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Substance Use Disorders Webinar Series

July 20, 2017 - 8:59am
Register today for this 4-part webinar series, sponsored by NER! Participants may attend any or all sessions in the series. Each webinar has a specific focus within the substance use disorder field, and will provide a professional perspective that combines research and/or evidence-based information, along with personal experience to further understanding of the opioid health crisis. Presenters will share what they have learned by being involved on the front lines of addiction and treatment. Participants may be eligible for MLA CE, pending course approval. Registration is required. Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter August 3, 2017 1:00-2:00 PM ET Details and Registration Despite recognition of addiction as a health condition, terminology used in both layperso...

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Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

July 20, 2017 - 6:52am
A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.(Image credit: Leonard Lessin/Getty Images/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

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Public Inspection: SAMHSA: Meetings: Center for Mental Health Services

July 20, 2017 - 12:00am
Pre-publication meeting announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC will convene in both open and closed sessions on August 10, 2017, and continue the open session on August 11, 2017. Agenda topics for the open portion of the meeting include a discussion on CMHS' policy issues, co-occurring mental illness and opioid addiction, faith-based approaches, and more. The meeting may be accessed in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for July 21, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)

Opioids and obesity, not 'despair deaths,' raising mortality rates for white Americans

July 19, 2017 - 11:00pm
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Drug-related deaths among middle-aged white men increased more than 25-fold between 1980 and 2014, with the bulk of that spike occurring since the mid-1990s when addictive prescription opioids became broadly available, according to new CU Boulder research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Study finds aboriginal community with strong ethno-cultural identity and connection to the land has lower suicide rates

July 19, 2017 - 11:00pm
(University of Guelph-Humber) A University of Guelph-Humber funded study investigating mental health perceptions and practices of an aboriginal community in northern Ontario, and its significantly lower rates of mental health services utilization and suicide, suggests that a strong ethno-cultural identity and connection to the land are significant factors to positive mental health outcomes in this region.The study findings are published in the August 2017 edition of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

What It Feels Like To Be An Opioid Addict

July 19, 2017 - 4:13pm
I'm a behavioral pharmacologist and former addict. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

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Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ontarians with opioid addiction: study

July 19, 2017 - 1:50pm
A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Small number of physicians account for majority of the drug prescriptions used to treat people battling opioid addictions, study finds

July 19, 2017 - 11:41am
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NIH-funded mouse study sheds light on neural risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure

July 19, 2017 - 10:57am
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Dr Richard Piper appointed new CEO of Alcohol Research UK

July 19, 2017 - 3:27am
Alcohol Research UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Piper as its new Chief Executive with effect from September 2017. Richard, former Chief Executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, 13 of them as a director, CEO and trustee. His career includes seven years at NCVO and most recently 18 months as Director of Impact Transformation at Mencap. He is currently a trustee of the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association and the Royal College of Nurses Foundation. Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as our new CEO. He has a particular strength in developing strategic vision and optimising impact and he joins us at a time of major change as w...

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Study looks at physicians who prescribe methadone

July 18, 2017 - 11:00pm
(St. Michael's Hospital) A small number of physicians prescribe the majority of the drugs used to treat people in Ontario who are battling opioid addictions, a new study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Co-founder of Purdue Pharma dies at 97

July 18, 2017 - 6:52pm
The co-founder of Purdue Pharma, a Connecticut company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin, has died at age 97 (Source: ABC News: Health)

When Your Parents Are Addicted To Painkillers

July 18, 2017 - 1:53pm
Skip the intervention and rehab threats. Here's how to really help the growing boomer demographic in America's opioid epidemic. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

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Easing Opioid Dose May Improve Pain and Quality of Life

July 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
Slowly lowering the drug amount also helps people get off the medications, study author says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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PHMC & Treament Research Institute joining forces

July 18, 2017 - 10:27am
Public Health Management Corp., in a move to expand into the treatment of substance abuse disorders, is merging with the Treatment Research Institute. Financial terms of the deal involving the nonprofit organizations, both based in Philadelphia, were not disclosed. Founded in1992 by A. Thomas McLellan, Treatment Research Institute is a research, development and policy organization focused on finding evidence-based approaches to treat people wit h alcohol and drug addictions. “PHMC is always looking… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Quarter million people taking benzodiazepines for more than a year

July 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
More specialist services needed in community to tackle addiction, especially to prescribed medicines Related items fromOnMedica Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs Anxiety/insomnia pills not linked to dementia Be careful when prescribing benzodiazepines, doctors warned Greater overdose risk when opioids combined with benzodiazepines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

National addiction-treatment center opens first Milwaukee-area clinic

July 17, 2017 - 5:03pm
A fast-growing, venture capital-funded national chain of addiction-treatment centers opened its first Milwaukee-area location with plans for three or four more in southeast Wisconsin by 2018. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Ohio family speaks out about son's recovery from addiction

July 17, 2017 - 4:03pm
Bill and Eileen Alley spoke with CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil about the addiction that nearly killed their son, David (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Opioid crisis prompts extreme proposals

July 17, 2017 - 12:15pm
CBS News gets a first-hand look at problem overwhelming Middletown, Ohio, where one councilman warns addicts: "We might not show up to treat you" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Medicaid and the Opioid Epidemic: Enrollment, Spending, and the Implications of Proposed Policy Changes

July 17, 2017 - 11:06am
This issue brief provides information on the number of Medicaid enrollees with opioid addiction, Medicaid spending on these enrollees, and the implications of the BCRA as states work to combat this public health crisis. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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