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Cancer survivors more likely to use prescription opioids

August 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Results of a new study find that even for long-term cancer survivors, prescription opioid use is higher than for individuals who have not had a cancer diagnosis.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last, but with caveats

August 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Under Missouri's statewide prescription drug monitoring program, clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

Stigma apparent in physician replies to survey on buprenorphine prescribing

August 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A 2016 physician survey on the prescribing of buprenorphine does indicate that counselors and other specialty providers could help physicians overcome reluctance to prescribe the opioid dependence treatment.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience.

Workers' compensation data shows slowing of long-term opioid prescribing

August 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Newly released data suggest that in a number of states, fewer injured workers are receiving long-term prescriptions for opioids.

Massachusetts case complicates decision-making on workplace marijuana testing

August 1, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The business community nationally is closely watching a Massachusetts case in which the state's highest court has affirmed an employee's right to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Rapid-access clinics reduce emergency department visits in Ontario

July 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Seven rapid-access clinics in Ontario are providing a transition between emergency departments and primary care in the treatment of opioid and alcohol addictions.

Marrying science and design to improve access to naloxone

July 24, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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University professors used their collective talents to create a device allowing easy access to the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.

Three keys to lowering mortality rates in opioid disorder patients

July 21, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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New research has found that providing psychosocial counseling and avoiding prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines are among the variables that can reduce mortality rates in opioid use disorders. Medication treatment did not affect death rates.

ADHD patients' substance use risk lower in medicated periods

July 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Researchers have found that individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at lower risk of alcohol or drug abuse when they are taking ADHD medications.

Report offers state-by-state breakdown of non-medical prescription drug use

July 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription opioids in 2012-2014 was highest in Oklahoma and lowest in Minnesota.

Partnership in R.I. will accelerate buprenorphine training

July 13, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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An expanded addictions curriculum in Brown University's medical school will allow some young doctors to qualify immediately to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid dependence.

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