Sunday, October 14, 2018

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
Addiction Experts: Increasing Buprenorphine Availability Outweighs Diversion Risk
Making the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine more widely available outweighs the risk the drug will be diverted, addiction experts tell NPR. President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would increase access to the medication. Read More
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Americans Are Divided on Harms and Benefits of E-Cigarettes
A new poll finds Americans are divided about the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes. Read More
Insurers Aren’t Promoting Alternatives to Opioids Enough for Back Pain: Study
Private and public insurers aren’t doing enough to promote alternatives to opioids for back pain, according to a new study. Read More
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Fatal Doses of Fentanyl Increasingly Found in Counterfeit Medications
Counterfeit drugs sold online are increasingly being laced with fatal doses of fentanyl, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read More
Blue Cross of Massachusetts Pilot Program Provides Naloxone Training
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced a pilot program that will train people to use the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The Boston Globe reports. Read More
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