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Head of FDA has harsh words about kratom use

November 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A public health advisory issued this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has re-intensified controversy over use of the plant-based product kratom.

Health profiles help officers respond to calls appropriately

November 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Kern County, Calif., behavioral health officials believe a database that includes participants’ health information will improve law enforcement responses during mental health emergencies.

Drug studies' results make case for access to all opioid dependence medications

November 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Recent efficacy and safety studies found comparable and encouraging results for buprenorphine and injectable naltrexone in the treatment of opioid dependence.

Eating disorders awareness group spreads across campuses

November 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Project Heal is designed to raise awareness around eating disorders and to collect funds for treatment.

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.

Massachusetts collaboration will enhance social work training in addictions

November 15, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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A groundbreaking agreement with nine schools of social work will help equip Massachusetts social workers to excel on the front lines of addressing the opioid crisis.

Researchers: Cultural factors take backseat in eating disorder treatment

November 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Researchers in the UK suggest that professionals often ignore the requests of patients with an eating disorder to explore gender issues related to the disorder.

Hospital boosts opioid patients' rapid access to medication

November 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The experience of Boston Medical Center bolsters evidence that hospitalized patients with opioid use disorders can be successfully initiated on medication before discharge.

Intervention leader Southworth dies at 79

November 13, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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John Southworth was one of the most prominent leaders in the intervention community and a passionate advocate for 12-Step recovery.

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.

Blogs

Local businesses can fuel community solutions in addiction

October 24, 2017     Rebecca Flood
It is time for communities to unite to counteract the emergence of poor-quality, profit-driven substance use treatment.

Vermont groups choose unusual venue for messaging on opioid crisis

October 17, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A stigma-busting campaign focusing on opioid addiction is being launched out of the terminal in the Burlington, Vt., airport.

Eating disorders group hits Amazon for offensive message

October 6, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The National Eating Disorders Association says that a sweatshirt being sold on Amazon.com perpetuates stigma and misconceptions around anorexia.

Let's solve problems cooperatively with other nations

August 9, 2017     Rebecca Flood
The United States' drug-related crises are not unique, and more cooperation internationally could educate the field on the nature of drug epidemics.