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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.

App from SAMHSA guides medication treatment for opioid dependence

December 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The new MATx app is designed to share treatment strategies and other resources for the use of medications to treat opioid use disorders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania designates centers to coordinate publicly funded treatment for opioid dependence

July 18, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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State officials in Pennsylvania believe a "hub-and-spoke" model emphasizing coordinated care and medication-assisted treatment will improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorders.

A malpractice case holds lessons for opioid addiction treatment

July 15, 2016  |  Luis Giuffra, MD, PhD
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The medical director of St. Louis-based Clayton Behavioral says more treatment providers need to embrace the evidence supporting medication treatments such as buprenorphine.

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.

Report: States missing the mark on protecting public from opioid overdose

June 28, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The National Safety Council states in a new report that only four states meet five of six indicators of progress in combating the opioid overdose crisis, with no states meeting all six criteria.

Buprenorphine implant shows positive results in newly released data

June 17, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The recently approved six-month buprenorphine implant Probuphine showed greater efficacy than sublingual buprenorphine in data released this week.

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