Monday, October 9, 2017

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
Matt Butler
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Hospital Treatment Rates for Heroin Surge While Rates for Prescription Opioids Drop
Hospital treatment rates for heroin rose more than 31 percent between 2008 and 2014, while treatment rates for prescription opioids have declined, according to a new study.
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Cigna Will Stop Covering OxyContin in Effort to Reduce Inappropriate Use
Health insurer Cigna announced this week it will stop covering the prescription opioid OxyContin in an effort to reduce inappropriate use of the drug. Instead it will cover an equivalent drug less vulnerable to being misused.

FDA Requires Makers of Fast-Acting Opioids to Pay for Doctor Training
The Food and Drug Administration announced it will require makers of fast-acting opioids to fund voluntary training for healthcare professionals who prescribe the drugs, according to Reuters.
New Online Resource from NIH Helps Locate High-Quality Care for Alcohol Use Disorder
People searching for high-quality care for alcohol use disorder have a new online tool to help them. The tool, called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator, is provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Scientists Develop Portable, Rapid Urine Test for Amphetamines
Korean scientists have developed a portable, quick urine test for amphetamines, HealthDay reports.
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