New and Noteworthy Publications

On this page we will publish abstracts of current addiction medicine related publications.



Update from MSSNY NYSAM delegate

NYSAM's two resolutions were passed by MSSNY House of Delegates at the MSSNY House of Delegates Meeting on April 8-10, 2011. The two resolutions introduced by NYSAM, a section of MSSNY, passed. One resolution asked that MSSNY support the 911 Good Samaritan law that would provide immunity from arrest, charge,prosecution and conviction for drug and drug paraphernalia possession and for certain alcohol related offenses for individuals or victims of heath related emergency which results due to consumption or use of a controlled substance or use of a controlled substance or alcohol and who have contacted 911 in good faith to receive emergency medical treatment for themselves or another individual. This bill passed the assembly last year but not the Senate With MSSNY HOD passing this, MSSNY lobbyists will now assist NYSAM in promoting this bill.

The second resolution reaffirmed MSSNY's commitment to work with the NYS Department of Health to reduce overdose deaths and expand Naloxone programs. Dr. Jun David, NYSAM's delegate to MSSNY introduced these resolutions and Dr. Norman Wetterau, the MSSNY delegate from NYSAFP joined Jun and others in arguing for these resolutions.

We also argued against and helped a resolution calling for drug legalization. Finally, there was a resolution on lowering the drinking age since age 21 did not work. Due to our testimony, the resolution was not passed and was referred to the Council and MSSNY addiction committee to look at the whole issue of ways to reduce underage drinking. MSSNY as a report call Youth at Risk which outlines various suggestions.


"A Single-Question Screening Test for Drug Use in Primary Care" Smith, P. C, et. al. Arch Intern Med

“A Single-Question Screening Test for Drug Use in Primary Care”  Smith, P. C, et. al.  Arch Intern Med, Vol. 170 (13), 1155-1160, 2010.  This study of 286 primary care outpatients demonstrated that a single question, “How many times in the past year have you used an illegal drug or used a prescription medication for non medical reasons,” performed well in identifying drug use in primary care patients.