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Treatment center operator, Florida corrections department tangle again

November 10, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The Florida Department of Corrections and Bridges of America are once again at odds, this time over the department's plan to shift services away from community-based transition centers and expand in-prison treatment.

Progress reports on marijuana legalization draw opposing conclusions

November 3, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
How is state legalization of recreational marijuana playing out? The Drug Policy Alliance says "so far, so good," while Project SAM replies "not so fast."

Co-founder of opioid recovery initiative fired from police chief post

October 4, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leonard Campanello, the Gloucester, Mass., police chief who has gained national acclaim for efforts to alter law enforcement's response to the opioid crisis, has been fired amid a probe into his personal conduct.

Law enforcement's treatment-focused initiative brings on director

August 30, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Allie Hunter McDade has been hired as the first full-time executive director of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, which now involves the participation of more than 150 local police departments across the country.

Treatment behind the walls: States gather to share information

August 4, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
State correctional systems are gradually coming to realize that they can implement successful in-prison treatment programs with medication treatments at the center.

Outstanding Clinical Care Award: UCSD Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Program

July 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A University of California, San Diego treatment program that specializes in serving those who have had previous unsuccessful treatment experiences is a recipient of a 2016 Outstanding Clinical Care Award.

Police effort to refer addicts to treatment will lean on community volunteers

June 24, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Volunteer "Angels" will be instrumental in the success of a partnership to refer opioid users in a New Jersey township to treatment, local organizers say.

Florida Dept. of Corrections, offender re-entry center reach agreement

May 12, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The Bridges of America re-entry program in Broward County will refer clients to another Bridges facility, allowing the DOC to move ahead with plans to repurpose the center’s space.

Offender re-entry center in Florida facing closure

May 11, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Despite harsh criticism for its plan, the Florida Department of Corrections intends to convert a community transition facility into office space, pledging to find treatment options for affected inmates elsewhere.

More than 100 police departments now involved in addiction initiative

May 11, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A national initiative to establish a treatment-focused response to the drug crisis by local police departments now encompasses 106 departments in nearly half of the states.

Report: Medications can be comfortably integrated into drug court programs

April 20, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A report from the Legal Action Center uses the example of New York state drug courts to conclude that medication-assisted treatment can be successfully implemented in such settings.

Kratom use poses significant dangers

April 5, 2016  |  Frank L. Greenagel, Jr., MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Use of a drug resembling opiates could increase, absent federal government action on a full-scale ban.


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