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Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

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
article

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
article

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.

Details on death certificates offer layers of clues to opioid epidemic

June 3, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
article

The Connecticut chief medical examiner is pushing for more detailed autopsies in overdose cases to help law enforcement and public health officials curb opioid-related deaths.

Mental disorders top list of most costly conditions

May 27, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

At $201 billion, mental disorders were the most costly medical conditions in the U.S. in 2013—$54 billion more than the next highest category—according to a study published by the journal Health Affairs.

The least you need to know about Imodium overdoses

May 12, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

Emergency medicine specialists have noted a trend in fatalities related to misuse of Imodium by individuals who might be seeking to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms or to produce an easy high.

The least you need to know about new CDC suicide data

April 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

After several years of consistent decline in suicide rates, the 1999 to 2014 timeframe shows an increase of 24%, according to new CDC data.

Public autism education is our responsibility

April 18, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Instead of paying so much attention to the false information about vaccines, attention must be paid to increasing educational and work opportunities for those with autism disorders.

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