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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.

Specialty provider sees increasingly receptive audience in general medicine for addiction training

January 5, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The medical director at Caron Treatment Centers reports that today's young physicians are much more likely than their predecessors to address patients' substance use concerns head-on.

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.

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.

Kratom research sorely needed for clinical, policy decisions

October 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has slowed its move to place kratom on its most restrictive scheduling, as members of the research community argue against blocking studies of possible analgesic benefits.

Younger adult overdoses on the rise in Virginia

September 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Adults ages 25 to 44 accounted for more than half of all drug overdose-related deaths in Virginia from 2007 to 2014, according to research published this week.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

September 10, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A physician presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders endorsed much wider access to both methadone and buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence.

Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Predictive testing to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of opioids and other medications appears to have wide applicability in many sectors of healthcare.

FDA mandates warnings, education on use of opioids with benzodiazepines

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Based partly on findings of increases in overdoses from concurrent prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring boxed warnings and patient guides for nearly 400 individual drugs.

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