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Relaxing Patient Privacy Rules Would Worsen the Opioid Epidemic
STAT NEWS (11/24) – As the national opioid epidemic continues to escalate, policymakers are increasingly desperate for solutions to stem the tide of devastation. Those of us who have been working to fight for decades to combat addiction in America — through the crack epidemic, the meth epidemic, and the previous heroin epidemic — have a message for them: Listen. Read more
FDA Approves First Once-Monthly Buprenorphine Injection, a Medication-Assisted Treatment Option for Opioid Use Disorder
FDA (11/30) – FDA approves the first once-monthly buprenorphine injection, a medication-assisted treatment option for moderate-to-severe opioid use disorder. The agency encourages safe adoption and more widespread use of FDA-approved treatments to help combat opioid addiction. Read more
How to Counteract Media Bias Against Treatment Centers (Editorial)
BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE (11/22) – In today’s era of increased scrutiny directed at addiction treatment centers, it almost seems as if the unethical providers are the rule rather than the exception. But we know that’s far from the truth. Read more
FDA Grants Marketing Authorization of the First Device For Use in Helping to Reduce the Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal
FDA (11/15) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a new indication to an electric stimulation device for use in helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. “Given the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction, we need to find innovative new ways to help those currently addicted live lives of sobriety with the assistance of medically assisted treatment.“ Read more
Medical Marijuana Took a Bite Out of Alcohol Sales. Recreational Pot Could Take an Even Bigger One
WASHINGTON POST (12/01) – Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Read more
Nearly Half of Americans Have a Family Member or Close Friend Who’s Been Addicted to Drugs
PEW RESEARCH CENTER (10/26) – It’s common for Americans to know someone with a current or past drug addiction – and it’s an experience that mostly cuts across demographic and partisan lines. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in August found that 46% of U.S. adults say they have a family member or close friend who is addicted to drugs or has been in the past. Read more
Adolescent Research: Invitation to Counselors:
The SASSI Institute is conducting a validation study to develop an updated version of our adolescent screening questionnaire. Our aim is to provide practitioners with an effective tool to address the public health epidemic of adolescent prescription opioid, other prescription drug abuse, and SUD more generally. Register to participate online.
Eliminate Stigma From the Inside Out (Editorial)
ADDICTION PRO (11/27) – We seem to be constantly trying to change the public's perception of substance use disorders and of people who have them. At best, progress is slow. The terms “stigma” and “shame” both apply. Stigma may be what is inflicted upon us by others. Shame is what we carry. Maybe we have to change. Read more
Prescription Drug Abuse Increasingly Seen as a Major U.S. Public Health Problem
PEW RESEARCH (11/15) – Today, 76% of the public says that prescription drug abuse is an extremely or very serious public health problem in America, compared with 63% who said the same in 2013. Just 22% regard prescription drug abuse as a somewhat serious or less serious problem, down from 34% in 2013. Read more
Big Tobacco to Air Anti-Smoking Ads After Decade-Long Fight
THE HILL (11/21) – Big Tobacco will begin running ads next week detailing the negative health effects of smoking cigarettes 11 years after they were ordered to do so by a federal court. The companies will also have to purchase five full-page ads in the Sunday editions of more than 50 newspapers. Read more
Marijuana Use May Not Aid Patients in Opioid Addiction Treatment
SCIENCE DAILY (11/04) – Many patients who are being treated for opioid addiction in a medication-assisted treatment clinic use marijuana to help manage their pain and mood symptoms. But new found that frequent marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it. Read more
Smoking Study Personalizes Treatment
SCIENCE DAILY (11/20) – A simple blood test is allowing researchers to determine which patients should be prescribed varenicline (Chantix) to stop smoking and which patients could do just as well, and avoid side effects, by using a nicotine patch. Read more
U.S. Drug Agency To Toughen Stance On Illicit Fentanyl Analogues
REUTERS (11/09) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Thursday that it would classify illicit versions of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the same level as heroin, allowing criminal prosecution of anyone who possesses, distributes or manufactures illicit versions of the drug. Read more
Alcohol and Women’s Health: Studies Reveal Problems
NIAAA (11/30) – Increases in the prevalence of alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD) among women point to a growing adverse effect of alcohol on the health of women in the United States, according to findings by NIAAA scientists. Read more
Cigarette Smokers Are 10 Times More Likely to be Daily Marijuana Users
MEDICALXPRESS (11/30) – Daily marijuana use has been on the rise over the past decade. Now, a new found that cigarette smokers are 10 times more likely to use marijuana on a daily basis. Marijuana use occurred nearly exclusively among current cigarette smokers—daily or non-daily smokers—compared with former smokers and those who have never smoked. However, even among non-smokers, daily marijuana use is increasing, particularly among youth and female cigarette smokers. Read more
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