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Nurses fighting an opioid crisis from within

March 19, 2018  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
State boards of nursing are engaged in a deeper dive on the factors contributing to opioid use problems in the nursing profession.

Conference highlights Connecticut's pacesetting medication treatment in prisons

March 14, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A plenary session at the conference of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) featured a look at signs of progress in the correctional and insurance arenas.

No time for petty conflict amid an opioid crisis

March 12, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The opening session of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference emphasized putting to rest old internal conflicts about treatment.

SCE: Be open to evidence-based treatment

March 9, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Experts speaking in Chicago at the Summit For Clinical Excellence, The Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovery covered a number of treatment modalities that clinicians might not be embracing just yet.

Overdose-related emergency room visits on the rise

March 8, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data released this week by the CDC.

New York regulators pave the way for expanded detox

March 6, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
At least temporarily, New York hospitals will receive relief from state requirements associated with providing hospital-based detox services to opioid-dependent patients.

New Jersey corrections staff gets intensive training in substance use disorders

March 1, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Besides helping them to understand the manifestations of substance use disorders, the training of New Jersey corrections officers also focuses on secondary trauma and self-care.

Research pinpoints areas with serious provider shortage to combat opioid crisis

February 27, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
An analysis comparing buprenorphine provider capacity and opioid overdose deaths identifies significant provider shortages in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

Every race, gender and culture must be welcome in treatment

February 23, 2018  |  Nicole Stempak
In this Q&A, Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, discusses how African American clients bring their experiences of being African American to the treatment setting and how they view the world through that lens.

Study in Israel finds benefits from medical marijuana for pain

February 16, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Elderly patients with chronic pain reported symptom improvement and enhanced quality of life in a six-month study using medical cannabis.

Arizona Opioid Summit: Law enforcement, practitioners seek solutions

February 15, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The rise of fentanyl, the role of trauma and changes to prescribing guidelines highlight the Arizona Opioid Summit at the Summit for Clinical Excellence.

Nurses, peers pivotal to health system's opioid disorder initiative

February 12, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders at Christiana Care Health System say efforts to identify and address opioid use disorders in hospital settings should not be confined to the emergency room.


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