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Report quantifies increase in EMS administration of naloxone

August 14, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new report indicates that emergency medical services' administration of naloxone for opioid overdose victims increased by more than 75% from 2012-2016.

Patients at Vermont center receive fentanyl test strips

August 9, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The Howard Center's broad-based efforts to reduce opioid overdose now include distributing test strips that allow clients to identify fentanyl in the drug supply.

Federal lab works on database to identify fentanyl analogs

August 8, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A pilot project is seeking to facilitate earlier identification of compounds related to the deadly fentanyl.

Creator of genetic risk test for addiction takes steps in market

August 7, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Texas-based developer of the Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS) test has entered the commercial market and has received a broad-based patent.

FDA offers guidance for new drug development for opioid use disorder

August 6, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Scientific recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest a broader approach to the evaluation of potential medication treatments for opioid use disorder.

Study: Methadone, buprenorphine after overdose improve survival rates

July 10, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A Massachusetts study found that opioid overdose survivors who received methadone or buprenorphine following an overdose showed reduced deaths from subsequent overdoses.

Leaders call restricting methadone treatment to clinic settings outdated

July 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A commentary suggests that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to allow some office-based physician practices to prescribe methadone for opioid dependence.

Compound showing promise in early alcohol studies

July 2, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Researchers have tested in rodents a compound that could ultimately treat the most severe cases of alcohol dependence.

Five facts about workplace testing trends

June 27, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Results of an annual drug testing survey offer reason for concern about use of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

SCE Pittsburgh: Holistic approach, healthy discussions facilitate chronic pain treatment

June 25, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Gregory Hobelmann, MD, MPH, stressed the need for a holistic approach to recovery when working with chronic pain patients, and also highlighted potential landmine discussion topics during his session at the Summit for Clinical Excellence in Pittsburgh.


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