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N.Y. governor cracking down on patient brokering

January 18, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a campaign to raise awareness of patient brokering and provide a vehicle for reporting suspicious activity.

Pennsylvania needs more than public health emergency

January 16, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The treatment community says the governor's emergency declaration is a positive step but doesn't do enough to address long-term recovery and quality of care concerns.

Ethics hearing an eye-opener for House committee

December 13, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Behavioral health experts offered critical details to congressional leaders about the ethical and legal concerns that have emerged in the addiction treatment industry.

Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence

November 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A cost-effectiveness analysis using California data makes a strong case for significant public investment in methadone and buprenorphine treatment.

Massachusetts governor unveils $110 million opioid bill

November 27, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has introduced legislation designed to improve addiction treatment standards and allow doctors to commit unwilling patients to 72 hours in a treatment facility.

Big Pharma, big lawsuits

November 22, 2017  |  Brian Albright
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The claimants in most of the pharma lawsuits want to see an end to what they characterize as aggressive and misleading opioid marketing as well as help in shouldering the enormous cost to states, counties and cities now dealing with overdose deaths.

Operation UNITE, Kentucky officials launching SUD help line

November 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Specialists at the KY HELP Call Center will provide information on treatment options and resources to Kentucky residents struggling with substance use disorder or have a family member struggling with SUD.

Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Parity@10 Campaign aims to shift the burden onto insurers to demonstrate their plans comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act before they can be sold to consumers.

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.

Competition seeks tech-based solutions for opioid epidemic

October 19, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge seeks scientific approaches and tech-based solutions for addressing substance use disorders.

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.

States’ shortcomings drive reincarceration rates

September 20, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by the Treatment Advocacy Center asserts that states’ inability to care for those with mental illness who have committed major crimes is driving up rearrest rates and draining public resources.

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