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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.

Report from Surgeon General raises concern over youth e-cig use

December 8, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said today that significant growth in young people's use of electronic cigarettes represents a serious public health threat.

Process to certify physicians in addiction medicine subspecialty will commence in 2017

December 5, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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An examination that will be used to certify physicians from a wide variety of specialties in addiction medicine should be ready for implementation next fall, organizations announced last week.

Provider, pageant team up on school-based prevention

November 9, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Under a collaboration with Advanced Recovery Systems, the Miss Florida pageant winner will visit schools in the state to deliver prevention messages grounded in an evidence-based curriculum.

Opioid crisis gives rise to new caregivers who need assistance

September 15, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A newly released report from Generations United stresses the importance of serving the needs of relatives who are assuming parental responsibilities because of a parent's substance abuse.

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.

An entire staff must be equipped to manage patient conflict

August 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Aggression control techniques in substance use treatment programs must involve all staff members and should emphasize environment-of-care variables, says a professional trainer.

Study: Marijuana use predicts significant problems in school

June 15, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A RAND study identified an array of problems for youths who use both marijuana and alcohol in middle and high school, but concluded that marijuana use predicted problems across more areas of functioning.

Kentucky nonprofit schedules basketball camps for youth

June 10, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Operation UNITE, a drug-fighting nonprofit established by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, will hold five free youth basketball camps in Kentucky this month.

Predictors of death in opioid overdose cases come into focus

June 7, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by Geisinger Health System finds that a history of addiction, mental illness and having other chronic diseases are among the strongest predictors of which overdose patients face the greatest risk of death or other serious complications.

New coalition highlights busy day on opioid-fighting front

May 20, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The newly formed Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose vows to build on legislative momentum for initiatives that include expanded access to medication-assisted treatment.

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