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Less new opioid use, more treatment offer signs of hope in national survey

September 18, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health offers some encouragement regarding the opioid crisis but growing concern for groups such as pregnant women and young adults.

Data show too few youths receive medication for opioid use disorders

September 11, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A new study indicates that only about one in four young people with opioid use disorders receives one of the approved medications as part of treatment.

Next steps on the depression-opioid problem

August 13, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Likely, the connection between depression and opioid use is so obvious that no one acts upon it or even talks about it. Yet, the consequences frequently are quite deadly. The issue: The failure to link depression treatment with opioid treatment.

Federal lab works on database to identify fentanyl analogs

August 8, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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A pilot project is seeking to facilitate earlier identification of compounds related to the deadly fentanyl.

Leaders call restricting methadone treatment to clinic settings outdated

July 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A commentary suggests that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to allow some office-based physician practices to prescribe methadone for opioid dependence.

New opioid use measure added to health plan data set

July 3, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A measure that is being added to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) will evaluate health plan members' risk of continued opioid use.

If there is one suicide sign you shouldn’t ignore, this is it

June 12, 2018  |  H. Steven Moffic
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Improvements in depression or anxiety without an apparent, sound reason can signal internal struggle is still ongoing.

Transform our shock into action

June 12, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, combined with alarming new statistics on suicide rates in the U.S., show it is time to reassess our suicide prevention strategies.

Alcohol misuse still outweighs opioid misuse

May 9, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The grim statistics on overdose deaths should prompt solutions. However—always being the advocate for the underdog—I hope that in our opioid anxiety, we don’t cheat the programs that support individuals with alcohol use disorders. 

Patient-centered doesn’t mean the customer is always right

April 23, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington
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When it comes to objective measurements on whether providers are delivering what patients want, experts say assessment surveys might ask about whether patients believe they are in a better place.

Fact File: Half of America agrees addiction is a disease

April 13, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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American attitudes toward addiction are beginning to shift, but only slightly, according to a survey of 1,054 adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Rx Summit 18: Surgeon general underlines value of naloxone

April 9, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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At the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, underscored the federal strategy for the opioid crisis with a rare public health advisory issued from his office on the use of naloxone.

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