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Prescription drug abuse

10 misconceptions you might hear from patients

March 23, 2017  |  Roland Vendeland, MEd, MA, LPC
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A counselor in an opioid treatment clinic discusses patient misconceptions about addiction and recovery, and how a clinician might address them.

Report: Risk of long-term opioid use increases in initial week of treatment

March 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make a case for significant limits on initial prescriptions of opioids.

Study highlights threat of dual use of buprenorphine and other opioids

March 7, 2017  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
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Research using a pharmacy database leads to striking findings about the prevalence of other opioid use during and after buprenorphine treatment.

Potent carfentanil will move to China's banned list

February 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Chinese officials have expedited a review process to place the deadly opioid carfentanil on its controlled substances list.

New Jersey opioid law mandates prescriber discussions with young patients

February 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Advocates believe a newly adopted New Jersey law designed to educate youths and their families about the dangers of opioid addiction could add momentum for other opioid-focused legislation.

Study identifies genetic variable affecting African-American methadone patients

January 31, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Yale University researchers have uncovered a genetic variant that could help identify African-American patients who need higher therapeutic doses of methadone for opioid dependence.

Five facts about new versions of buprenorphine

January 13, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Injectable and implant versions of buprenorphine are seen as potentially significant breakthroughs in improving medication adherence and reducing diversion.

First-year numbers from police program show success in referring to treatment

December 27, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A pioneering initiative in Gloucester, Mass., to help opioid-dependent individuals connect to services is showing success in the referral process, according to published statistics.

Policy forum PSA features grieving families

December 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Addiction Policy Forum's "They Are All Good Kids" emphasizes the widespread and non-discriminatory nature of opioid addiction.

Heroin, fentanyl overdose deaths increase at alarming rate

December 9, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that overdose deaths from illicit opioids continue to increase at a faster rate than deaths from prescription opioids.

Settlement over prescribing practices puts spotlight on buprenorphine clinics

December 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A well-regarded chain of buprenorphine treatment operations has agreed to pay a civil settlement in a case that in part speaks to concerns about the mix of services in medication-assisted treatment facilities.

Transformed thinking gives rise to center of excellence in addiction medicine

November 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In establishing unified addiction services that earned a first-ever recognition this month, the Center for Addiction Science in Tennessee showed how patients can flourish when they receive care in a humane manner.

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