National Recovery Month is observed each year in September to help educate the public about the benefits of evidence-based treatment and recovery services. As this month comes to an end, we must remember that for those with substance use disorders, the path to recovery is
A new study by researchers at Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon State University revealed that 1 in 5 pharmacies nationwide refused to dispense Suboxone.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidelines easing restrictions on practitioners who prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction.
By now, you know what you should be doing to be safer and limit the spread of COVID-19, but what are you doing to take care of your mental health?
Guidance on pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder (OUD) availability in circumstances in which patients may be exposed to highly contagious infectious agents (such as COVID-19)
As prescribers attempt to prevent and even reverse the over-prescribing of opioids to reduce misuse and overdose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that some practices being attributed to its 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline) are inconsistent with
A report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that kratom, a widely available herbal supplement, was found to be the a cause of at least 91 overdose deaths in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017. Kratom, which has been
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new study1 that confirms an increase in drug overdose deaths in 2017 compared with the previous year. The study reveals that of the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, 47,600 (67.8 percent) involved opioids, representing
The use of cannabis as an alternative to opioid therapy is gaining serious consideration. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is still a federal Schedule I drug, meaning it is an illegal drug considered to have a high abuse potential and no medical use. However, acceptance
Opioid misuse and abuse is a long-standing and growing concern for workers’ compensation payers. Appropriate monitoring of injured worker compliance with a given treatment plan is an essential missing piece of the treatment puzzle. The Official Disability Guidelines and the American College of Occupational and
Opioid use disorder (OUD) can affect anyone, including infants and expectant mothers. The number of pregnant women with OUD at the time of delivery quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, from 1.5 to 6.5 per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration