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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.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

September 10, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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To treat substance use disorders in veterans and active military personnel effectively, clinicians must first understand the unique facets of the culture in which their patients have lived.

Celebrities among 2016 SAMHSA honorees

August 11, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Voice Awards, presented annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recognize entertainment industry and behavioral health community members who raise awareness for mental health and substance use disorders.

Significant prevalence of gabapentin misuse seen in pain patients

August 5, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data presented this week at a national scientific meeting indicate that a significant number of prescription opioid users are misusing the anti-seizure medication gabapentin.

Treatment behind the walls: States gather to share information

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

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