Author Archives: Donna Vaillancourt

Vast Majority of Americans Unaware of Improvements in Mental Health Coverage

"The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which went into effect in Jan. 2011, mandates that insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Yet, according to a American Psychological Association survey, only 10 percent of Americans have even heard of the law." …

NIDA Brings Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Education to the Web

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is taking its efforts to bridge the gap between physician education and high-quality care of patients with drug abuse to selected medical schools, and ultimately, to the World Wide Web. …

Effective Screening: It’s How You Ask

The key to successful substance abuse screening may be changing the way healthcare providers approach patients about it. …

Slippery Slope: Assessing Costs of Risky Behavior

Putting a price tag on social ills is a common way to garner media attention, and if the numbers are scary enough, they can have a real impact on public opinion -- and by extension, on public policy. …

Ob-Gyns Urged to Screen Pregnant Women for Smoking

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued a call for all pregnant women to be screened for smoking, from the first office visit to term. …

Improving Compliance: New Long-Term Treatments for Opioid Addiction on Horizon

Compliance to daily drug regimens has been an ongoing challenge in opioid-addiction treatment, but, emerging long-term therapies may provide an effective solution. …

Light Drinking: Is There Really a ’Safe’ Level During Pregnancy?

Although a new study suggests pregnant women who drink lightly do no harm to their babies, this outcome may have nothing to do with alcohol, experts say. …