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Oxytocin a potential treatment for addiction and comorbid mood disorders

April 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A research review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests the neuropeptide oxytocin, administered as an intranasal spray, could be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction and comorbid mood disorders.

Rx Summit: Unlikely political duo teams up for science-based care

April 19, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy have at least one thing in common: an absolute reverence for brain research that can inform solutions to the opioid crisis.

Rx Summit: Local solutions to crisis require collective effort

April 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Small counties in California are reducing improper opioid prescribing and expanding addiction treatment through the efforts of groups that include an insurer and a major foundation.

Role-playing technology assists health providers in substance use screening

April 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Use of health simulation technology is helping physicians, nurses and other general health providers take on what can be uncomfortable conversations with patients about substance use.

Could a device attached to the ear become a game-changer in detox?

April 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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An electrical stimulation device that is approved for pain is gaining use as a method of easing withdrawal from opioids and facilitating access to longer-term treatment.

Harvard course on opioids has relevance for professionals, public

April 7, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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As part of its public health mission, Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications has introduced a self-guided opioid course that is proving popular among treatment professionals and the public.

Ohio enacts limits on prescribing for acute pain

April 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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New regulations on opioid prescribing in Ohio arrive at a time when some lawmakers are advocating even stricter limits.

Brightside Clinic hires medical director

March 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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David Kushner, DO, FACP, has been named medical director at Brightside Clinic, the buprenorphine treatment organization with offices in two Illinois communities.

Report: Risk of long-term opioid use increases in initial week of treatment

March 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make a case for significant limits on initial prescriptions of opioids.

Public health researchers recommend safe injection facilities in Baltimore

March 15, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that two safe injection facilities (SIFs) in Baltimore would have a significant impact on reducing harms from the opioid crisis.

Study highlights threat of dual use of buprenorphine and other opioids

March 7, 2017  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
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Research using a pharmacy database leads to striking findings about the prevalence of other opioid use during and after buprenorphine treatment.