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Researchers quantify benefit of medication intervention in emergency care

February 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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New research suggests that opioid-addicted individuals who receive buprenorphine during an emergency medical visit show better treatment engagement for two months following the intervention.

New Jersey opioid law mandates prescriber discussions with young patients

February 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Advocates believe a newly adopted New Jersey law designed to educate youths and their families about the dangers of opioid addiction could add momentum for other opioid-focused legislation.

ASAM partners on training of NPs, PAs in buprenorphine prescribing

January 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has partnered with associations representing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to offer training courses for these professionals in buprenorphine prescribing.

Five facts about new versions of buprenorphine

January 13, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Injectable and implant versions of buprenorphine are seen as potentially significant breakthroughs in improving medication adherence and reducing diversion.

Specialty provider sees increasingly receptive audience in general medicine for addiction training

January 5, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The medical director at Caron Treatment Centers reports that today's young physicians are much more likely than their predecessors to address patients' substance use concerns head-on.

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.

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.

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.

Opioid treatment program weaves in hepatitis C care, despite payment obstacles

November 7, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The potential of newer drugs to treat the hepatitis C virus has helped drive Rhode Island organization CODAC Inc.'s move to establish an on-site HCV clinic.

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.

A treatment that can break clinician-patient barriers

October 17, 2016  |  David Suomela, DOM, AP
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Exposing both patients and staff to the benefits of acupuncture can promote healthy coping.

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