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Medicaid Tied to Better Addiction Treatment in Pregnancy

November 24, 2017 - 9:18am
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Medicaid, Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Pregnancy and Substance Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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6 Questions You MUST Ask Before Checking into Rehab: An Interview with VH1 Addiction Counselor Bob Forrest

November 24, 2017 - 9:00am
The gentleman on the other end of the telephone line has seen the best and worst of humanity and has soared and stumbled, struggled and survived. He emerged from the throes of addiction to claim a new identity; Rehab Bob. According to his website, “Bob Forrest lived a drug-fueled life in the L.A. indie rock scene of the ’80s and ’90s as the frontman for Thelonious Monster. He was known as one of the worst junkies in Hollywood at the time. But after 24 stints in rehab, he finally got sober in 1996. Since then he has dedicated his life to becoming a drug counselor who specializes in reaching the unreachable. He’s helped addicts from all walks of life, often employing methods that are very much at odds with the “traditional rehab approach.” Now living a 180-degree ...

Why Tobacco Companies Are Paying to Tell You Smoking Kills

November 24, 2017 - 4:00am
Court-ordered ads, which will start appearing on Sunday, are “ corrective statements ” about the health risks and addictive nature of smoking. (Source: NYT Health)

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Join us December 14 for a Twitter Chat about Women and Alcohol

November 22, 2017 - 12:36pm
Why are drinking guidelines different for women than men? How do the health effects of heavy drinking differ? Where can women turn for help if they have an alcohol problem?     The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are partnering for a Twitter Chat on women and alcohol. Bring your questions for NIAAA and NCADD experts as we discuss what women need to know about alcohol and their health.  (Source: NIAAA News)

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November 22, 2017 - 10:56am
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today! Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Elaina Vitale is “Highlighting Community Outreach within the Middle Atlantic Region” – read more about her involvement with two symposiums in New Jersey, and our partnership ...

Medicaid Tied to Better Addiction Treatment in Pregnancy

November 22, 2017 - 10:11am
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 -- Pregnancy and opioid addiction are an all-too-common problem in the United States. And where you live may affect your treatment. Addicted moms-to-be are more likely to receive recommended therapy if they live in states... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

FDA, DEA running massive conspiracy to criminalize Kratom in order to protect Big Pharma's obscene opioid profits

November 22, 2017 - 4:34am
(Natural News) Federal agencies who have declared a national emergency over the burgeoning opioid epidemic are simultaneously continuing to criminalized kratom, which is a non-addictive, natural plant that has allowed scores of Americans to be weaned off their opioid addictions. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced plans to place the substance on the government’s list... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Medical News Today: Wine or beer? The differing effects of alcohol on mood

November 22, 2017 - 2:00am
How do wine, beer, and spirits impact our mood? New research suggests that different types of alcohol may be tied to distinct emotions. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Certain popular cigars deliver more nicotine than cigarettes

November 21, 2017 - 11:00pm
(Penn State) Cigars may have a reputation for being safer than cigarettes, but they may be just as harmful and addictive, according to Penn State researchers, who add that small cigars have just as much if not more nicotine than cigarettes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Alo House Recovery Centers Named Best Addiction Treatment Center in...

November 21, 2017 - 6:00pm
Alo House Recovery Centers, a state-licensed, Joint Commission accredited, residential treatment center based in Malibu, with locations in Los Angeles, CA, was recently named the best addiction...(PRWeb November 22, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14941102.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Opioid Crisis Hitting Boomers, Millennials Hardest

November 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Heroin, Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

For opiate addiction, study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox

November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Say you ’re a publicly-insured Californian with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl or prescription narcotics, and you want to quit.New research suggests you can do it the way most treatment-seeking addicts in the state do — by undergoing a medically-supervised “detoxification” that’s difficult, expensive... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

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Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions

November 20, 2017 - 4:08pm
(Reuters Health) - Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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New Analysis Estimates Cost of the Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 billion

November 20, 2017 - 10:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity. The council said its estimate is significantly larger because the epidemic has worsened, with overdose deaths doubling in the past decade, and that some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids, a powerful but addictive categ...

Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'

November 20, 2017 - 10:00am
In the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, addiction recovery may be toughest for pain patients who must find safer ways to manage their conditions (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Teens' Painkiller Misuse Linked to Dating Violence

November 20, 2017 - 8:00am
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Sexual Assault, Teen Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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'It never really leaves you.' Opioids haunt users' recovery

November 20, 2017 - 12:12am
In the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, addiction recovery may be toughest for pain patients who must find safer ways to manage their conditions (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program

November 20, 2017 - 12:00am
Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) regulations to implement certain provisions contained in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also clarifies the "any willing pharmacy" requirement, which may work to support independent community pharmacies often found in rural areas, and improve rural beneficiaries' access to specialty drugs. Comments regarding provisions of the rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January 16, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for November 28, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)

Cerveau Technologies, Inc. and Enigma Biomedical Group, Inc., sign agreement with CAMH

November 19, 2017 - 11:00pm
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Cerveau Technologies, Inc. and Enigma Biomedical Group, Inc., today announced an agreement with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario to support multiple projects over the next several years. These research projects are for studies of an early stage imaging agent (MK-6240) to be used in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans for assessing the status and progression of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Realistic rodent model of drug addiction

November 19, 2017 - 11:00pm
(Society for Neuroscience) Drug addiction may not require a habitual relationship with a substance, suggests findings from a new model of cocaine administration in rats that better captures the human experience of obtaining and using drugs. The research, published in JNeurosci, represents a step towards a translational animal model of addiction that challenges widely held views about drug users. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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