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College study examines link between prescription abuse, sexual assault

October 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research suggests that some prescription drugs have effects similar to alcohol in exacerbating risk of negative sexual events on college campuses.

Methadone remains vital in buprenorphine era

October 20, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Opioid treatment leaders see the two main medication treatments for opioid use disorders as complementary options.

Field applies knowledge around treating pregnant women to outpatient care

October 11, 2016  |  Rebecca Flood
The treatment community must embrace truly family-centered care in order to meet the needs of pregnant and postpartum women.

Agency's understanding of community's substance use needs enhanced by student surveying

October 7, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Data gained through a partnership with Rutgers University will help a New Brunswick, N.J., human services agency make the case for grant funding for comprehensive services.

Portman, Ayotte among members of Congress recognized by opioid coalition

September 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte, both facing high-profile re-election challenges this fall, are among eight members of Congress recognized this week for efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Younger adult overdoses on the rise in Virginia

September 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Adults ages 25 to 44 accounted for more than half of all drug overdose-related deaths in Virginia from 2007 to 2014, according to research published this week.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

September 10, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A physician presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders endorsed much wider access to both methadone and buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Thursday collected data on misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in 2015 and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

ONDCP announces coalition grants, makes pitch for treatment money

September 6, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
In announcing the latest round of funding under the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) called attention to a treatment funding request that Congress has not approved.

Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Predictive testing to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of opioids and other medications appears to have wide applicability in many sectors of healthcare.

FDA mandates warnings, education on use of opioids with benzodiazepines

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Based partly on findings of increases in overdoses from concurrent prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring boxed warnings and patient guides for nearly 400 individual drugs.

Tone of Tennessee discussion of pregnant drug-using women changes dramatically

August 26, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
With a controversial measure to prosecute some Tennessee mothers having expired, discussion in the state suddenly has turned to the need for more funding support for treatment of pregnant women.


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