New AUD Treatment, AD04, Drug Targets Genotypes

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Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has filed a Fast Track application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its lead drug candidate, AD04. The drug is meant to target people with specific genes for whom other alcohol addiction therapies have failed. To take the drugs, a person must be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder.

Why Fast-Track AD04?

Several medication-assisted treatment options exist for alcoholics, but they are not considered to fail-proof or even useful for most people. They also carry a level of stigma that prevents doctors from prescribing them.

In America, treatment for alcohol use disorder often focuses on total abstinence, which many people with alcohol use disorder reject or, for whatever reason, are unable to achieve. While several drugs, including Topomax, have shown to be effective at preventing compulsive drinking, few treatment centers feel comfortable recommending a drug that allows people to continue drinking. (Other drugs make people …

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In England, Soaring Alcohol Abuse During Pandemic

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In England, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) is warning that addiction treatment services might become overwhelmed due to the number of new referrals. Like many places, the coronavirus has caused massive shutdowns and isolation among the population. There have also been layoffs. And there has been a huge uptick in alcohol abuse among a weary and isolated population.

When people feel desperate, or despair, they may turn to using alcohol or other substances. The RSP says that “soaring” alcohol use is a threat to public health.

Why the escalating alcohol use? For one thing, alcohol is one of the few addictions where you can abuse without stigma. It’s usually easy to get ahold of, too. In England, numbers have shown that in June, at least 8.4 million people self-reported abusing alcohol to some degree.

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Alcohol in the High Tech Workplace

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In the past two decades, most corporations have established a culture that discourages the use of alcohol on the job.

According to Bloomberg News, many high tech companies are bucking this trend by relaxing the no-alcohol rule and providing employees with free booze during working hours.…

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Prescription Drugs Played a Role in Death of Whitney Houston

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The epidemic of abusing prescription drugs is most likely involved in claiming another life now that Whitney Houston has died on February 11, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

A talented singer and actress, she was beloved by millions, but still, with all of her fame and money, she wasn’t able to get the help she needed to avoid a tragic end.

Her death was not a stunning event considering her public troubles with abusing drugs over the years. But at the same time, many were in shock when they heard the news. Although a tragic loss to her family, friends and many fans, hopefully the the notoriety of her passing will help bring more light to the issue of prescription drug abuse.…

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