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Eliminate stigma from the inside out

November 27, 2017     Michael Weiner, PhD, MCAP
Do the ways in which professionals treat addiction cause much of the shame that patients experience?

States eye adding gabapentin to controlled substance list

November 22, 2017     Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
Reports of increasing misuse of gabapentin, usually in combination with opioids or other drugs, have caught the attention of a number of state regulators.

Head of FDA has harsh words about kratom use

November 17, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A public health advisory issued this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has re-intensified controversy over use of the plant-based product kratom.

Health profiles help officers respond to calls appropriately

November 16, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Kern County, Calif., behavioral health officials believe a database that includes participants’ health information will improve law enforcement responses during mental health emergencies.

Drug studies' results make case for access to all opioid dependence medications

November 16, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Recent efficacy and safety studies found comparable and encouraging results for buprenorphine and injectable naltrexone in the treatment of opioid dependence.

Massachusetts collaboration will enhance social work training in addictions

November 15, 2017     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A groundbreaking agreement with nine schools of social work will help equip Massachusetts social workers to excel on the front lines of addressing the opioid crisis.

Hospital boosts opioid patients' rapid access to medication

November 14, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The experience of Boston Medical Center bolsters evidence that hospitalized patients with opioid use disorders can be successfully initiated on medication before discharge.

Group of payers say they will adhere to evidence-based principles

November 8, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Sixteen healthcare payers today announced a commitment to principles of addiction care derived from the Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.

The Numbers: Attitudes toward addiction

November 8, 2017     Tom Valentino
Gaps in the public's knowledge about substance use disorders found to perpetuate stigma and create challenges for providers.

Local governments step in to fill unmet SUD-related needs

November 6, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new report suggests that local governments are not getting the attention they deserve for responses to the opioid crisis and related problems.

Indiana counties scrap syringe exchange programs

November 6, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Now two years removed from an HIV outbreak in the state, old concerns drive Indiana counties to begin defunding syringe exchange programs.

2017 Quality of Life Survey

November 2, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Clinicians are reining in hours and practicing self-care, but more are open to exploring their career options.

Activities offer sanctuary experience at Riverside Recovery

November 2, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The substance use treatment facility in Tampa makes use of its surroundings to create a peaceful place for clients.

Indiana University unveils $50 million addictions initiative

November 1, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Responding to the Addictions Crisis is a $50 million project that will involve IU researchers, as well as business, not-for-profit and government partners.

In tracking drug trends, can't afford to play catch-up

October 31, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Some in the research community see a more timely release of data on emerging drug trends as essential.

Is a new drug crisis looming?

October 30, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A rising presence of stimulants in some parts of the country is leading to worry over a troubling addiction with fewer treatment options than opioid addiction.

Studies capture challenges in reaching rescued patients

October 30, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Research released today at the American College of Emergency Physicians' annual meeting demonstrates the complexities of achieving positive outcomes with patients rescued from an opioid overdose.

Addiction program uses team approach, medication to assist pregnant women

October 30, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The VCU Health Obstetrical Addiction Program in Virginia is working to improve maternal and child outcomes and to diminish stigma toward the pregnant patient.

Fact sheet on opioid treatments targets justice officials

October 27, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) seeks to separate ideology from evidence in discussing the importance of medication treatments in the justice system.

PAs contribute a wide range of services in psychiatry

October 26, 2017     Kristi Kincheloe, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
One of the key benefits PAs offer in mental health settings is that we are educated in the medical model and maintain certification by completing substantial continuing medical education and passing rigorous assessments throughout our careers.