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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.

Name change for Marworth reflects ties to health system

September 8, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The rebranding effort of the Geisinger Health System has led to Marworth Treatment Center being renamed Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center.

Feds announce more opioid-focused initiatives, including hike in buprenorphine cap to 275

July 6, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A final rule that will take effect in early August will increase the number of patients an individual physician can treat with buprenorphine from 100 to 275, federal officials announced on Tuesday.

Buprenorphine models must be re-examined

June 27, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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One-third of waivered physicians aren’t treating any patients with buprenorphine, so there is clearly ample opportunity to increase capacity, according to Bradley Stein, speaking at the Addiction Professional Summit in Pittsburgh.

Understand the mindset of the recovering health professional

June 14, 2016  |  Joseph Garbely, DO, and Greg Gable, PsyD
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Leaders at Caron Treatment Centers say health professionals' recovery success requires an exploration of their emotional side.

Advocates push on despite Missouri's lackluster response to opioid crisis

May 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery is finding a warmer reception for its agenda in the St. Louis area than it is among state legislators.

Grant will expand local training of health professionals in MAT

May 20, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A $3 million federal grant will fund the expansion of the opioid treatment-focused Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment initiative.

A one-question screen may be all that physicians need

April 15, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) indicates that primary care physicians can effectively identify alcohol use problems via a one-question screen.

Physician presence will gain boost with addiction medicine's recognition as subspecialty

March 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Any physician certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties will soon be able to pursue a subspecialty designation in addiction medicine, which should elevate the discipline's standing with physicians and the public.

CDC finalizes guideline aimed at limiting opioids for chronic pain

March 16, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week formally released its voluntary guideline concerning most prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. Some physician groups remain concerned about the document's potential effects.

Can addiction specialists unite on buprenorphine prescribing limits?

January 25, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) would like to build consensus on buprenorphine prescribing revisions that would encourage more prescribers but also protect patient interests.

A voluntary guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain spurs intense interest

January 18, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been inundated with comments on an entirely voluntary guideline designed to minimize risk associated with prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.

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