Quality group disappointed by plans’ behavioral health performance

October 22, 2014     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
NCQA's 2014 quality report shows health plans are slipping in their care of those with mental health and substance abuse disorder. The group plans to track new data next year.

Tobacco exacts heavy toll on Californians, with most prominent effect on men

October 22, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Data from 2009 indicate that tobacco use is responsible for more than one in seven deaths in California, outpacing deaths from diabetes, influenza and numerous other health causes.

As targeted Fla. sober home closes, attention shifts to legislation, regulation

October 22, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An ongoing investigation of Florida recovery residences and addiction treatment organizations could be paving the way for a number of potential legislative and regulatory actions.

Grantees will probe social media's influence on substance use patterns

October 21, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An initiative funded by three National Institutes of Health (NIH) entities will explore social media's influence on substance use trends and its potential as a prevention and treatment tool.

The Oxford Centre hires new executive director

October 21, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
In one of his first tasks as executive director of The Oxford Centre, Duke Vinson has initiated a treatment track for patients affected by trauma.

Synthetic marijuana use becomes evident in hospital ER data

October 21, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) documents a doubling of emergency department visits related to synthetic cannabinoids from 2010-2011.

Ineffective chronic pain treatment can lead to addiction

October 17, 2014     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
A majority of patients would be willing to reduce or eliminate their current medications to try an alternative treatment, according to a new study.

Marijuana breathalyzers coming soon to a roadside near you

October 15, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Breathalyzers at the roadside overcome challenges by law enforcement officers who currently struggle to identify cannabis impairment.

New facility opens a marketing decision to the masses

October 15, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Sarah Sacks was uncertain about a logo design for her new facility, so she decided to solicit a world of input from colleagues and total strangers.

Proposed bill could mandate drug testing for college athletes in Ohio

October 14, 2014     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Ohio would be the first state to require testing and set penalties for college athletes caught using illegal substances if the measure passes.


Turnover, inadequate training continue to plague substance use disorder workforce

October 15, 2014     Rebecca Flood
The substance use treatment field needs better recruitment and leadership training in order to nurture the next generation of treatment professionals.

Buyer Be Aware - Advertisements for Intervention Training need to be carefully considered – revisited!

September 22, 2014     David Brown
Too many publicized trainings in intervention take on the character of creating an "interventionist lite."

Challenges abound in the substance use disorder workforce

September 16, 2014     Rebecca Flood
What are the main issues facing the substance use disorder treatment field today? Join the discussion on possible solutions.

'If not me, then who?'

September 3, 2014     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Disappointing accounts of how the military treats substance use issues have convinced Frank Greenagel to serve yet again.