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National Institutes of Health officials have outlined additional details on the HEALing Communities Study, a multi-year initiative that will attempt to address gaps in efforts to reach the communities that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic and provide evidence-based interventions for OUD.
Positive tests for non-prescribed use of fentanyl and opioids, as well as heroin, increased during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently published study of nearly 900,000 de-identified lab results conducted by Quest Diagnostics. Use of fentanyl in combination with other drugs also surged.
Early data from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation suggests that virtual intensive outpatient services have been as effective as on-site IOP treatment, a promising development as providers have moved many operations to virtual platforms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patients with a recent substance use disorder diagnosis were found to have a significantly higher risk of developing COVID-19, according to findings in a recent study that was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It's normal for a pandemic to propagate fear in both adults and children or manifest confusion or anger. However, when these feelings don't go away, adults, children and front-line workers may have PTSD. Here’s what to look for.
In this video, Robert Rymowicz, DO, of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses food addiction, how highly processed foods affect the brain, and treatment strategies.
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