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Opioid crisis update from the field

November 9, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound...

Florida insurer to cease OxyContin coverage

November 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Florida Blue announced it will cease coverage of OxyContin by January, following in the footsteps of Cigna.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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More than 456 tons of unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Would involuntary commitment for addiction save lives?

November 2, 2017  |  Jill Sederstrom
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Civil commitment for those who need addiction treatment could save lives, but hurdles impede implementation as states work through legal and ethical concerns.

Medicare places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

Data shows patterns in opioid prescribing

September 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Researchers have identified patterns in opioid prescribing nationwide, noting that the variations discovered aren’t tied to clinical factors, but rather are tied to factors such as age or insurance source.

What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier
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If we could take the best parts of successful civil commitment—immediate treatment, coordinated care and discharge planning—perhaps this may be another way to prevent future drug overdoses.

Parents unaware of opioid risk for adolescents

September 18, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study published by Caron Treatment Centers shows fewer parents talk with their children about the dangers of prescription painkillers than those that discuss alcohol, illegally obtained drugs or safe sex.

Most substance use numbers hold steady in national survey

September 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos
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Opioid use did not show substantial increases in 2016, but fentanyl has caused the opioid crisis to grow more deadly, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Hospitalized overdose patients sicker, costlier, more likely to die

August 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Research findings released this week point to growing critical care needs for opioid overdose victims, attributable in part to the transition to heroin.

NCAD: Doctor attacks misconceptions about opioid addiction medications

August 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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The owner of Addiction Recovery Resources in Louisiana discussed why it makes sense to integrate 12-Step and medication approaches to opioid addiction treatment.

University Park start-up aims for niche opportunities

August 14, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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For new start-up University Park Behavioral Health, a market opportunity lies in the transitional space right after detox, where thorough assessments can proactively ensure better treatment.

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