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Medical director's refrain to patients: 'I don't want to go to your funeral'

September 21, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Mountainside treatment facility in Connecticut is making early inroads with injectable buprenorphine as another option for blocking patients' opioid receptors.

Q & A: Hidden forces behind the US prescription drug epidemic

September 21, 2018  |  Jolynn Tumolo, Psych Congress Network
Psychiatrist Anna Lembke, MD, examines how myths, policies, and practices contributed to a crisis in her new book, "Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop."

Less new opioid use, more treatment offer signs of hope in national survey

September 18, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health offers some encouragement regarding the opioid crisis but growing concern for groups such as pregnant women and young adults.

RAND center seeks deeper dive into opioid policy effectiveness

September 12, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Among its efforts, the RAND Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center will explore why certain opioid-fighting strategies work well in some communities but not others.

Red flags on benzodiazepines, gabapentin in drug misuse report

September 11, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Quest Diagnostics' analysis of drug monitoring data finds several areas of potential concern, including for patients being treated in specialty substance use settings.

Rhode Island advocates to distribute fentanyl test strips

August 29, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
A group of Rhode Island public health advocates will distribute fentanyl test strips and naloxone on Friday as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

New federally supported research center will stimulate opioid-fighting approaches

August 24, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Initial projects to be conducted under a Rhode Island-based opioid research center will look at topics such as improving the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment and preventing the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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.

Spanish version of overdose prevention toolkit now available

August 10, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a Spanish-language version of its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit for providers and communities.

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.


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