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SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AND THE AHCA: AN OVERVIEW

Although many Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for increased access to substance abuse treatment to effectively address the opioid epidemic, treatment advocates are concerned that the House of Representatives’ newly passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) will gut funding for programs to treat

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“Grey Death” Joins the Growing List of Lethal Street Drugs

A Deadly Combination of Fentanyl, Carfentanil and Heroin Grey death, the latest in an ever-evolving landscape of dangerous street drugs, is being blamed for several fatal overdoses in Georgia. Named for its resemblance to concrete mixing powder, grey death combines several powerful opioids, including heroin,

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States Take Aim at Opioid Use in Injured Workers

Concerned about the problems associated with opioids and pain treatment, workers’ compensation (WC) officials around the country are trying multiple strategies to reduce opioid use to treat workplace injuries. Many of the changes are too new to show results, but these practices may help to

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Skipping Prescriptions Raises the Price of Healthcare

Research shows that between 50 and 75 percent of Americans do not follow their doctors’ instructions for their medication. Now, a new survey of pharmacists shows that 62 percent believe the reason to be the high cost of the medicines. The pharmacists surveyed estimated that

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National Take-Back Day Is April 29

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Agency is holding its next prescription drug take-back day, its thirteenth such event in seven years. The goal of take-back programs is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and

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New Study Finds Ways to Increase PDMP Effectiveness

New research funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has determined techniques to increase adoption of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), which are considered a critical tool in fighting the prescription opioid epidemic. PDMPs are state-run databases that collect patient-specific prescription

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New Opioid Awareness Ads Pull No Punches

In response to the opioid epidemic, communities around the country are launching new awareness campaigns that depict the devastating impact of teenage overdoses from prescription painkillers. The ads are directed specifically at the family and friends of potential victims, rather than those who misuse or

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Fentanyl Deaths Continue to Rise

New data on synthetic opioids show an alarming number of overdose deaths due to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid available both as a prescription and increasingly on the black market. Currently 18 states and the District of Columbia show increases in fentanyl overdose deaths in 2015. Between

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