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Released: 25-Mar-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Study indicates vaporized cannabis creates drug-seeking behavior
Washington State University

Rats with regular access to cannabis seek more of the substance and tend to show increased drug-seeking behavior when cannabis is absent.

Newswise: Saint Louis University Forms Missouri’s First Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Released: 5-Mar-2020 12:10 PM EST
Saint Louis University Forms Missouri’s First Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Saint Louis University School of Medicine is tackling the country’s opioid abuse crisis by training community physicians to recognize and treat addictions.

Newswise: Electronic Medical Record-Embedded Clinical Decision Support System for Opioid Prescribing Shows Mixed Outcomes
Released: 4-Mar-2020 4:05 AM EST
Electronic Medical Record-Embedded Clinical Decision Support System for Opioid Prescribing Shows Mixed Outcomes
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of new research showing mixed clinical results of an electronic medical record-embedded clinical decision support system for opioid prescribing.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 12:50 PM EST
Outreach effective in connecting people who have opioid use disorder with long-term treatment
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Proactive outreach, including knocking on the doors of individuals who recently overdosed on opioids, can be an effective way to engage more people who have opioid use disorder with long-term care, according to researchers at UTHealth.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 6:00 AM EST
Opioid Risk Reduction Program Helps Reduce Suicide Rate at VHA Facility
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

A reduction in suicides among patients at a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility may be due to a multispecialty opioid risk reduction program that included addiction management treatment, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Newswise: Behavioral treatments vs. opioids: a UAlbany health psychologist surveys chronic pain sufferers
Released: 28-Feb-2020 3:35 PM EST
Behavioral treatments vs. opioids: a UAlbany health psychologist surveys chronic pain sufferers
University at Albany, State University of New York

Chronic pain, a disabling health condition that affects 50 million to 116 million Americans, is often treated with opioids, despite little evidence of long-term benefit and risks of addiction and overdose. Do patients know their options beyond opioids? Are doctors telling them?

Released: 26-Feb-2020 2:00 PM EST
Use of Naloxone To Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Explored in New Book
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Naloxone, a life-saving drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdose, should be in every first-aid kit and medicine cabinet. That is the conclusion Nancy Campbell reached after years of research and dozens of interviews with scientists, drug users, and activists in the United States and abroad.

Released: 25-Feb-2020 4:15 PM EST
Medication Treatments Led to 80 Percent Lower Risk of Fatal Overdose for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder than Medication-free Treatments
NYU Langone Health

Patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) receiving treatment with opioid agonists (medications such as methadone or buprenorphine) had an 80 percent lower risk of dying from an opioid overdose compared to patients in treatment without the use of medications.

Newswise: PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic
Released: 24-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), researchers conducted an online survey of 362 Pennsylvania school nurses (elementary, middle, and high school) to better understand how they have a supply, administer, and perceive storing naloxone in their schools. The results illustrate that though many nurses have a supply of naloxone in their school, important barriers to access and use of this life-saving medication still exist.

Newswise: It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Released: 20-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Iowa State University

The motivation to start cooking meth is often driven by addiction, but a new study takes a closer look at the reasons cooks engage in this criminal behavior and come to see it as a job. Researchers say the work offers insight that can help with the development of prevention and rehabilitation efforts.


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