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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has a page devoted to updates on state alcohol policies adopted in response to the pandemic, but it has no information on the effects of these policies, which include expanded home delivery, curbside pickup, to‐go cocktails and more....
The national association representing managed behavioral health care companies has formally weighed in on the appeal of the landmark Wit v. United Behavioral Health court ruling, arguing in a filing that the U.S. District Court overstepped its authority in ruling that UBH's coverage guidelines...
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new “practice guidelines” allowing prescribers of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder an exemption from the x‐waiver's training requirements, as long as they have 30 patients or fewer.
Miriam E. Delphin‐Rittmon, M.D., since 2015 the commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, was nominated to be assistant secretary for mental health and substance use at the federal Department of Health and Human Services by the White House last...
Central registries have existed in the opioid treatment program system for 50 years, to make sure that patients don't enroll in more than one program. They are run by the states, usually under contract. Nobody knows them better than John Phillips, co‐founder of Creative Socio‐Medics Corp. in the...
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is going to ban menthol cigarettes within the year. The decision is based on the addictiveness, not of menthol, but of the nicotine. For the same reason, the FDA banned all other flavored cigarettes in 2009. “Banning menthol—the last...
What we missed at the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) annual conference last week: Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., the deputy director at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, presented on the need for populations disproportionately affected by addiction to...
Virtual: The annual conference of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence will be held June 21‐24. For more information, go to https://cpdd.org/.
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