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Justice institute: Don't turn away from treatment-focused approaches

December 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Vera Institute of Justice is making a research case for not returning to a punitive mindset as the nation combats the opioid epidemic.

Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence

November 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A cost-effectiveness analysis using California data makes a strong case for significant public investment in methadone and buprenorphine treatment.

FDA seeks to encourage development of abuse-deterrent opioid formulations

November 24, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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
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Reports of increasing misuse of gabapentin, usually in combination with opioids or other drugs, have caught the attention of a number of state regulators.

FDA clears electrical device to combat opioid withdrawal

November 15, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that an electrical stimulation device attached to the ear can be marketed for the treatment of symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

New York center offers round-the-clock assessment, referral

November 10, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new Open Access Center in Rochester is being seen an important opioid-fighting strategy.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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More than 456 tons of unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Vermont treatment effort gets assist from across the border

November 3, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A Massachusetts outpatient treatment facility that offers methadone and injectable naltrexone for opioid dependence has begun accepting Vermont Medicaid patients.

Massachusetts police response to opioid crisis enlists AmeriCorps workers

October 31, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative has announced a program that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into Massachusetts police departments for their opioid-fighting efforts.

Studies capture challenges in reaching rescued patients

October 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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.

New DEA teams focus on Ohio

October 27, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Drug Enforcement Administration has created six new heroin/fentanyl enforcement teams, two of which are in Ohio, a state witnessing a dramatic rate of overdose deaths.

FDA doubles down on MAT

October 26, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Food and Drug Administration announced that it is launching new efforts to discourage the prevailing resistance against the long-term use of medication assisted treatment for addiction.

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