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Opioid treatment programs growing, and expanding into other medications

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

NCAD: Doctor attacks misconceptions about opioid addiction medications

August 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The owner of Addiction Recovery Resources in Louisiana discussed why it makes sense to integrate 12-Step and medication approaches to opioid addiction treatment.

Could a device attached to the ear become a game-changer in detox?

April 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
An electrical stimulation device that is approved for pain is gaining use as a method of easing withdrawal from opioids and facilitating access to longer-term treatment.

Ohio enacts limits on prescribing for acute pain

April 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New regulations on opioid prescribing in Ohio arrive at a time when some lawmakers are advocating even stricter limits.

App from SAMHSA guides medication treatment for opioid dependence

December 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The new MATx app is designed to share treatment strategies and other resources for the use of medications to treat opioid use disorders.

Health home model allows OTPs to cast a wider net

November 15, 2016  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
Not only does the promising new health-home model require extra work in care coordination, it also requires a change in the way clinicians are thinking about care delivery.

Alkermes establishes grant program for nonprofits

September 16, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The maker of injectable naltrexone has announced an initiative in which nonprofit organizations may apply for funding to improve addiction and mental health systems of care.

Treatment behind the walls: States gather to share information

August 4, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
State correctional systems are gradually coming to realize that they can implement successful in-prison treatment programs with medication treatments at the center.

Study shows benefit from injectable naltrexone in justice population

March 30, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A study of 153 men found lower relapse rates among the group that received six monthly injections of Vivitrol, compared with a group receiving only motivational counseling and referral to community treatment.

Vivitrol facts and free naloxone, courtesy of the police

January 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Massachusetts town's community meeting to embrace opioid users and their families offers another example of a changing mindset in some local police agencies.

Media attention prompts NAATP to emphasize stance on MAT

October 26, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The stepped-up attention nationally to the opioid crisis has the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) urging that the field "get it right" with integrated treatment approaches that include medications.

Medication does not blunt recovery work, says physician leader

August 5, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A. Kenison Roy, MD, sees equal levels of engagement between patients receiving and not receiving medication-assisted treatment in his program.


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