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NIH study underlines use of yoga and meditation

February 10, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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While the use of complementary techniques continues to rise, NIH says such services are a key area of research to potentially combat overuse of opioids for pain.

Experts: Personal biases should not influence opioid treatment

February 4, 2015  |  Douglas J. Edwards, Publisher
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Panelists at AP Academy agreed that providers can best serve their patients by keeping an open mind to all treatment philosophies, even if they don’t personally agree with them.

Prescription drug disposal effort pays off in Vancouver area

February 3, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Nearly 100,000 pounds of unused medication was safely disposed in the Vancouver area of Canada in 2014, thanks to an awareness campaign launched in 2008.

Sierra Tucson backs awareness event coinciding with Super Bowl week

January 31, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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An Arizona community event on the risks and rewards of playing football received the support of an addiction treatment facility that has an exclusive arrangement with a group assisting retired athletes.

NIH panel: Evidence lacking for opioids in chronic pain treatment; more team-based care needed

January 19, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Arguably the most prevalent theme in a new report on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain is the surprising lack of evidence of efficacy of these and other pain treatments.

Chronic pain patients can identify medication dependence with new self-assessment

December 31, 2014  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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New Year’s is often a time of reflection and self assessment. For chronic pain patients resolving to end their dependence on addictive prescription pain medications, a new online self-assessment is available.

Florida restriction on strong opioids shifted patients to other drugs

December 31, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study has found that a Florida policy that shifted dispensing of stronger opioids from physicians to pharmacies led to greater prescribing of less potent alternatives.

Facilities targeting specialized needs of opioid-dependent and pain patients

December 19, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Medical leaders from two addiction treatment facilities explain how their operations have become more specialized in their approach to opioid addiction and pain recovery.

Automated EEG biofeedback proven effective in treatment for substance abuse

December 16, 2014  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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The technique can provide an alternative to the drugs commonly used to treat attention-deficit disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which have the potential to spark addiction or relapse.

Ineffective chronic pain treatment can lead to addiction

October 17, 2014  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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A majority of patients would be willing to reduce or eliminate their current medications to try an alternative treatment, according to a new study.

Teen drug use on declining trend

September 17, 2014  |  Julie Miller
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The National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds a 24% decline in drug use among youth in the past decade

Pa. agencies issue guidelines for opioid prescribing

July 14, 2014  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Following a directive from the governor's office, two Pennsylvania state agencies and physicians in the state have released guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain.

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