IAS In The News
USA Today - Prescription opioid overdoses drop, as fentanyl deaths skyrocket 07/2019
"It's great that it's moving in the right direction," says Adam Leventhal, director of the University of Southern California's Institute for Addiction Science. "It's important that the public and policymakers recognize that the addiction crisis is unfortunately still alive and well. It's just shifting."
USC News - Teens who abuse opioids are more likely to later use heroin 07/2019
“Prescription opioids and heroin activate the brain’s pleasure circuit in similar ways,” said senior author Adam Leventhal, a professor of preventive medicine and psychology and director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Teens who enjoy the ‘high’ from prescription opioids could be more inclined to try other drugs that produce euphoria, including heroin.”
USC News - The USC Experts on the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic 06/2019
Nearly 400,000 people in America died from opioid overdose from 1999-2017. USC experts believe they can stem the tide.
The Atlantic - Naloxone Has Made Overdosing Less Terrifying 06/2019
However, use of fentanyl is likely to grow in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as people get accustomed to it and begin to prefer its more intense high, says Ricky Bluthenthal, a professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, who researches injection drug use.
USC News - Study finds e-cigarette cartoon ads may increase young adults’ likelihood of vaping 06/2019
“The data in this most recent study suggest a need for policies to extend restrictions on cartoon-based marketing of cigarettes to include marketing for e-cigarettes,” Allem said. Additional study authors include Tess Boley Cruz, Jennifer B. Unger, Josseline Herrera and Sara Schiff, all of the department of preventive medicine at the Keck School.
Drug users, equipped with naloxone, are helping to reverse overdoses in San Francisco 06/2019
However, use of fentanyl is likely to grow in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as people get accustomed to it and begin to prefer its more intense high, said Ricky Bluthenthal, professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, who researches injection drug use.
The Verge - Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape Love Comparing Tobacco to Caffeine 04/2019
But nicotine and caffeine aren’t chemically similar, not really. When I covered the health effects of nicotine last year, I asked Adam Leventhal, director of the USC Health, Emotion, and Addiction Laboratory, how the two drugs compared. “They’re apples and oranges,” he told me, citing a long list of distressing nicotine withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, irritability, and hunger.
USC News - Mindfulness Could Be a Key to Recovering From Substance Abuse, USC Experts Say 03/2019
Initial studies with young adults show dramatic drops in stress, cravings, impulsivity and risk of relapse after practicing mindfulness.
Fox News - Quitting JUUL: New text messaging program targets addicted teens 02/2019
“These findings did not provide strong evidence of transition away from cigarette smoking as a potential public health benefit of e-cigarette use,” Jessica Barrington-Trimis, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters. “Collectively, findings from this paper suggest that e-cigarette use may result in an overall adverse impact of the public health of youth and young adults.”
Vice News - An Influential Think Tank Suggested That Harm Reduction Doesn't Work 12/2018
“The dispute is primarily disciplinary—although it is taking on metaphysical proportions given the inability or unwillingness of Doleac and colleagues to acknowledge the validity of other methodologies or to reflect constructively on the weakness of their own methods,” says Ricky Bluthenthal, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. “Ignoring findings from other methodological approaches is uncommon in public health. We are multidisciplinary by necessity and training.”
USC News - Inside the Evolving Issue of Addiction 10/2018
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Washington Post - ‘Peanut Butter Cup’ Vape: Is This Dessert Or An E-Cigarette Flavor? 03/2018
During the past 10 years, a “dramatic shift” has occurred in the tobacco product marketplace, with e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco water pipes and small cigars gaining significant heft in sales — especially among this young population, noted an editorial that accompanied the study by Adam Leventhal and Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.
LA Times - Young rappers are getting honest about doing battle with depression, drug addiction and suicide 01/2018
"Some music can glamorize addiction and substance abuse. There's a difference between speaking out about your troubles and glamorizing that lifestyle," said Adam Leventhal, the director of USC's Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory. "There's a belief in some communities that you're just supposed to be strong and handle your business and not talk about it or that it's somehow your fault. These ideas have been perpetuated for generations, in part by media and through social circles."