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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.

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.

Hospital boosts opioid patients' rapid access to medication

November 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The experience of Boston Medical Center bolsters evidence that hospitalized patients with opioid use disorders can be successfully initiated on medication before discharge.

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.

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.

Fact sheet on opioid treatments targets justice officials

October 27, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) seeks to separate ideology from evidence in discussing the importance of medication treatments in the justice system.

FDA doubles down on MAT

October 26, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Food and Drug Administration announced that it is launching new efforts to discourage the prevailing resistance against the long-term use of medication assisted treatment for addiction.

Research seeks deeper understanding of how cocaine influences HIV

October 9, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A five-year research project could lead to more effective biomarkers for cocaine use and new therapeutic strategies for users with or without HIV.

Troncale urges rejection of extreme positions on role of medication treatment

October 3, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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In his "If I were king" talk at the Moments of Change conference, the medical director at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers advocated a balanced and comprehensive approach to combating the opioid crisis.

Data shows patterns in opioid prescribing

October 2, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Researchers have identified patterns in opioid prescribing nationwide, noting that the variations discovered aren't tied to clinical factors, bur rather are tied to factors such as age or insurance source.

Review examines effect of needle exchange, opioid treatments on hepatitis C transmission

September 27, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The conclusions of a research review on hepatitis C transmission are complicated by the presence of relatively poor-quality studies, researchers report.

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