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Nurses fighting an opioid crisis from within

March 19, 2018  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
State boards of nursing are engaged in a deeper dive on the factors contributing to opioid use problems in the nursing profession.

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.

SCE: Be open to evidence-based treatment

March 9, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Experts speaking in Chicago at the Summit For Clinical Excellence, The Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovery covered a number of treatment modalities that clinicians might not be embracing just yet.

Overdose-related emergency room visits on the rise

March 8, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data released this week by the CDC.

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.

Arizona Opioid Summit: Law enforcement, practitioners seek solutions

February 15, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The rise of fentanyl, the role of trauma and changes to prescribing guidelines highlight the Arizona Opioid Summit at the Summit for Clinical Excellence.

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.

Research group highlights wastewater testing as part of opioid crisis response

February 2, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Mathematica Policy Research has been studying whether wastewater testing can provide information on opioid use trends in a timelier fashion than traditional surveys.

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.

BMX athlete Tony Hoffman gets back on the bike

January 11, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Once derailed by substance use, the former phenom has flourished as a coach and motivational speaker.


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