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On hearing the term substance abuse, one is usually reminded of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription opioid abuse. However, the spectrum of substance abuse is not so limited. Surprisingly, the abuse of household inhalants like toilet cleaners, hair spray, paint thinner, gasoline, glue and others also falls under the ambit of substance abuse. And sadly, […]

Report shows sharp decline in number of opioid prescriptions filled in US

The overall number of opioid prescriptions filled by mail and retail-order pharmacies has seen an average decline of 8.9 percent across the U.S., according to reports related by a health data firm. The new report by the IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science showed the biggest drop of 12 percent in total doses of prescription […]

Contingency management therapy makes addiction treatment easier during pregnancy
02-16-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are conditions that lead to a clinically significant impairment caused by the chronic abuse of any form of addictive substance, like alcohol, drugs, etc. Given the adverse impacts of substance abuse, the development of more effective treatment approaches for SUDs has become a critically important public health priority. The contingency management […]

People overdosing on opioids may suffer from memory loss

In 2012, when a 22-year-old man showed up at a hospital in Boston suburb complaining of memory loss and extreme confusion following a possible opioid overdose, doctors were quick to diagnose him with an inability to form new memories, known as anterograde amnesia. The lead neurologist, who examined the man at that time, observed something […]

SB 636 – the bill that can deal with patient brokering in California
01-30-18 Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment

Imagine a person addicted to drugs being taken to a substandard facility instead of providing the best rehabilitation treatment available, which leads to the deterioration in his or her condition. Probably, it happened because the person guiding the addiction patient was actually a “broker” who had received a hefty commission for the referral to that […]

01-25-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently informed that it had modified a regulation to permit more healthcare workers, especially in rural areas, to prescribe medicines for treating opioid addiction. Considering the fact that rural America faces a shortage of doctors, the move is being seen as an important step in fighting the ongoing […]

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Dual diagnosis common among trafficking victims
01-10-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

Dr. Jared (name changed), the emergency department (ED) resident physician at a Los Angeles hospital, was perplexed to see a young horrified Mexican woman, Carmen (name changed), bleeding profusely. The 24-year-old was gasping for breath while she uttered a few words in Spanish. The fact that she was pregnant further aggravated her condition. The man […]

Highlights 2017: Tracing Trump administration’s key 2017 health care policy announcements

The year 2017 was a tumultuous year with regard to health care reforms in the United States. In July 2017, the seven-year Republican endeavor to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failed in the Senate due to lack of a suitable replacement. Many termed this effort a “skinny repeal.” After numerous failed attempts, in September […]

Abuse of sedatives and tranquilizers a precursor to future drug use, finds study
12-18-17 Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Alcohol

Misusing sedatives or tranquilizers could lead to the future abuse of more dangerous substances, suggested a recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health. The researchers analyzed national data of more than 35,000 American adults during their first one-year period, referred […]

Addiction treatment centers on verge of closure after Health Net refuses to foot patients’ bills
12-15-17 Category: Addiction Treatment, Recovery, Treatment

Patients receiving treatment for substance abuse in California are a disgruntled lot because Health Net—an insurance provider that offered the best coverage for addiction treatment—has refused to pay for their treatments anymore. The acrimonious tussle between the insurer and treatment providers has been going on for quite some time now, leaving the patients uncertain of […]

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