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Younger adult overdoses on the rise in Virginia

September 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Adults ages 25 to 44 accounted for more than half of all drug overdose-related deaths in Virginia from 2007 to 2014, according to research published this week.

Alkermes establishes grant program for nonprofits

September 16, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The maker of injectable naltrexone has announced an initiative in which nonprofit organizations may apply for funding to improve addiction and mental health systems of care.

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.

ASAM releases patient guide to opioid addiction treatment

September 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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
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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
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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.

Acupuncture helps keep patients in treatment

August 20, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s 5-point ear acupuncture protocol is not a standalone replacement for other forms of addiction treatment, but when used in conjunction with those programs, it can increase their effectiveness.

Government retains marijuana's Schedule I classification

August 11, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Today's announcement by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did include an indication that federally sanctioned marijuana research opportunities could expand.

Researchers to launch human testing of anti-cocaine vaccine

August 9, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Researchers at two New York institutions are recruiting active cocaine users for Phase I testing of an anti-cocaine vaccine that has shown promise in animal research.

Significant prevalence of gabapentin misuse seen in pain patients

August 5, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data presented this week at a national scientific meeting indicate that a significant number of prescription opioid users are misusing the anti-seizure medication gabapentin.

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.