Disputed ethical and policy issues became top-of-mind items among Addiction Professional's readers in 2014. An analysis of our most widely read online articles via diverse media channels finds that topics such as questionable business practices and the bitter marijuana policy debate dominated the top of the list.
Our most widely read article of 2014 addressed Utah-based Cirque Lodge's decision to go public with its concerns about Internet marketing practices that divert unsuspecting consumers to other organizations' facilities. Another article in the ethics realm, covering Florida officials' warning to addiction treatment facilities about patient brokering practices, placed at number 10 on the 10 most viewed articles list for the year.
Marijuana policy grabbed spots 3, 5, 6 and 7 on 2014's top 10, with three of those four involving installments of a series urging addiction professionals to become active in the effort to turn back attempts at marijuana legalization. Article #6 offered Colorado treatment professional Marvin Ventrell's compelling perspective on his state's legalization measure.
The other articles in 2014's top 10 were:
An examination of how a Florida investigation into sober home and primary treatment operations in the state might unfold (#2).
An exclusive look at an entrepreneur's decision to launch a $200 million investment to establish a science-based chain of treatment centers along the East Coast (#4).
Treatment CEO Johnny Patout's tips to assist clinicians in working with adolescent patients (#8).
Pavillon's experiences in converting its North Carolina treatment facility to a tobacco-free campus (#9).