SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University

October 11, 2007 09:41 ET

CASACONFERENCE(SM) to Explore the Link Between Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders in Youth

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA*) at Columbia University will hold a timely CASACONFERENCE(SM) -- "Double Jeopardy: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders in Young People" -- to explore the physiological and environmental connections between substance abuse and mental health disorders; the role of gender in the co-occurrence of substance abuse and mental health problems; and how society can deal with the effects of untreated co-occurrence. It will also probe whether kids who smoke marijuana have a greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders; whether having a conduct disorder places a child at higher risk for substance abuse and vice versa; if a family history of psychiatric illness puts a child at higher risk for substance abuse; and whether antisocial behavioral disorders are more common among kids who abuse alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drugs.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th at The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Conference Center, 633 Third Avenue, 18th floor, New York City. The goal is to spark suggestions for practitioners, healthcare providers and communities to combat this massive and pervasive problem with staggering financial and emotional costs to families, children and our nation.

CASA will once again bring together the nation's leading experts and journalists in this field. Delivering keynote addresses will be Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Nora D. Volkow, M.D. and Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Terry Cline, PhD. Four panel discussions, moderated by leading television journalists, will be conducted during the day: "Born to be Hooked? Neurological, Genetic and Environmental Factors;" "The Big Three: Alcohol, Marijuana and Tobacco;" "Jack and Jill: The Role of Gender;" and "Paying the Piper: The High Cost of Failure to Act."

Panel moderators are: NBC's Chief Medical Correspondent Robert Bazell, WNBC TV's Education Reporter Carol Anne Riddell, CBS News' National Correspondent Tracy Smith and CNN's Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

Media coverage invited. Journalists should contact Lauren Duran or Sulaiman Beg to confirm attendance.

WHAT:        CASACONFERENCE -- "Double Jeopardy: Substance Abuse and
             Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders in Young People"

WHEN:        8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2007

WHERE:       The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Conference Center, 633 Third
             Avenue, 18th floor, Manhattan.

WHO:         Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of NIDA, Terry Cline, PhD,
             Administrator, SAMHSA , nationally recognized journalists and
             panelists representing the most influential voices on
             substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders in
             young people.

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