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Strikingly low engagement in substance use evaluation and subsequent treatment has renewed sharp criticism of Oregon's landmark 2020 measure to decriminalize personal‐use possession of illegal drugs. Although there is no indication that the state's leaders are ready to reverse course on an...
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has said that patient safety comes first, which means that Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) patients may get increased methadone take‐homes even without permission. Preemptive guidance to obtain approval from the OTP's State...
A report issued last week by the American Medical Association (AMA) on opioid overdoses summed up what physicians have already done to try to combat the overdoses and deaths, but also commented on what still needs to be done.
A white paper from Canada and the United States focuses on collaboration between the two countries on their commitment to deal with the overdose crisis. “Substance Use and Harms During COVID‐19 and Approaches to Federal Surveillance and Response,” issued Sept. 27, states that the increase in...
Last month, Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), joined a group of prominent leaders in announcing the formation of a new federal drug policy organization for which he will serve as CEO. In announcing the establishment of the Foundation for Drug Policy...
Naloxone, a drug which rescues opioid overdose victims, is expensive, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it possible for more groups – specifically harm reduction organizations – to buy it in bulk. From the announcement.
The National Harm Reduction Conference will be held Oct. 13–16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, go to: https://conference.harmreduction.org/
Lack of media attention to alcohol may lead drinkers to keep drinking or to drink more, according to Maggie Ginsberg, the author of a new novel, “Still True.” Alcohol is “the air we breathe,” Ginsberg, who is in recovery, told Wisconsin Public Radio last week. She would have gotten help for her...
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