Lofexidine: Another option for withdrawal from opioids, but is it better?
Jun 6, 2018 By
The FDA recently approved lofexidine for opioid withdrawal symptoms, but it may not work better than standard treatments; however, it is a good option for people who intend to use extended-release naltrexone.
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Silent no more: Suicide is epidemic
May 23, 2018 By
The rate of suicide has been rising for two decades, alongside the increase in drug overdose deaths, yet we have been reluctant to discuss how these deaths are related and preventable. Our health care system can do better to ...
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Access to medical marijuana reduces opioid prescriptions
May 9, 2018 By
While the debate over the use of medical marijuana continues, two new studies have found that opioid prescriptions declined in states where medical marijuana is legal, and opioid overdose deaths also declined in those states.
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“Buyer beware” when it comes to addiction treatment
Apr 25, 2018 By
As the need for treatment and recovery services for substance use issues remains high, it’s important to be aware that not all facilities conduct themselves ethically. Some centers take advantage of the vulnerability of their patients to mislead or ...
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Supporting physicians’ buprenorphine waiver training, starting in the ER
Apr 11, 2018 By
With the opioid crisis continuing to claim lives, encouraging doctors to get the special training to prescribe buprenorphine in emergency departments is a step that could help many people with substance use disorders get access to an effective treatment ...
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5 myths about using Suboxone to treat opiate addiction
Mar 20, 2018 By
The medication Suboxone has helped many people who are addicted to opiates, but even within the addiction treatment community there are misunderstandings about this drug and its effects on the brain.
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6 keys to finding a high-quality addiction treatment center
Mar 6, 2018 By
With over 14,500 substance use disorder treatment centers in the United States, it is challenging to assess which ones offer quality treatment, here are 6 ways to help you evaluate them.
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How to welcome back a colleague who is in recovery
Feb 15, 2018 By
If a colleague has been absent from work for treatment of a substance use disorder, that person’s return to work may be awkward or uncomfortable, and coworkers may feel similarly. Empathy, understanding, and a willingness to listen will help ...
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Expert advice on how to quit smoking
Feb 8, 2018 By
People who are serious about quitting smoking want to know the most effective methods for doing so. For most people this is likely to be a combination of behavior strategies and medications, including nicotine replacement products that can be ...
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