Intentional Drug Overdoses; Social Media Suicide Lawsuit; Marijuana & Schizophrenia – MedPage Today

Although intentional drug overdose deaths have dropped off over the past few years in the U.S., increases were seen for certain groups, including young people (ages 15-24), older people (ages 75-84), and Black women. (American Journal of Psychiatry)

A mother in Connecticut filed a lawsuit against Meta and Snap, alleging that her 11-year-old daughter’s addiction to Instagram and Snapchat contributed to severe anxiety prior to her death by suicide. (Hartford Courant)

Psychiatrist Alan A. Stone, MD, best known for pioneering ethics in the field of psychiatry, including by helping to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders, passed away from laryngeal cancer at the age of 92. (New York Times)

Authors of a new special communication in JAMA Psychiatry explained why “deaths of despair” are spiking in the U.S. — but not other developed nations.

A new systematic review of adolescents found that both high- and low-frequency marijuana use were tied to a significantly increased risk for schizophrenia. (Journal of Clinical Psychology)

Not surprisingly, pregnant women in the U.K. saw spikes in both depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new study also found that new moms with these depressive symptoms felt less attached to their new babies. (BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth)

Native American tribes — who have disproportionately high rates of addiction — reached a tentative $590 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson over the opioid epidemic. (New York Times)

The first participant was enrolled in Yamo Pharmaceuticals’ phase II study of its investigational tyrosine hydroxylase inhibitor, L1-79, for autism spectrum disorder.

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    Kristen Monaco is a staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.

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