Category results for "Addiction"

Opana’s Popularity Illustrates Challenge of Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

The rise in popularity of the painkiller Opana illustrates the challenges facing law enforcement authorities, addiction specialists and pharmaceutical companies trying to tackle prescription drug abuse, USA Today reports.

Ohio Law Allows Involuntary Addiction Treatment, if Families Pay Up Front

An Ohio law that recently went into effect in Ohio allows families to seek involuntary addiction treatment for a loved one—if the family agrees to pay for it.

Advocacy Group: Educate State Lawmakers About Benefits of Addiction Coverage

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month on the Affordable Care Act is a victory for people with substance use disorder and mental health needs, according to the Legal Action Center, an advocacy group that provides legal assistance to people in recovery or still suffering from addiction. But much work remains to be done at the state level to assure adequate coverage, the group says.

CDC: One-Third of Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths Caused by Methadone

Methadone causes 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some doctors are now prescribing methadone to treat chronic problems such as back pain, which is making the drug more widely available.

Supreme Court Decision “Extremely Uplifting” for Substance Abuse Field, Expert Says

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is extremely uplifting for the substance abuse field, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute and former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Congressmen Argue Insurers Decrease Coverage for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Three current members of the U.S. House, joined by two former members, argued this week that health insurers are trying to take advantage of customers by decreasing coverage of mental health and addiction treatment.

Addiction: Misunderstood, Greatly Undertreated, Report Finds

Only about one in 10 people who need treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol receive it, according to a new report. Many who do receive treatment do not receive evidence-based care, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Hearings to Focus on Implementation of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 has been slow, but there are small signs of progress, according to a coalition that aims to ensure that the law is properly enforced.

Opioids’ Side Effects and Risk of Addiction Related to Genetics, Twin Study Finds

A study of twins suggests that genetics plays a major role in whether a person taking opioids is at increased risk of addiction, or will suffer unpleasant side effects from the drugs.

More Florida Baby Boomers Entering Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

A growing number of Floridians in their 50s are entering publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs, according to a new report.

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