Category results for "Treatment"

Kentucky Medicaid Provider to Stop Paying for Buprenorphine to Treat Opioid Addiction

A Medicaid provider in Kentucky has announced it will stop paying for the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine. A doctor who prescribes the medication says the company’s decision could lead to serious complications, relapse and even overdose deaths.

U.S. Cocaine, Meth Use on the Decline, Kerlikowske Tells International Commission

Use of drugs, particularly cocaine and methamphetamine, is on the decline in the United States, according to U.S. National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske. He spoke this week at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission.

Facebook Can Negatively Affect Teens’ Substance Use Treatment, Study Suggests

Using Facebook and other social networking sites can negatively affect teenagers’ treatment for substance use disorders, a new study suggests.

Expanded Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts Did Not Increase Addiction Treatment

A Massachusetts law passed in 2006 that expanded insurance coverage did not lead to an increase in the number of state residents who received inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at state-contracted facilities, according to a new study.

Study Review Concludes Hypnosis and Acupuncture Can Help Some Smokers Quit

Acupuncture and hypnosis can be effective in helping some smokers quit, according to a review of 14 studies. These approaches may be useful for smokers who can’t quit using standard approaches such as nicotine replacement therapy, medications and behavioral counseling, Reuters reports.

Commentary: Breaking the Cycle of Drugs, Alcohol and Crime

Research shows that teens with substance abuse problems are more likely to break the law, behave violently or drop out of school. In fact, 4 out of 5 young people in the juvenile justice system commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, says Susan Richardson of Reclaiming Futures.

Quit-Smoking Drug Reduces Alcohol Use in Smokers Who Drink Heavily

The smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) can significantly reduce alcohol use in smokers who drink heavily, a new study suggests.

Researchers Use Virtual Gaming Technology to Treat Veterans’ Substance Abuse

Researchers at Duke University are using virtual gaming technology to treat substance abuse in veterans. Through a computer-generated environment, they are testing former soldiers with temptations, including alcohol and drugs.

Baby is Born Every Hour in the United States With Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

Every hour, a baby is born in the United States with symptoms of opioid withdrawal, according to a study in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

Some Emergency Departments Won’t Test for Alcohol Because of Insurance Issues

Some emergency departments do not test patients’ blood or urine for alcohol because of issues with insurance payments, Kaiser Health News reports. In more than half of states, insurers are allowed to deny payment for medical services related to alcohol or drug use.

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