ISAP in the News (2007)

Compiled by UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations.

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Controversy around Prometa Treatment

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and associate director of ISAP, was quoted in the Dec. 9 Las Vegas Sun about using the drug Prometa to combat methamphetamine addiction.

“Is this Meth Treatment Too Good to be True?”
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2007/dec/09/566630600.html?rawson


Dr. Walter Ling, professor of psychiatry and director of ISAP, commented Dec. 30, 2007, in the Ventura County Star on a drug cocktail reputed to curb the cravings of patients addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

“Pricey Drug Combination Therapy has Critics”
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/dec/30/pricey-drug-combination-therapy-has-critics/

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Drug Addiction of Football Coach’s Sons

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and associate director of ISAP, was quoted in a Nov. 2 Los Angeles Times story about the drug addiction of the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach’s two sons.

 “Eagles' Reid has Hard Choice Ahead”
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nflcol2nov02,1,6227072.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

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Anti-Methamphetamine Ad Campaign

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and associate director of ISAP, was quoted in the Oct. 30 Kansas City Star about an anti-methamphetamine advertising campaign.

“Anti-Meth Campaign from Montana has Kansas Interested and Maybe Missouri”
http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/340096.html

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Recovery from Meth

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in the Semel Institute, was quoted in the Sept. 27 Hanford Sentinel on recovery rates of persons addicted to methamphetamine.

“Recovery from Meth Use a Long Road”
http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/articles/2007/09/25/news/doc46f94efc05559931543307.txt

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Meth and Adolescents

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry and associate director of ISAP, was quoted Sept. 27 in an EFE newswire article that appeared in Yahoo’s Telemundo Noticias about methamphetamine use among adolescents.

“Adolescentes ven Poco Riesgo en uso de Metanfetaminas, Revela Encuesta”
http://espanol.news.yahoo.com/s/20092007/54/eeuu-adolescentes-ven-riesgo-metanfetaminas-revela-encuesta.html
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Overcoming Meth Addiction

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and associate director of ISAP, was quoted Sept. 9 in The Telegraph (Macon, GA) about the difficulties of overcoming an addiction to methamphetamine.

“Addicts Quitting Meth Face Severe Withdrawals, Few Treatment Options”
http://www.macon.com/198/story/132125.html

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The Toll of Meth

Dr. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and associate director of ISAP, was quoted Aug. 28 in a North County Times (San Diego) article about the scientific explanation of the effects of methamphetamine.

“The Toll of Meth”
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/08/26/news/top_stories/21_17_038_25_07.txt

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Methamphetamine and Violence

Walter Ling, professor of psychiatry and director of ISAP, commented Aug. 3 in the Hartford Courant on the connection between methamphetamine and violence in the murder of a Connecticut family during a home-invasion robbery.

“2 Men Mixed Drugs, Parole”
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-parolefiles0803.artaug03%2C0%2C4358949.story

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Marijuana and Risk of Psychotic Illness

Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry and associate director of ISAP, was quoted in the Aug. 7 Sacramento Bee about the increased risk of violent behavior among methamphetamine users.

“Growing Meth Use Leaves Trail of Disaster”
http://www.sacbee.com/crime/story/312228.html

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Overcoming Bridge Phobia

Suzette Glasner-Edwards, a clinical psychologist and researcher with ISAP, was quoted in an Aug. 3 segment on KABC—Ch. 7 about overcoming a fear of crossing bridges.

“Overcoming Bridge Phobia”
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=health&id=5538315

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Marijuana and Psychotic Disorders

Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute and associate director of UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, commented July 27 in the New Scientist and Los Angeles Times about a study linking regular marijuana use to an increased risk for psychotic illness. The Times report also appeared in the Contra Costa Times. He also addressed the study July 20 on KPCC 89.3FM’s “AirTalk.”

“Cannabis Use Increases Risk of Psychotic Illness”
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn12363-cannabis-use-increases-risk-of-psychotic-illness.html

“Pot Smoking Linked to Psychotic Disorders”
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-marijuana27jul27,1,666022.story

“Does Pot Smoking Lead to Psychotic Disorders?”
http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/index.shtml

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Proposition 36 (Prop. 36)

A study by UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs was cited April 24 in a Los Angeles Times editorial about California’s Proposition 36, which is designed to give certain drug offenders a treatment-based alternative to prison time.

“Fully Fund Prop. 36”
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-prop3624apr24,1,2780317.story

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LA Times, AP, KPCC Investigate Impact of Prop. 36

A recent UCLA report on California ’s Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, also known as Proposition 36, was featured April 14 by the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and United Press International, and April 16 by KPCC 89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” show. Angela Hawken, an analyst with the Semel Institute’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, commented in the UPI and Times articles. ISAP researcher Darren Urada appeared on KPCC.

“Drug Use Rearrests Up After Prop. 36”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-drug14apr14,1,1682014.story

“UCLA Study: Calif. Drug Treatment Program Is Flawed”
http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_5575319

“Prop. 36”
http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/index.shtml

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Associated Press Scrutinizes Drug Treatment for Criminals

Angela Hawken, economist and policy analyst at UCLA ISAP and a lead analyst on ISAP's Prop. 36 cost-effectiveness study, is quoted in an April 1 Associated Press article about the study and the effectiveness of drug treatment programs for criminal offenders in California.

“UCLA Study: Calif. Drug Treatment Program Is Flawed”
San Francisco Chronicle:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/04/01/state/n020346D57.DTL&type=politics

“Users kicking Prop. 36, not drugs”
Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prop361apr01,1,7058274.story

A letter to the editor by Angela Hawken in response to the Los Angeles Times article can be found at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-thursday5.2apr05,1,2158369.story

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JAMA on Meth’s Effects on the Brain

Edythe London, a professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was quoted in the April 4 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association on how methamphetamine leads to functional loss in the brain regions that control emotion.

“Brain Scans, Genes Provide Addiction Clues”
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/297/13/1419

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KPCC on Kicking Meth Addiction

Richard "Rick" Rawson, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and associate director of its Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, was quoted April 2 on KPCC 89.3 about the difficulties of kicking an addiction to methamphetamine.

“Meth Survivor Tells Her Story”
http://www.scpr.org/

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HBO Examines Addiction and Relapse

Richard Rawson, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and an associate director of its Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, appears in the online version of HBO’s “Addiction” program. He addresses why drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, how relapse is part of the disorder and how repeated drug use compromises the brain.

"Understanding Relapse"
http://www.hbo.com/addiction/thefilm/supplemental/6213_understanding_relapse.html

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Congressional Quarterly Researcher on Prison Health Care

ISAP Associate Director M. Douglas Anglin, Principal Investigators Michael Prendergast, William Burdon, and David Farabee, and researchers Betsy Hall and Jerry Cartier were quoted in the Jan. 5 issue (Vol 17, No. 1) of the CQ Researcher on substance abuse treatment in the criminal justice system.
http://www.cqresearcher.com

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LA Times on Death of Anna Nicole Smith and Methadone

Rick Rawson, associate director of UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, was quoted in the Feb. 26 Los Angeles Times on the dangers associated with prescribing methadone for pain.

“Methadone Emerges as New Killer”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-methadone26feb26,0,6317959.story?track=ntothtml

Dr. Richard Rawson, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, was quoted in a Feb. 16 Los Angeles Times article about the use of methadone.

“Board Probes L.A. Doctor’s Reported Links to Anna Nicole”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-doctor16feb16,1,2707671.story

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PBS Frontline: “The Meth Epidemic”

Richard Rawson, associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the Semel Institute, and Dr. Marc Riedl, assistant professor of clinical immunology and allergy, commented Jan. 23, 2007, in a PBS Frontline story on the methamphetamine epidemic.

“The Meth Epidemic”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/

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LA Times on Conquering Addiction

Richard Rawson, associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, was quoted in a Jan. 8, 2007, Los Angeles Times story on conquering addiction.

“This Year, a Plan for Sobriety”
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-addiction8jan08,1,5896352,full.story?coll=la-headlines-health

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Betty Ford’s Contributions to the Substance Abuse Field

Dr. Thomas Newton, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, appeared Jan. 4, 2007, on KPCC‑89.3’s AirTalk to discuss former first lady Betty Ford’s contributions to the field of substance abuse.

“Betty Ford’s Life and Legacy”
http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/index.shtml

Rick Rawson, associate director of UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program, commented Dec. 29, 2006, in an Associated Press story on how former first lady Betty Ford’s candor about her abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol lessened some of the stigma associated with addition. The piece also appeared online at Forbes, Fox News, the Charlotte Observer (NC) and the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

“Mrs. Ford Now on Her Own”
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/12/28/ap3286222.html


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