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If you call yourself a social smoker, you might believe that you aren’t really harming your health — after all, social smokers are defined as people who mostly smoke in social situations. They don’t smoke that much so they aren’t harming their health, right? Wrong.

The risks and benefits of treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with prescription medication is a frequently covered topic in the news. Parents who are considering ADHD medications for their kids, or who may already have kids taking these medications, are likely to have lingering questions about whether or not these medicines place their child at an increased risk for addiction.

CASAColumbia is pleased to announce the election of Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20,” to its board of directors. Vargas is an award-winning television news anchor and correspondent who has traveled the world covering breaking news, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting major interviews.

CASAColumbia fully supports the use of marijuana-based medications that have undergone the FDA’s comprehensive drug approval process. We also encourage more research on the value of marijuana for medical purposes. But we remain wary of state legalization of medical marijuana, especially in forms that are not medically appropriate and are not properly regulated.

In March, Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital announced the launch of a fellowship program in addiction medicine, joining the ranks of 26 other fellowship programs accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). These programs fill a tremendous gap in care and help foster a more integrative health care system for patients and providers alike.

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