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BMX athlete Tony Hoffman gets back on the bike

January 11, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Once derailed by substance use, the former phenom has flourished as a coach and motivational speaker.

Field leans on peers, but roles remain ill-defined

January 4, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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Persons with lived experience of addiction are taking on added importance in the substance use treatment community, given the urgency of the opioid crisis.

IABHC convenes experts to discuss growing stimulant issues

January 2, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The opioid crisis is making headlines, but stimulants are emerging as a significant concern. Now, the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare is launching the National Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit to engage stakeholders across the country.

Medical marijuana laws have differing effects on youth use patterns

December 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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New research indicates that enactment of state medical marijuana laws leads to some substance use increases among older adolescents, but decreases among younger adolescents.

Numbers show cocaine again damaging minority communities

December 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study released this month suggests the need for renewed attention to cocaine-related deaths in the African-American population.

Overall teen drug use down, but many turning to vaping

December 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Cigarette smoking and misuse of prescription opioids are down among teens, but vaping and marijuana use raise concerns in annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Justice institute: Don't turn away from treatment-focused approaches

December 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Vera Institute of Justice is making a research case for not returning to a punitive mindset as the nation combats the opioid epidemic.

Farmers hit hard by opioid crisis

December 11, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A recent study shows the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and ranchers harder than the rest of rural America.

Cocaine prominent in Florida report on drug deaths

December 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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According to a state of Florida report, deaths involving and caused by cocaine showed significant increases from 2015 to 2016.

Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence

November 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A cost-effectiveness analysis using California data makes a strong case for significant public investment in methadone and buprenorphine treatment.

FDA seeks to encourage development of abuse-deterrent opioid formulations

November 24, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced several steps designed to remove barriers to access to abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids.

States eye adding gabapentin to controlled substance list

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

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