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Addressing numerous crises that have even included some talk of a potential closure, Vermont's largest addiction and mental health treatment organization continues to adjust to conditions that appear to be making stand‐alone substance use treatment services less supportable.
Christine M. Finnigan, after 20 years with untreated opioid use disorder (OUD), entered treatment with methadone in August 2019. Next week, she is due to enter DuPage County Jail in Illinois for 30 days for a 2016 DUI conviction. The jail and Sheriff James Mendrick have not indicated that they...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring a black box warning for benzodiazepines, which is warranted for some reasons but could cause unintended consequences, Matthew E. Hirschtritt, M.D., M.P.H., from California has warned. In addition to the new black box, which would explicitly...
Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a draft bill that was to be considered part of a COVID‐19 package on Feb. 11. The draft bill would allocate $1.75 billion to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant and would allow states until Sept. 30, 2025, to...
Last week, the Medicaid Reentry Act (H.R. 955/S. 285) was introduced in Congress The act would permit Medicaid to support essential health care for incarcerated individuals 30 days prior to release and upon reentry, providing for more coordinated care, which is especially important during the...
The National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit will be held virtually April 4‐8. For more information, go to https://www.rx‐summit.com/.
People who have been in the field for years have nothing but respect for Abraham Twerski, M.D., a Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist, who died at age 90 from COVID‐19 last month. He lived in the worlds of Torah and Talmud, psychiatry and addiction medicine, and went on to found Pittsburgh's Gateway...
Recovery Centers of America (RCA), based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is looking for nurses, therapists, and counselors, as well as recovery support specialists. In an announcement last week, Brian O'Neill, CEO of RCA, said that the “COVID‐19 pandemic has been devastating for all of us but...
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