Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role.
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August 19, 2014 Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.
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The notion that brief interventions can catch — and stop — problem drinking started in the 1960s.
August 6, 2014 Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.
This could be just a moment's fun, or the beginning of a lifelong addiction.
July 2, 2014 We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.
Gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin, helps some people cut down on drinking.
November 7, 2013 Gabapentin, a generic drug, appears to reduce alcohol cravings and ease sleeplessness and anxiety associated with withdrawal. But the drug hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat alcohol dependence, and there's no sign it will be anytime soon.
May 30, 2013 People with ADHD in childhood are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol later. Studies have disagreed on whether treatment with stimulant drugs like Ritalin makes that abuse more likely, or protects against it. The biggest review yet says stimulant treatment neither helps nor hurts.
Hydrocodone pills, the generic version of Vicodin, shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
February 20, 2013 Pharmaceuticals were involved in more than half of the 38,329 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2010. Opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone, were the most common prescription drugs involved. But drugs for mental health conditions were also implicated often.
An FDA advisory panel voted to increase controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, such as this generic version of Vicodin.
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January 25, 2013 Painkillers containing the drug hydrocodone have provided relief to many in pain. But a panel recommended the federal government place restrictions on access to the drugs to lessen the odds of addiction.
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Sharon Elliott-Bynum is the co-founder of Caare.
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August 8, 2012 Caare, a grassroots organization that promotes a comprehensive approach to health, runs a food bank, provides substance abuse counseling and various activities — from yoga to zumba — all free of charge.
The 1811 Eastlake apartment building in Seattle houses homeless alcoholics without requiring them to stop drinking.
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January 23, 2012 Homeless people may stand a better chance of improving their health when offered a permanent place to live without a requirement for sobriety, the results from a Seattle center suggest.
November 20, 2011 Teen musicians whose lives have been changed by substance abuse get a chance to tell their stories through song. Winning numbers become part of a campaign against drugs. The songwriters get to go backstage for a rehearsal of the 2012 Grammy awards.
November 18, 2011 Do children with high IQs grow up to be drug abusers? That was the startling headline on a new research study. But lack of parental supervision and untreated mental health problems are far more likely to be issues, and those are things that parents can fix.
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