Visit Inside Addiction each week to read summaries of timely stories related to drug use, addiction and mental health disorders. Here are the top news headlines for the week of July 27, 2018.

80 Percent of Teen Girls Experience a Mental Illness After Sexual Assault

A recent study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health found that 4 out of 5 teen girls who experienced a sexual assault deal with at least one mental health disorder afterward. Four to five months after being assaulted, victims experienced anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or other psychological disorders. These individuals were disproportionately from low-income families. [The Guardian]

Demi Lovato Rushed to Hospital After Drug Overdose

On July 24, singer and actress Demi Lovato experienced a drug overdose. Paramedics found Lovato unconscious and immediately administered Narcan, an antidote used to treat opioid overdoses. Her family released a statement later that evening saying that the singer was awake, alert and recovering with her loved ones. In the past, Lovato had spoken candidly about her mental health and substance use problems in her music and in a YouTube documentary about her path to sobriety. Her overdose has sparked dialogue nationwide about the realities of addiction. [CNN]

Teen Siblings Create App to Aid People with Depression

A teen experiencing depression collaborated with her younger brother to create the notOK App, a smartphone application that allows people with anxiety or depression to reach out to family, friends and others in times of need. When distressed, individuals can press a button on the app to send a message to loved ones that says, “Hey, I’m not okay. Please call me, text me, or come find me.” [ABC News]

Most Children Exposed to Addictive Drug Were Younger than Six

Using data collected from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that more than 11,200 children and adolescents were exposed to the opioid medication buprenorphine from 2007 to 2016. Among these individuals, 86 percent were children under six years-old and 89 percent of exposures were unintentional. The drug’s exposure rate among children and teens rose by 215.6 percent from 2007 to 2010. [CNN]

Community College in Illinois Starts Support Group for Students with Anxiety

Elgin Community College in Illinois created a support group for students who struggle with anxiety problems. The program is composed of free individual and group counseling sessions, seminars, crisis intervention, light therapy, classroom presentations and referral options. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems among college students today. [The Daily Herald]

Opioid Addiction Is Keeping Many People Out of Workforce, Fed Chairman Says

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the opioid epidemic is affecting the economy. According to Powell, a high percentage of working-age Americans who do not have a job use painkillers. Many of these individuals are men. From June 2008 to June 2018, the number of people not in the labor force increased from 79.3 million to 95.5 million, a rise of more than 20 percent. [CNBC]

Depression More Common in Pregnant Women Today Than in Previous Generations

A recent study published in the journal JAMA Network Open found that millennial women are more likely than their mothers’ generation to experience depression during pregnancy. In the report, 17 percent of first-generation women dealt with high depressive symptoms while pregnant compared with 25 percent of second-generation pregnant women. Researchers opine that many pregnant millennial women experience depression because women their age are not having children at high rates. [Chicago Tribune]

Dennis Quaid Opens Up About Past Cocaine Addiction

On the talk show “Megyn Kelly TODAY”, actor Dennis Quaid talked about his past struggles with cocaine use. He said that cocaine use was widespread and even glamorized by many people in the 1960s and 1970s. As an actor in the 1980s, he used the stimulant daily and eventually developed a substance use disorder. In 1990, Quaid entered rehab. He is now in recovery. [People]

Mental Illness Most Common Diagnosis Among Service Members Before Leaving Military

Many people in the military experience a mental health disorder, like PTSD, just prior to leaving the armed forces, according to a study by the Pentagon. The report indicated that service members are rarely diagnosed with a psychological disorder to begin their service, but they often leave the military grappling with a mental illness. Researchers attribute the increase in mental problems among departing service members to the military’s unique stressors, including frequent moves, combat deployments and time away from family. [Stars and Stripes]

Liver Disease Caused By Alcoholism Is Killing More Young Americans, Study Finds

The number of people ages 25 to 34 who died from the liver disorder cirrhosis increased by 10.5 percent from 2009 to 2016, according to a study published in the journal BMJ. The increase in deaths was driven entirely by alcohol-related liver disease. The study’s lead researcher believes that economic problems in the United States resulted in more Americans using alcohol to numb their psychological pain, which increased the prevalence of liver disorders. [PhillyVoice]

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