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Fentanyl, carfentanil prompt higher naloxone dosage

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Two expert panels have voted to recommend that the FDA increase the minimum dosage of naloxone in the wake of climbing overdose rates involving fentanyl and carfentanil.

Substance use, mental health issues higher for lesbian, gay or bisexual adults

October 14, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were found to have a higher prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders than those in the sexual majority, but were also more likely to receive treatment, according to SAMHSA.

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.

Prepare for dramatic growth in the elderly population

October 3, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Between 2010 and 2030, unprecedented growth will occur in the elderly, age 65 and over population of the United States. About 5.3 million elderly persons will have a substance use condition, compared with 3 million elderly persons today. We must prepare now....

Quality group rates top health insurers

September 27, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced its annual health plan ratings this week, identifying the top 10 states with high marks.

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.

Insurer drops drug screen requirement for hep C coverage

September 13, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

As part of a $300 million settlement, UnitedHealthcare will no longer require policyholders to demonstrate abstinence from drugs and alcohol for six months before receiving coverage for a costly hepatitis C medication.

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.

What Works: Alternatives to physical restraint

August 26, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Strained by the long-term use of restraint and seclusion as crisis management protocols, Grafton Integrated Health Network developed an alternative program that led to cost savings.

Group finds few easy answers to common ethical dilemmas

August 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A growing complexity of roles in addiction treatment organizations is creating ethics challenges around boundaries and other issues affecting patients, a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter suggested.


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