The Buzz - A Blog About the Disease of Addiction | CASAColumbia


Welcome to The BuzzCASAColumbia’s online conversation about addiction and substance use.

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The new drug flakka, which comes in the form of pink or white crystals, has grabbed media headlines over the last few months because of the drug’s side effects, which causes users to act in dangerous, even violent, behaviors. But what is flakka and why should we be so worried about it?

References to smoking, drinking and drug use in movies and music have a significant influence on teens’ decisions to start using these substances. Exposure to this content makes teens more likely to use, and to use more. In a 2012 report, the Surgeon General concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people.” And yet, movie companies continue to depict smoking in G, PG and PG-13 films.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Sarah Dauber, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Associate Director of Adolescent and Family Research.

In partnership with Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, I am pleased to announce on behalf of CASAColumbia, the formation of a new research and policy center, set to be the preeminent resource for the study of addiction. This collaboration will establish a center of excellence in New Haven, Connecticut that will connect experts on substance abuse research, public policy and education across these two distinguished organizations.

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