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Half of America has election anxiety, but we can offer help

October 26, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

I decided to do a little of my own research and also ask colleagues for their opinions on the profound anxiety surrounding election season. Putting that all together, here is what I found out.

Kratom research sorely needed for clinical, policy decisions

October 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In response to advocacy groups and congressional leaders, the Drug Enforcement Administration halted its attempt to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs, however, experts recommend more research on its pharmacology moving forward.

Overdose cases fuel new organ donations

October 6, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A Behavioral Healthcare analysis of public data confirms that organ donation is on the rise, and people who die from drug overdose are a rapidly growing donor category.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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