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Top Industry News and Resources by Dr. Baker

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] I get asked quite often, “What are some resources for useful industry information?” Below are my recommendations for a variety of topics: drugs, drug abuse and prevention, recovery and rehabilitation programs, policy development, workplace drug testing and many others. National Council on...

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Medicaid Feels Brunt of Addicted Babies

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39% of female Medicaid recipients ages 15 to 44 filled an opioid prescription in a pharmacy each year from 2008 to 2012. This is compared to only 28% of women in the...

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California’s Off-Label Drug Problem

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] The California Workers’ Compensation Institute reports that more than 14% of claims with minor back injury had at least one prescription for Actiq or Fentora, with no evidence of cancer-related illness among any of the injured workers in a recent study....

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Government Survey Shows Increase of People Driving Under the Influence of Illegal Substances

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] A recently released government study indicates that while the number of individuals driving under the influence of alcohol has fallen over the past eight years, the number of people driving under the influence of illegal substances such as marijuana has increased...

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Addiction Services Double in Ohio

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Addiction and treatment services are expected to double in Ohio prisons, as 80 percent of inmates have a history of drug abuse. Ohio recorded 680 heroin-overdose deaths in 2012, up 60 percent over the previous year. There is a proposal to...

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Drug Testing Is a Key Component

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Business and rising healthcare expenditures continue to force companies to take a hard look at costs and expenses. One of those expenses is the cost of drug-related on-the-job accidents. This has led Occupational Health and Safety Magazine to recommend innovative testing...

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Utah Prison Debate

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Utah is considering spending less than originally planned on a prison re-build and funneling some of those funds toward drug treatment, education, rehabilitation and drug courts. Drug courts provide an alternative to incarceration for those who are charged with possession, not...

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Heart Disease and Drugs

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. CDC statistics show that approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease each...

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Recent Workers’ Compensation Legislation Impacts New York

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] At this year’s New York Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, Steven M. Scotti, Esq., provided an update on various aspects of recent workers’ compensation legislation impacting New York. In 2014, there were over 100 workers’ compensation bills pending, 65% of which were...

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