Addiction and Substance Abuse

Legalizing Medical Marijuana – Is Recreational Use Next?

Dr. Yifrah Kaminer is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UConn Health who focuses on adolescent high-risk behaviors. He is a prolific author and renowned researcher on youth substance use disorders, and is frequently asked to speak on the topic to school and community groups. UConn Today asked Kaminer about the impact of marijuana on adolescents, and his views on legalization.

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Alcohol Research Center Battles Addiction with Science

The University of Connecticut Alcohol Research Center achieved a milestone recently when the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism renewed the center’s funding for another five years. Founded in 1978, the Center was already the longest-funded center, both at UConn and within the NIH/NIAAA structure. The new grant funds the ARC through late 2017, when it will mark its 40th anniversary. Longevity isn’t the ARC’s sole claim to fame, however. Its research into the causes and treatment of alcohol disorders has led to groundbreaking advances and a worldwide reputation.

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