk of a substance use disorder as the general population, and they have a higher likelihood of opioid misuse, says Dr. Edward Jouney.
July 4th, 2018: The University of Michigan Addiction Center was the featured charity for the Firecracker 5k
The Firecracker 5k was a huge success with over 1,100 participants! A special thank you to Epic Races for supporting the University of Michigan Addiction Center.
June 26, 2018: Michigan Health
Dr. Jonathan Morrow discussed the use of an 11-point checklist to help determine if a person’s opioid use signals a deeper problem.
June 19, 2018: NIH News Release
NIH research confirms effective treatments for opioid use disorder are underutilized.
June 8, 2018: Michigan Health Lab
As the opioid epidemic worsens, government is introducing new legislation that has many upset. Learn from an expert in pain medication what it really means for health care providers.
May 18, 2018: Michigan Health
Doctors consider multiple factors when gauging a patient’s alcohol issues and advising proper treatment. Dr. Anne Fernandez explains the approach.
May 16, 2018: Bridge MI
A new Bridge MI article references Dr. Amy Bohnert’s work on the Michigan Opioid Collaborative initiative.
May 11, 2018: Health Affairs
Dr. Amy Bohnert and collaborators authored a piece for this Health Affairs blog.
May 4, 2018: Michigan Health
A new Michigan Medicine program aims to teach patients about alternate and effective ways to deal with discomfort, and to find strength in each other.
May 4, 2018: The University Record
More funding is needed to address the opioid epidemic that is projected to cost the United States economy $200 billion by 2020, U-M researcher Rebecca Haffajee says. An article she co-authored suggests hundreds of millions of federal dollars are needed in specific programs to help save lives and mitigate other immediate harms.
May 1, 2018: ASAM Weekly
Dr. Meghan Martz and colleagues examined functional MRI and performance testing data in 57 participants of the Michigan Longitudinal Study to better understand why some young adults in families with addiction are less prone to subsequent substance misuse. The participants with more resilience showed heightened activation in the prefrontal cortex but no difference in the processing of rewards.
April 24, 2018: Michigan Health Lab
Kids with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic those behaviors. Dr. Martz and colleagues studied their brain activity to see why certain youths do not.
April 18, 2018: The University Record
The new Opioid Solutions community, a resource developed by the U-M's Office of Research, Injury Prevention Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, serves as a central hub for U-M research, educational activities and community outreach related to opioids.
April 13, 2018: The University Record
A2C3 is urging members of the community to consider the role that alcohol plays in their lives by hosting a series of alcohol screening events on and off campus as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.
April 11, 2018: Inside Higher Ed
Nursing colleges add curricula to deal with a growing public health problem.
April 6, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines
U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) offers a specialized program designed for health care workers battling addiction or other mental health problems.
March 13, 2018: Bridge
Michigan has more people dying of opioid overdoses than physicians trained to prescribe a drug that may save their lives.
February 16, 2018 : Book
Edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Leon I. Puttler
2018: Oxford University Press
This book, a product of contributions presented during the April 2015 Festschrift celebration of Dr. Robert Zucker’s substance abuse research career, focuses on developmental issues relating to the etiology and progression of alcohol use disorders from infancy to early adulthood. The speakers, along with 40 other nationally known researchers contributed chapters on their work and its interface with Dr. Zucker’s contributions. Among the authors were Department of Psychiatry faculty: Drs. Cranford, Heitzeg, and Hicks, and a number of other UM and affiliated faculty: Drs. Buu, Puttler, Schulenberg, Trucco, and Wong.
January 31, 2018: The Today Show
The ABCD Study was featured on the Today Show in a wonderful segment where Dr. Susan Bookheimer was interviewed by NBC special correspondent Maria Shriver.
December 20, 2017: Michigan Health
One expert recommends that everyone battling opioid use disorder keep Narcan at home for emergencies — and seek information about available addiction therapies.
December 14, 2017: NIH News Release
NIH’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse.
December 6, 2017: M Health Lab
Guidelines developed from gallbladder patient data and interviews form the basis of a new effort to right-size opioid prescribing for many operations.
December 4, 2017
A series of community discussions and an interactive website featuring the stories of the opioid crisis will launch in Pennsylvania next year as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction.
December 1, 2017: Book
Drs. Kirk Brower and Michelle Riba’s book titled, “Physician mental health and well-being: research and practice” received a very positive review, which appeared in the December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
November 22, 2017
Learn more about what the U-M Addiction Center is doing to treat addiction and how you can help make an even bigger impact Giving Blueday.
November 3, 2017
The Adolescent Health Initiative is offering a free training session on addressing and preventing adolescent substance use, on November 3rd, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College.
October 24, 2017: IHPI
Amid a national crisis of substance use and overdose, and rising suicide rates, the national Injury and Violence Prevention Network sponsored a briefing for members of Congress and their staff on the intersections between these issues on Oct. 24. Addiction Center faculty, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D., who has studied these issues, spoke about the current state of knowledge and called for further research.
October 18, 2017: M Health Lab
General physicians can deliver medication-assisted treatment with help from team members they probably already have in their clinics, a new analysis concludes.
October 12, 2017: IHPI
Adreanne Waller, M.P.H. Epidemiologist, Washtenaw County Public Health will speak on October 12th from 4-5pm at North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Building 10, Research Auditorium
August 9, 2017
Golfo Tzilos, Ph.D., was recognized in Washington D.C., at the American Psychology Association Convention this month, for her work identifying “Psychosocial Correlates of Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Adolescent Girls."
August 8, 2017
Dr. Erin Bonar has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
Dr. Erin bonar has been appointed as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Dr. Bonar will work closely with Dr. José Bauermeister's research team in the Program for Sexuality, Technology & Action Research and bring her expertise in Motivational Interviewing to his team and the department.
August 3, 2017: M Health Lab
Injuries are a leading cause of death — and completely preventable. To bolster research in this area, the U-M Injury Center just received new federal funding.
August 2, 2017
Symposium: Opioids and Stimulants: Use and Abuse
This symposium will feature experts in the neurobiology and pharmacology of opioid and cocaine actions in both human and animal models, as well as in the detection and forensics of these drugs in our communities.
July 21, 2017: M Health, Wellness and Prevention
Cutting out alcohol without medical guidance can be dangerous for chronic drinkers, as shown by the death of Nelsan Ellis. Learn more about safe withdrawal methods.
July 20, 2017
In June, the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) presented Robert Zucker, Ph.D., with the 2017 Margaret Cork Award, the organization’s oldest award.
July 19, 2017: M Health Lab
Prescription drug monitoring programs could help fight a national epidemic and boost the effort to get people treatment, research shows. But states differ widely in implementation.
June 27, 2017: Michigan News
"Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing.
June 12, 2017: M Health Lab
How much alcohol women drink may depend on where they live. A new study finds one-fifth of women in Appalachian Ohio imbibe at alarming levels.
May 19, 2017: M Health Blog
Understanding the brain’s role in addiction can help break the stigma surrounding the illness — and encourage individuals to seek help.
May 15, 2017: Michigan Medicine
Free, no-questions-asked chance to get opioids and other unneeded medicines out of the house, organized by U-M opioid-reduction project.
May 1, 2017: School of Nursing
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has endorsed a joint position statement from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) that encourages a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery for nurses and nursing students with substance use and related disorders, as opposed to punishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 6, 2016: The Huffington Post
Dr. Deirdre Conroy was interviewed for a Huffington Post article on marijuana and sleep.
November 21, 2016: NPR On Point
Dr. Erin Bonar participated in an interview on NPR related to the Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
November 18, 2016: MEDPAGETODAY
Drs. Amy Bohnert and Allison Lin provided video commentary on the landmark report.
November 16, 2016: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Surgeon general: 1 in 7 in U.S. will face substance addiction.
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.
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.
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"
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
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.
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.
September 13, 2016: UM Health System News
Hundreds of Southeast Michigan tweens needed to help U-M scientists explore the developing brain.
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."
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.
August 9, 2016: UM Department of Psychiatry
Appointments for the leadership of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS)
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
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).
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.
July 27, 2016: UMHS News
A New Approach could help confront nation’s opioid addiction
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.