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An unprecedented coalition of treatment and recovery organizations has written the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) requesting the development of “improved training platforms to replace waiver training prior to waiver...
Two New York primary care programs that offer buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) are reporting dramatically reduced wait times and other benefits from temporarily relaxed restrictions allowing initiation to treatment after a telemedicine visit. Leaders of the programs say...
In a Feb. 11 event on The Hill, sponsored by Indivior (maker of the Suboxone brand of buprenorphine), lawmakers and addiction experts discussed the problems of the opioid epidemic under the pandemic. The subject of the x‐waiver was never brought up, nor any issues of regulatory changes, even by...
Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) are promising in the reduction of opioid overdoses — at least in the only two sites in the world where they have been studied — according to a January report issued by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). The report, a literature search,...
A report from Kaiser Health News (KHN) last month found that while the pandemic has led to relapse for “thousands of recovering alcoholics,” hospitals across the nation have reported steep increases in admissions for alcohol‐related diseases like alcoholic hepatitis and liver failure. These are...
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/.
In a new chapter in the history of the American Medical Association (AMA), which might be titled “AMA vs. Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP),” the AMA sharply criticizes PROP (known for its affiliation with anti‐opioid activist and expert witness for the government Andrew...
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