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Heroin, fentanyl overdose deaths increase at alarming rate

December 9, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that overdose deaths from illicit opioids continue to increase at a faster rate than deaths from prescription opioids.

Settlement over prescribing practices puts spotlight on buprenorphine clinics

December 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A well-regarded chain of buprenorphine treatment operations has agreed to pay a civil settlement in a case that in part speaks to concerns about the mix of services in medication-assisted treatment facilities.

Transformed thinking gives rise to center of excellence in addiction medicine

November 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In establishing unified addiction services that earned a first-ever recognition this month, the Center for Addiction Science in Tennessee showed how patients can flourish when they receive care in a humane manner.

Midlevel practitioners will soon prescribe buprenorphine

November 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

Surgeon General's report on drugs uses compassionate, consumer-friendly language

November 21, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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In taking a consumer-accessible approach in his groundbreaking report on alcohol and drugs, the U.S. Surgeon General has created a document that could become the go-to information guide for families seeking help.

Health home model allows OTPs to cast a wider net

November 15, 2016  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
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Not only does the promising new health-home model require extra work in care coordination, it also requires a change in the way clinicians are thinking about care delivery.

College study examines link between prescription abuse, sexual assault

October 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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