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March 26, 2020
Demonstrating that the search for effective, sustainable responses to the opioid crisis has not lost momentum, a new national foundation's first request for proposals garnered nearly 450 letters of intent. The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) this month announced the 19 projects that…
March 24, 2020
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released a major update to its National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, strongly stating that other components of treatment should not function to impede access to life-saving medication treatments.
March 16, 2020
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is widely considered the gold standard for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) when combined with behavioral therapies. Yet the number of primary care providers practicing MAT remains stubbornly low. Medical providers who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine—…
March 05, 2020
Besides showing that agonist medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) strongly protect against overdose death during treatment, a newly published data analysis has found that the period after medication treatment ends carries substantial risk of mortality.
March 02, 2020
The New England and Appalachia regions have been immersed in addressing the opioid crisis for years, but by no means have found all the answers to maximizing crisis response. A multi-state initiative funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will fuel strategies for scaling…
February 21, 2020
Besides confirming its earlier reports of substantial increases in positive drug test rates for methamphetamine and rising co-occurrence of fentanyl with several drugs, the latest data from Millennium Health suggest increasing use of the highly controversial substance kratom.
February 07, 2020
Researchers who are exploring various vaccine approaches for drug addiction have reported discovering a new formulation that could have potential in addressing cocaine dependence. The vaccine has been tested only in mice to this point. Results of research into the new formulation were published…
February 06, 2020
The absence of an approved medication treatment for stimulant dependence has intensified the effort to identify existing drugs or drug combinations that could help reduce craving and improve treatment engagement. But history reminds that hype often gets ahead of scientific evidence, which is why a…
January 27, 2020
The two main conclusions of the Emerging Threats Report 2019 from the National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI) likely will not surprise many who are involved in anti-drug efforts: The trend that fueled the opioid crisis has peaked and should remain in decline, while supply and demand associated…
January 20, 2020
The serious lung injuries that have been linked with use of vaping products can often be mistaken for other illnesses, leading to the potential for dangerous progression of the disease, suggests a case report published Jan. 11 in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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