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Released: 26-Feb-2020 10:05 AM EST
Patients Better Informed About Health After HIV And HCV Tests That Give Immediate Results
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

When substance use disorder patients were tested for both HIV and hepatitis C virus at the same time and given the results within 20 minutes, they were far more likely a month later to indicate they had received results, compared with patients who were referred for testing services.

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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Released: 19-Feb-2020 2:35 PM EST
Battling treatment resistant opioid use disorder
Washington University in St. Louis

Similar to treatment resistant depression, there is a subpopulation of those addicted to opioids who do not respond to standard opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments. In a new paper, an addiction expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis suggests a new category for these types of patients: treatment resistant opioid use disorder (TROUD).

Newswise: Preventing opioid misuse in the rural America
Released: 6-Feb-2020 12:20 PM EST
Preventing opioid misuse in the rural America
South Dakota State University

Nearly 2,500 adolescents and adults in rural communities across South Dakota are better prepared to prevent opioid misuse through SDSU Extension’s Strengthening the Heartland Program.

Released: 6-Feb-2020 10:25 AM EST
Gaps Remain in Rural Opioid Crisis Research
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rural areas have been hit hard by the opioid crisis, but few studies have been done to understand how to improve access to treatment and reduce the overdose death rate in these communities, according to a new study by Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 5:05 AM EST
Does Simultaneous Use of Marijuana Affect Alcohol Intake and Consequences Among Young Adults?
Research Society on Alcoholism

Simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana (SAM) is common among young people, and is sometimes a deliberate choice to enhance the effects of intoxication. However, compared with alcohol use alone, SAM has been linked to a greater risk of interpersonal problems, physical and mental health issues, and road accidents. Despite this, there has been little research at the occasion level – for example, it is not known if individuals who engage in SAM drink more (or less) alcohol on the occasions when they also use marijuana, and experience more (or fewer) alcohol-related consequences, than on alcohol-only days. Researchers in Seattle and Minneapolis have conducted a new study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, to evaluate these aspects, by conducting multiple daily assessments of alcohol and SAM use among the same individuals over time. The study took place in and around Seattle in Washington state, where non-medical marijuana use is legal for those over

Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
‘Levitating’ proteins could help diagnose opioid abuse, other diseases
Michigan State University

Researchers at Michigan State University’s Precision Health Program have helped develop a fascinating new method called magnetic levitation for detecting the density of proteins in the blood that could vastly improve the rate at which diseases are detected and diagnosed.



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