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Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Number of young adults who have contemplated suicide rises

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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In 2015, 8.3% of U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 25 had serious thoughts of suicide, a significantly higher percentage than any other age group, according to a study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Claims study quantifies growing impact of opioid crisis

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Commercial health insurers paid treatment centers and other providers $445.7 million to treat plan members’ opioid dependence and abuse in 2015, demonstrating a 1,375% spending increase over five years.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected data on the misuse of prescription products and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

Federal report: Adult marijuana use up, perception of harm down

September 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A report based on 12 years of National Survey on Drug Use and Health data suggests that increases in marijuana use in the U.S. are likely to persist. 

Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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To treat substance use disorders in veterans and active military personnel effectively, clinicians must first understand the unique facets of the culture in which their patients have lived.

‘Harmless’ cannabis a dangerous misnomer for adolescents

August 18, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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With a THC concentration 10 times higher today than that which was found in marijuana in the 1960s, cannabis has been shown to have particularly damaging effects on brain development in adolescents.

Despite unknown long-term effects, vaping industry business booming

August 18, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The vaping industry is projected to overtake tobacco sales within the next 10 years, but a lack of research about its side effects has clinicians concerned.

New state forums drive stakeholder solutions

August 12, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, an initiative to foster communication between stakeholders in the mental health sector and bring about policy change.

Opioid crisis plagues privately insured

August 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A striking 3,000% increase in opioid dependence among the privately insured is yet more evidence of the national crisis and its prevalence in middle-class demographic groups.

FACT FILE: Drug court expansion

August 5, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The overall number of U.S. drug courts surpassed 3,000 in 2014, with adult drug courts and DUI courts proving particularly effective in reducing recidivism.

BHOs say providers are lukewarm on MAT

August 3, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study published by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness finds managed care is receptive to medication-assisted treatment, but not all care providers share their point of view.

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