Category results for "Addiction"

Medicaid Patients in South, Midwest Less Likely to Find Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Medicaid patients in southern and Midwestern states are less likely than those in other parts of the country to have access to outpatient addiction treatment, according to a new study.

Commentary: Rapper Macklemore Takes on Prevention

Macklemore, a 30-year-old male artist with a history of drug and alcohol use, doesn’t brag about getting drunk or high; rather warns young people about the realities behind addiction, and urges his listeners to learn from his mistakes.

Denmark Opens “Fix Rooms” Where Adults Can Use Drugs Under Nurse’s Supervision

For the past year, adults in Denmark with a serious drug addiction have been allowed to take illegal drugs in “fix rooms,” supervised by a nurse. Research suggests these drug consumption rooms can save lives, NPR reports.

Commentary: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence

When kids come into treatment, their lives are just chaotic. Parents are desperate — they don’t know what to do or where to turn. The most important thing is to bring stability into the situation, and the best way to do that is with medication, says Dr. John Knight.

Buprenorphine, Treatment for Opioid Addiction, is Also Abused

Buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, is increasingly being abused, The New York Times reports. Some for-profit buprenorphine clinics are run by doctors with troubled records, according to the newspaper.

Zohydro to be Manufactured by Same Company That Makes Addiction Medicine

The newly approved pure hydrocodone product, Zohydro ER (extended release), will be made by the same company that manufactures Vivitrol, a drug used to treat patients addicted to opioids or alcohol, The New York Times reports.

No Easy Answer to Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Experts

There are no easy answers to solving the opioid addiction epidemic, according to experts at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence annual meeting this week. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, told NBC Philadelphia a multi-faceted approach is needed.

Sons of Fathers Who Use Cocaine More Resistant to the Drug, Animal Study Suggests

A new animal study suggests male offspring of fathers who use cocaine are more resistant to the drug’s rewarding effects, compared with those whose fathers have not used cocaine.

Veterans Face Dangerous Combination of Painkillers and PTSD

Many of the more than two million veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from both pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Often they are treated with opioid painkillers, which can be a dangerous mix with mental illness because of the risk of addiction, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Commentary: We Must Do Better in Helping Veterans with Alcohol and Drug Problems

The United States did a dreadful job in recognizing and addressing the alcohol and drug problems of Vietnam era veterans. In shameful fact, a significant percent of the nation’s homeless men are Vietnam—and now Gulf War—veterans who never got the help they needed when they got home. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, we cannot allow this to happen again, says Dr. David Rosenbloom of the Boston University School of Public Health.

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