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Portman, Ayotte among members of Congress recognized by opioid coalition

September 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte, both facing high-profile re-election challenges this fall, are among eight members of Congress recognized this week for efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

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.

ONDCP announces coalition grants, makes pitch for treatment money

September 6, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In announcing the latest round of funding under the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) called attention to a treatment funding request that Congress has not approved.

Tone of Tennessee discussion of pregnant drug-using women changes dramatically

August 26, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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With a controversial measure to prosecute some Tennessee mothers having expired, discussion in the state suddenly has turned to the need for more funding support for treatment of pregnant women.

Marijuana debate remains a false dichotomy

August 20, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The two sides of the legalization debate create a false dichotomy in which the only two options are legal marijuana use or incarceration for use or possession. In reality, there are other options.

Celebrities among 2016 SAMHSA honorees

August 11, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Voice Awards, presented annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recognize entertainment industry and behavioral health community members who raise awareness for mental health and substance use disorders.

Colo. advocates will press on despite failed effort at controls on legal marijuana

July 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Colorado voters will not be able to consider an initiative designed to place some controls on the legal marijuana industry, but supporters of such restrictions will continue to speak out.

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.

Women in leadership coalesce, vow to combat barriers to opioid treatment

June 30, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Female Opioid-addiction Research and Clinical Experts (FORCE) vows to move aggressively against laws and policies that stigmatize addicts and interfere with wider use of evidence-based treatment.

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.

AMA: Delink patient pain surveys and facility payments

June 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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During its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association formally adopted a policy calling for an end to linking pain management surveys with payment for healthcare facilities, an oft-criticized procedure.

My personal thoughts on the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando

June 13, 2016  |  Phil McCabe, CSW, CAS
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NALGAP president Phil McCabe says this weekend's tragedy should remind us to hold accountable anyone who espouses hate.