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Methadone remains vital in buprenorphine era

October 20, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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
Exposing both patients and staff to the benefits of acupuncture can promote healthy coping.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

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

ASAM releases patient guide to opioid addiction treatment

September 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Assessment, treatment planning and medical interventions are addressed in the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM's) opioid treatment guide for patients and families.

Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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
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.

Data on concurrent use of heroin, benzodiazepines alarm researchers

August 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Quest Diagnostics trends report has found that among patients who used heroin, nearly one in three also were using benzodiazepines, in a highly dangerous combination.

A malpractice case holds lessons for opioid addiction treatment

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

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

June 28, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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.

Orange County facility establishes women's detox program

June 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders at Casa Capri Recovery say the opioid crisis has driven their decision to open a six-bed women-only detox facility.

Understand the mindset of the recovering health professional

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


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