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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.

Alcohol remains the most prominent substance linked to hospitalization

March 7, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Based on 2014 data, a county-level analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that alcohol is the most common reason for a substance-related hospitalization.

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.

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.

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.

Addiction groups target primary care in effort to boost opioid crisis response

February 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Groups led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry say primary care organizations need substance use disorder training that goes beyond simply certifying more prescribers.

Resistance remains to tackling opioid crisis in Appalachian region

January 22, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new report based on discussions with experts and community members suggests that stigma continues to hamper responses to the opioid crisis in hard-hit Appalachian communities.

Caron's new medical center speaks to complex care needs

December 6, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Caron Treatment Centers has established a medical hub on its main campus as it continues to see cases of growing complexity.

FDA seeks to encourage development of abuse-deterrent opioid formulations

November 24, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced several steps designed to remove barriers to access to abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids.

States eye adding gabapentin to controlled substance list

November 22, 2017  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
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
Recent efficacy and safety studies found comparable and encouraging results for buprenorphine and injectable naltrexone in the treatment of opioid dependence.

Studies capture challenges in reaching rescued patients

October 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Research released today at the American College of Emergency Physicians' annual meeting demonstrates the complexities of achieving positive outcomes with patients rescued from an opioid overdose.


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