Patients suffering from severe pain may have difficulty finding a doctor who will adequately prescribe certain medications, according to a story in the Seattle Times on May 21, 2007. Recent state guidelines suggesting a daily limit on opioid doses are intended to address the increased number of deaths related to prescription-type opiates. But the guidelines, along with prosecutions of physicians around the country for overprescribing narcotics, have apparently made some local physicians fearful. While critics say the new guidelines will make it harder for legitimate patients to obtain powerful painkillers, the state calls those fears unwarranted and said it simply wants to safeguard against doctors prescribing too many opioids for too long. [read story in Seattle Times]
Dr. Elaine Thompson, professor in the UW School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, received the Distinguished Research Award at the annual Nursing Recognition Banquet on May 10, 2007. Dr. Thompson's research career is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents, focusing on the prevention of adolescent depression, aggression, substance use, risky behaviors and suicide risk. She is a principal investigator and co-founder of the Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Program, which examines the effects of psychosocial risk and protective factors on adolescent development. She also directs a postdoctoral training program for nurses in substance abuse research.
Mary Larimer, PhD, was elected to the executive board of the Research Society on Alcoholism. She will begin a 2-year term as RSA Secretary in June, 2007. Dr. Larimer is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors at the University of Washington. RSA is the world's leading scientific association in the study of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
These jounal issues were received recently by the ADAI Library (click links for tables of contents).
Addiction Research & Theory15(1) Addictive Behaviors32(6) Drug & Alcohol Dependence88(Suppl 1) and 88(2-3) Journal of Addictions Nursing18(1) Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education51(1) Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs68(3)