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Pharma ready to share if it helps beat the opioid crisis

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A public-private partnership will advance new choices for medication assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders as well as non-addictive drugs for pain.

Most substance use numbers, including treatment gap, hold steady in national survey

September 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data indicate a prevailing gap between the number of people needing addiction treatment and those receiving specialty care.

Oral surgeons opt for ibuprofen over opioids

August 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Professional association recommends ibuprofen as a first-line therapy and notes that simultaneous use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can rival opioids for pain.

Kentucky law led to drop in opioid prescribing to injured workers

August 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute has documented a decline in opioid prescribing to injured workers in Kentucky following adoption of a state law establishing prescribing standards.

Hospitalized overdose patients sicker, costlier, more likely to die

August 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Research findings released this week point to growing critical care needs for opioid overdose victims, attributable in part to the transition to heroin.

Energy drink consumption linked to increased risk for SUD

August 28, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health finds young adults who regularly consume energy drinks could be at an increased risk for future substance use disorders.

Study examines opioid drug company payments to physicians

August 25, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new study finds that one in five family physicians accepted some form of drug company payment related to opioid pharmaceuticals.

Opioid treatment programs growing, and expanding into other medications

August 23, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Today's opioid treatment programs (OTPs) are increasingly likely to be offering buprenorphine and injectable naltrexone treatment in addition to methadone.

Cancer survivors more likely to use prescription opioids

August 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Results of a new study find that even for long-term cancer survivors, prescription opioid use is higher than for individuals who have not had a cancer diagnosis.

Virginia moves to extend continuum of care under Medicaid

August 10, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Virginia's Addiction Recovery Treatment Services initiative is seeking to bring about same-day access to services for the state's Medicaid population.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last, but with caveats

August 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Under Missouri's statewide prescription drug monitoring program, clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

Stigma apparent in physician replies to survey on buprenorphine prescribing

August 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A 2016 physician survey on the prescribing of buprenorphine does indicate that counselors and other specialty providers could help physicians overcome reluctance to prescribe the opioid dependence treatment.

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