Recent legislative changes in the healthcare organization and financing through the Affordable Care Act and the Parity Act will end the past 40 years of separate and unequal resources for the treatment of substance use disorders. These changes are much needed, according to Mady Chalk and Abigail Woodworth of the Treatment Research Institute.
A new study finds people with chronic pain who received counseling from a nurse over the phone were able to reduce their dose of pain medication. The researchers say the findings suggest “telecare” could reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental overdoses.
E-cigarette makers are quickly producing new flavors to attract customers, The New York Times reports. More than 7,000 flavors are now available, with an estimated 250 new varieties being introduced each month.
Receiving text messages about binge drinking after visiting the emergency room can help young adults reduce their hazardous alcohol consumption by more than 50 percent, a new study suggests.
Almost 90,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States are due to adverse reactions to psychiatric medications, according to the Associated Press. The findings come from a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A federal law requires residential addiction treatment centers to have 16 or fewer beds in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage, The New York Times reports. The law is impeding efforts to expand addiction treatment coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
A 26-year-old woman in Tennessee has been charged under a new state law that bans taking drugs during pregnancy, according to ABC News. The woman, Mallory Loyola, is the first woman to be charged under the law.
A group of leading lung health organizations is urging governments to ban or limit the use of e-cigarettes until more is known about the devices’ health effects.
Marijuana use in Colorado has been much higher than expected, according to a new study by the state. While only about 9 percent of state residents use the drug, they are likely to use 121.4 metric tons of marijuana annually, The Washington Times reports.
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