Author Archives: Celia Vimont

To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, Focus Less on Patient Satisfaction

Pain management education must help prescribers focus less on patient satisfaction, and more on their functional improvement, according to Sherry Green, the CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws. …

Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention: Often Overlooked at Community Level

While many programs aimed at prescription drug abuse focus on how to stop diversion of medications, an often overlooked but critical issue is preventing and treating opioid overdoses, according to a Brown University researcher. …

Study of Genetics, Environment and Alcoholism Leads to Pilot Prevention Program

Genes explain about 60 percent of the risk for alcoholism, while the environment accounts for the rest, according to an expert who has developed a pilot program to prevent high-risk drinking in college freshman. …

U.S. Military Working on Combination Anti-Heroin/HIV Vaccine

A scientist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is developing a vaccine designed to treat heroin addiction while at the same time prevent HIV infection. …

Alcohol Taxes Can Reduce Young People’s Drinking

Raising alcohol excise taxes can help deter young people from drinking, according to a leading expert on preventing drinking in youth. …

Laws to Crack Down on Serving Intoxicated People in Bars Largely Ignored

Laws prohibiting bars and restaurants from serving intoxicated people can be an effective way to reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and violence, but the provisions in most states are poorly drafted and rarely enforced, according to two experts on alcohol policy. …

Ohio River Valley Communities Respond to Opiate Crisis

Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are seeing an increase in heroin use as pain clinics known as “pill mills” have begun to shut down, making prescription opiates more difficult to obtain. Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer, Substance Use Disorders at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, says several communities in the Ohio River Valley are taking steps to fight opiate abuse. …

Internet Changing Addiction Treatment, Expert Says

Web-based programs are proving to be an innovative and powerful adjunct to addiction treatment, according to an expert on Internet treatment strategies. However, they are not meant to replace face-to-face addiction treatment, notes Paul Radkowski, CEO/Clinical Director at Life Recovery Program in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. …

Better Integration Needed for Treatment of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

People who suffer from both mental illness and a substance use disorder often receive care from two very different types of systems, creating confusion for patients, their families and clinicians, says Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). …