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Insurer notes economic impact of mental health, SUD in communities

November 29, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a new measurement tool, identifies health conditions with the greatest impact on communities. Analysis of the data draws a correlation between community health and economic strength.

Task force arms local officials in opioid crisis

November 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A report issued by the City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic provides local government and law enforcement officials with strategies for taking action to address the opioid crisis at the community level.

Shorter stays linked to rapid rehospitalization

November 17, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by the Treatment Advocacy Center finds that patients at state hospitals with the shortest length of stay are three times more likely to be readmitted than those with the longest initial stay.

Higher caps may not increase buprenorphine utilization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Research from the RAND Corporation indicates that few physicians currently prescribing buprenorphine have approached the 100-patient treatment cap, and many of those might be underutilizing the drug.

Americans still lack access to mental healthcare

October 27, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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More than half of U.S. adults with mental illness did not receive access to treatment in 2014, and there is a serious mental health workforce shortage, according to a Mental Health America study.

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

October 26, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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