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NAATP working on new guidelines for treatment provider quality

How can you judge the quality of an addiction treatment provider? Data on addiction treatment outcomes has always been d...

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Ibogaine offers hope — and hazards — to addicts

Among scientists and others interested in possible cures for drug addiction, one hotly debated topic has been the merits...

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Maryland counties planning needle exchanges for drug users

Six counties in Maryland are planning, or considering needle exchange programs for drug users, as a way to reduce the sp...

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New Mexico may OK medical pot for opiate addiction

New Mexico may soon become the first state in the U.S. to officially sanction the use of medical marijuana to treat opia...

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Researchers announce new drug screening method

Canadian researchers have developed a new drug screening technique that could enable the rapid and accurate identificati...

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FDA issues new warning about kratom

During the current opiate addiction epidemic, kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia, has grown in popularity as a safer al...

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Wisconsin going ahead with plan to drug test welfare recipients

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is going ahead with his plan to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied ...

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Canadian alcoholism clinic claims success with naltrexone method

A new, Canadian-based company that treats alcoholics using a controlled-drinking, medication-assisted model plans to ope...

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Telemedicine extending addiction treatment providers’ reach

In the current epidemic of opiate addiction, one of the challenges in providing treatment to people who need it has been...

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Low insurance payments hurting access to addiction, mental health services, study finds

Low reimbursement payments to mental health and addiction treatment providers is preventing fair access to those service...

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New report projects 60 percent rise in drug and alcohol deaths, suicides

Based on recent trends, about 1.6 million people in the U.S. will die from drugs, alcohol and suicides during the next 1...

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Should courts jail people for having the disease of addiction?

Is it unconstitutional to put an addict in jail for using drugs? The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is considering...

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New Buffalo drug court fast-tracks addicts into treatment

For nearly three decades, drug courts across the U.S. have provided an effective alternative to jail, by diverting addic...

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Opiate epidemic cost U.S. $504 billion in 2015, new report says

The nationwide opioid epidemic cost the American economy $504 billion in 2015, more than six times a previous estimate, ...

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Alanon: offering a way out of co-dependency

It has been well-documented that addiction is a family disease. Alcohol and drug abuse impact not only the user, but fam...

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San Francisco considering safe injection sites

The city of San Francisco, which has one of the largest populations of injectable drug users in the country, may soon be...

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Better treatments needed for opiate-addicted newborns, researchers say

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a new study to analyze treatment options for newborns with opioid wit...

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Study: only one in four addicted teens, young adults getting treatment

As opioid use disorder (OUD) has continued to increase across the United States, only one in four young adults and teena...

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Minnesota seniors find a new place to recover

For many senior citizens who need treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, one big stumbling block is that Medicare ...

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Hub-and-spoke model catching on in battle against addiction

The New England region has been plagued by the highest average rate of overdose deaths in the country. But one state in ...

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Police chiefs recommend strategies to deal with opioid crisis

In four decades of dealing with the effects of addiction, Chuck Wexler has seen a lot of changes. Wexler is executive di...

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FDA panels approve nerve stimulator, two new drugs for opiate addiction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first nerve stimulator to treat symptoms of opiate addictio...

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Senators question drug-marketing tactics

Two members of the U.S. Senate’s primary investigative body have raised questions about the marketing tactics used...

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Citing positive results, drug courts seek more funding

Last month, when President Trump’s commission on combating the opioid epidemic released its list of recommendations, one...

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DEA announces new measures to stop flow of fentanyl-like drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced new emergency measures designed to stem the flow of fentanyl anal...

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Oncologists warn of drinking, cancer connection

The fact that drinking alcohol can be a risk factor for several types of cancer is not breaking news. But the American S...

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Keeping score: will politicians ‘walk the walk?’

In recent months, members of the U.S. Congress have been “talking the talk” in regard to the country’s opiate addi...

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New college group sounds “S.O.S.” for campus opiate epidemic

After losing a close friend to an opiate overdose a few months ago, college students Gerald Fraas and Jonah Wendt wanted...

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No more playing God: When is my sponsorship off track?

It is a well-known fact that most people who enter the doors of AA fair much better in sobriety if they choose to have a...

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Researchers: stronger pot raises strong concerns

The marijuana people smoke today is much stronger than the drug they inhaled in the 1970s or 80s. Researchers say the po...

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