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Medical groups praise new federal law highlighting opioid exposure in pregnancy

November 30, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The federal Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 was signed into law last week, calling for better coordination of efforts to prevent and treat the effects of maternal drug use.

Upcoming ruling on smokeless tobacco will offer window to government's view

November 25, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
As the debate on the effects of electronic cigarettes rages on, a less-publicized discussion of whether smokeless tobacco offers a safer alternative to conventional smoking merits watching.

Police agencies continue to join Gloucester treatment-focused initiative

November 24, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The police department in Cooperstown, N.Y., has become the latest law enforcement agency to prioritize treatment efforts in the response to the opioid crisis, as part of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative.

Federal grant program will encourage use of technology to improve treatment

November 23, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Targeted Capacity Expansion grant program will facilitate use of electronic communication to improve substance use disorder treatment.

Should a clinician attend a patient's funeral?

November 20, 2015  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Conflicting emotions surrounding patient deaths often manifest in uncertainty about whether a counselor should attend services for a patient.

A hard reality: Some patients will die

November 19, 2015  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Do addiction treatment programs do enough to acknowledge their clinicians' feelings of loss when a patient dies? Alison Knopf looks at a complex topic that affects every treatment professional.

Nasal-spray version of overdose reversal drug wins FDA approval

November 19, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A nasal-spray formulation of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone should now be available to first responders and the public by early 2016.

AMA addresses naloxone, drug ads in policy statements

November 17, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this week has adopted several new policies, including one to encourage the development of over-the-counter formulations of naloxone.

Drug monitoring programs, naloxone among focus areas of public health report

November 17, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A group of experts that convened last year to address the prescription opioid crisis has formally issued recommendations that include mandated use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) by providers.

Staff members prominent in Cumberland Heights advertising campaign

November 16, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Nashville treatment center's "Recover Life" campaign opens with staff members highlighting their long-term recovery.


The male as perpetrator

November 18, 2015     Dan Griffin
Many men have internalized a perpetrator image of males and do not consider themselves worthy of compassion or healing.

A lesson in brain science for the family

November 2, 2015     Roland Reeves, MD
Exasperated family members and patients deserve accurate answers when they ask, "Why can't they just stop?"

Media attention prompts NAATP to emphasize stance on MAT

October 26, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The stepped-up attention nationally to the opioid crisis has the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) urging that the field "get it right" with integrated treatment approaches that include medications.

Stamping out stigma: Rosecrance overcomes attacks from neighbors

October 21, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A contentious zoning approval process in Chicago ended well for Rosecrance Health Network, not long after its hopes might have appeared bleak.