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What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier

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

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

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

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

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

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.

FACT FILE: OIG flags opioid misuse, questionable prescribing in Medicare Part D

August 10, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study of Medicare Part D data from 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General identifies cases of extreme use of opioids, questionable prescribing and doctor shopping by beneficiaries.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last—but with caveats

August 9, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Missouri is positioned to launch a statewide prescription drug monitoring program at last, but clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

SAMHSA research sheds light on prescription drug misuse

August 9, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Two recent reports issued by SAMHSA show reasons for prescription medication misuse and an increase in opioid misuse among U.S. adults over the age of 50.

Trump, HHS believe we already have what we need to address opioid crisis

August 9, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Department of Health and Human Services basically told America that Trump is not planning to follow the urgent recommendation to declare a national state of emergency for the opioid crisis.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience. 

New fraud unit targets pill mills

August 3, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Department of Justice launched the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit as a three-year pilot program, largely aimed at shutting down pill mills and drug diversion in 12 hard-hit states.


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