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Alcohol remains the most prominent substance linked to hospitalization

March 7, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Based on 2014 data, a county-level analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that alcohol is the most common reason for a substance-related hospitalization.

Fewer Americans consider heavy smoking a great health risk

March 1, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
About 3 million fewer Americans believe smoking a pack of cigarettes per day poses a great health risk compared to 10 years ago, according to research published by Duke Health.

Report offers glimpse of state-level behavioral health indicators

February 14, 2018  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
The State of Mental Health in America report tracks patterns in substance use and mental health prevalence and discusses their relationship to care access.

Opioid crisis now $1 trillion problem

February 13, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The opioid epidemic in the United States has cost $1 trillion since 2001 and is on pace to cost another $500 billion by 2020, according to a study released Tuesday by Altarum.

Research sharpens focus on glutamate in alcohol treatment

February 13, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research suggests a potentially critical role for the neurotransmitter glutamate as a target for treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Legal hurdles cleared, Seattle continues toward opening SIF

February 8, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
King County officials move forward with plans for a supervised injection site after facing opposition from community groups.

Willing to go with what works

January 29, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
From the 12 Steps to medication-assisted treatment, a majority of Quality of Life Survey respondents embrace solutions that click with clients.

Today's treatments oversimplify the disease of addiction

January 16, 2018  |  Roland Reeves, MD
The progression of addiction and other diseases is relentless unless treatment takes a comprehensive and long-range approach.

Vermont breaks new ground in marijuana policy

January 11, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Vermont is ready to become the first state to approve recreational use of marijuana through an act of legislation.

Leader says California marijuana law puts clinicians in more comfortable position

January 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A treatment leader in California discusses the changing clinical dynamics around California's new recreational marijuana law.

Field leans on peers, but roles remain ill-defined

January 4, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Persons with lived experience of addiction are taking on added importance in the substance use treatment community, given the urgency of the opioid crisis.

Funding available for SBIRT initiatives

January 2, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Federal officials expect to award grants to up to eight organizations in the latest round of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment funding.


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