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A sign‐on letter spearheaded by the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA), and harm reduction groups, including the Urban Survivors Union (USU) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is calling for reducing restrictions on methadone and opioid treatment programs (OTPs), so that...
Having worked for two decades in emergency medicine, Scott Weiner, M.D., M.P.H., has seen the stark contrast with which the system treats overdose victims and others who present for lifesaving care. A typical overdose patient may get stabilized, sent to the clinic hallway, and left to leave...
The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) says residential substance use disorder (SUD) programs should treat patients with COVID‐19 virtually, not in person. The organization also says to screen new patients by phone before admission and upon arrival, screen current patients and staff,...
Because of COVID‐19 social distancing, many people are unable to go to in‐person recovery support meetings, or to treatment. There's not a lot of evidence about telemedicine and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, because telemedicine is so recent, said Chelsey Cusimano, executive...
If there will be a Phase 4, as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D‐California) has promised, of stimulus money to help America cope with the fallout from COVID‐19, the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field hopes to get some of it this time. Publicly funded SUD treatment and prevention got nothing —...
Cancelled, going virtual: The annual conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine will be held April 2–5 in Denver. For more information, go to https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/ASAM/.
It took “the apocalypse,” as Bill Stauffer of PRO‐A calls COVID‐19, to get 42 CFR Part 2 past its few stalwart defenders (see “CARES Act eliminates most of 42 CFR Part 2,” ADAW April 6, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adaw.32678). Considering the opposition was mighty — treatment,...
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