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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.

Head of FDA has harsh words about kratom use

November 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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.

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

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

FDA clears electrical device to combat opioid withdrawal

November 15, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that an electrical stimulation device attached to the ear can be marketed for the treatment of symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Massachusetts collaboration will enhance social work training in addictions

November 15, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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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.

New York center offers round-the-clock assessment, referral

November 10, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new Open Access Center in Rochester is being seen an important opioid-fighting strategy.

Experts: Opioid crisis is staggering, but in many ways not unique

November 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The opioid crisis in certain respects resembles other epidemics that include stimulant crises that occurred at two points in the nation's history.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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More than 456 tons of unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Local governments step in to fill unmet SUD-related needs

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

Vermont treatment effort gets assist from across the border

November 3, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A Massachusetts outpatient treatment facility that offers methadone and injectable naltrexone for opioid dependence has begun accepting Vermont Medicaid patients.

Injectable buprenorphine moves closer to approval

November 2, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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It appears likely that the first monthly injectable formulation of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence will receive federal approval by the end of this month.

Massachusetts police response to opioid crisis enlists AmeriCorps workers

October 31, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative has announced a program that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into Massachusetts police departments for their opioid-fighting efforts.

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