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The slow but steady progress the state of Vermont is making in expanding access to medication‐assisted treatment in its corrections system illustrates both the progressive leanings of state leaders and the persistent challenges of achieving a cultural shift in any criminal justice system.
Colorado got $15 million a year for two years for the SOR (State Opioid Response) grants — nearly double what the state received for the STR (State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis) grants, at $7.8 million a year for two years. The state has been working hard to battle the stigma against...
One of the provisions of H.R. 6 (the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act) signed by President Trump last month is temporary repeal of the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for Medicaid, for substance use disorders (SUDs) only. The decades‐old IMD exclusion prohibits federal...
It's essential to pay attention to other substances, even in the midst of an opioid epidemic, especially when stimulants such as cocaine are being mixed with illicit fentanyl, which is responsible for the huge increase in overdose mortality.
Legalizing cannabis has resulted in an increased use of vaping and edibles, which may be particularly appealing to young people. Whether these alternative methods of consumption magnify or mitigate the developmental harms of cannabis use is not known. Researchers wanted to find out whether legal...
The 42nd annual Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse conference will be held Nov. 8–10 in San Francisco. For more information, go to https://amersa.org/conference/conference‐registration/.
There are things happening at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — probably best summed up as turnover, but considering that the new administration is halfway through its term, it's confusing that there is such little information. Chideha Ohuoha, M.D., M.P.H.,...
For decades, Herbert Kleber, M.D., had been one of the country's most important researchers in substance use disorder treatment. He died last month of a heart attack while on vacation in Greece with his family. He was a pioneer in addiction treatment, focusing on the need for evidence in the...
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