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Policies that allow local authorities to conduct “sweeps” to force relocation of individuals experiencing homelessness can have dire consequences, including decreased initiation of medication treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and increased overdoses, a new study suggests.
Prescribers can spend hours trying to find a pharmacy that has buprenorphine — especially in rural areas. This is not a new problem, and in fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) convened a meeting about it last August. A report was supposed to have been...
Carl Varney and Shannon Hall — two men from eastern Kentucky with severe opioid use disorder (OUD) in the past — praised their recovery at Teen Challenge, a Christian faith‐based, abstinence‐based treatment program. We don't hear enough about this aspect of treatment, which, although...
“All three medications” to treat opioid use disorder must be available in federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities, said Yngvild Olsen, M.D. at the Rx and Illicit Drug Summit last month in Atlanta. Olsen, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at the Substance Abuse and...
Only 1 in 5 patients started on buprenorphine treatment were retained for at least 180 days from January 2016 through October 2022, a recent study has found. During that same period, the monthly initiation rate at first increased, and then flattened (prior to the COVID‐19 epidemic). The study,...
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has called on the state National Guard and the California Highway Patrol to help fight the “fentanyl crisis” in San Francisco, targeting mainly the Tenderloin, a part of the city that is an open‐air drug market (stay tuned, ADAW will be going on a tour of the...
The 2023 American Psychiatric Association conference will be held May 20‐24 in San Francisco, California. For more information, go to https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/meetings/annual‐meeting
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