Addiction

Opioid Agonist Treatment Provides Greater Benefits Than Standard of Care

Opioid Agonist Treatment Provides Greater Benefits Than Standard of Care

For patients with opioid use disorder, immediate access to opioid agonist treatment may provide cost-effective health benefits.

FDA Approval: Once-Monthly Buprenorphine Injection for Opioid Use Disorder

FDA Approval: Once-Monthly Buprenorphine Injection for Opioid Use Disorder

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The FDA has announced the approval of Sublocade for the treatment of moderate to severe opioid use disorder.

Clinton Foundation: Recommendations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Clinton Foundation: Recommendations to Address the Opioid Epidemic

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The Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, issued a report providing 49 recommendations under 10 topic areas on how to address the opioid crisis.

Higher Risk of Heroin, Prescription Opioid Overdose Death in Baby Boomers

Higher Risk of Heroin, Prescription Opioid Overdose Death in Baby Boomers

There is a higher risk of prescription opioid overdose death for people born between 1947 and 1964.

Gene Linked to Increased Risk of Nicotine Dependence Identified

Gene Linked to Increased Risk of Nicotine Dependence Identified

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Researchers identified a DNA variant—located in the DNMT3B gene—that increases likelihood of nicotine dependence. The variant is commonly found in people of European and African descent. The discovery could create possibilities into new research for nicotine addiction treatments.

Opioid Manufacturers Must Provide Extensive Training to Physicians

Opioid Manufacturers Must Provide Extensive Training to Physicians

Extensive training on opioids is now required for US doctors.

Low Opioid Use in Veterans With Recent Traumatic Brain Injury

Low Opioid Use in Veterans With Recent Traumatic Brain Injury

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Veterans diagnosed with TBI don't use opioids very often.

Decrease in WHO Drinking Risk Level Significantly Reduces Alcohol Dependence

Decrease in WHO Drinking Risk Level Significantly Reduces Alcohol Dependence

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These results support the use of reductions in WHO drinking risk levels as an efficacy outcome in clinical trials.

New Study Compares Opioid Dependence Relapse Treatments

New Study Compares Opioid Dependence Relapse Treatments

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Once a month Vivitrol was found to be non-inferior to daily buprenorphine-naloxone for preventing relapse to opioid dependence.

Buprenorphine, Methadone Combined With CNS Depressants May Lead to SAEs

Buprenorphine, Methadone Combined With CNS Depressants May Lead to SAEs

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Clinicians must be aware of strategies in order to effectively handle patients receiving these drug regimens.

Alcohol Treatment Navigator Identifies Proper Care for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol Treatment Navigator Identifies Proper Care for Alcohol Use Disorder

The NIAAA came up with a new online resource to help find care for alcohol use disorder.

Chronic Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms Occur Regardless of Social Status

Chronic Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms Occur Regardless of Social Status

In patients with chronic alcohol-use disorder, electrolyte disturbances and acid-base disorders are common.

Do Ophthalmologists Demonstrate Discretion When Prescribing Opioids?

Do Ophthalmologists Demonstrate Discretion When Prescribing Opioids?

Many ophthalmologists won't write more than 10 opioid prescriptions a year.

High Number of Drug-Poisoning Deaths Related to Opioid Abuse

High Number of Drug-Poisoning Deaths Related to Opioid Abuse

A loss of 0.28 years in life expectancy has been because of drug-poisoning deaths.

Battling the Opioid Epidemic: Do Abuse-Deterrent Formulations Work?

Battling the Opioid Epidemic: Do Abuse-Deterrent Formulations Work?

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Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations are not the most effective way to solve the opioid crisis.

Virtual Reality May Offer Solution to Opioid Crisis

Virtual Reality May Offer Solution to Opioid Crisis

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Virtual reality may help combat the opioid crisis.

FDA Allows Mobile App Marketing for Substance Abuse Treatment

FDA Allows Mobile App Marketing for Substance Abuse Treatment

The FDA is allowing the marketing of a mobile app in order to help treat substance abuse.

Seeking a Genetic Link Between Depression and Alcohol Dependence

Seeking a Genetic Link Between Depression and Alcohol Dependence

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People with an elevated polygenic risk of major depressive disorder may be at risk for alcohol dependence.

Are Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes Less Addictive in Vulnerable Populations?

Are Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes Less Addictive in Vulnerable Populations?

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A higher level of addiction is associated with cigarettes that have a higher level of nictone.

Smoking Risks for Female Adolescents with ADHD in Childhood

Smoking Risks for Female Adolescents with ADHD in Childhood

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Adolescents who had more severe ADHD symptoms as children were more likely to initiate smoking.

Pharmacotherapy for Long-Term Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Pharmacotherapy for Long-Term Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

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New pharmacotherapies in combination with psychotherapy and counseling have proven effective in preventing relapse.

High-Risk Drinking, Alcohol Use, and Alcohol Use Disorder Prevalence Increase

High-Risk Drinking, Alcohol Use, and Alcohol Use Disorder Prevalence Increase

Alcohol use and high-risk drinking were increased from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013.

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

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Frequent cannabis use was shown to be associated with an increased risk of major depressive disorder and suicidal ideation.

Genetic Factors Shared Between MDD, Alcohol Dependence

Genetic Factors Shared Between MDD, Alcohol Dependence

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Major depressive disorder and alcohol dependence share common genetic factors.

Postoperatively Prescribed Opioids Often Go Unused

Postoperatively Prescribed Opioids Often Go Unused

Opioids prescribed after surgery are often unused and improperly disposed of.

Neonatal Drug Withdrawal Risk Increased With Opioid Plus Psychotropic Drugs

Neonatal Drug Withdrawal Risk Increased With Opioid Plus Psychotropic Drugs

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Risk for neonatal drug withdrawal was substantially higher in newborns exposed to both opioids and psychotropic drugs than in those exposed to opioids alone.

Supervised Withdrawal an Option for Pregnant Women Addicted to Opioids

Supervised Withdrawal an Option for Pregnant Women Addicted to Opioids

Medically supervised withdrawal can be used as a therapy for pregnant women addicted to opioids.

New Policies Demonstrate Positive Impact on Opioid Prescriptions

New Policies Demonstrate Positive Impact on Opioid Prescriptions

Opioid prescribing can be positively impacted by a comprehensive initiative.

Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults Up Due to Medical Marijuana Laws

Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults Up Due to Medical Marijuana Laws

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Cannabis users experience negative consequences, including motor vehicle accidents, emergency room visits, and addiction.

Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors Raises Pain Management Questions

Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors Raises Pain Management Questions

There is a higher persistence rate of opioid prescribing among cancer survivors.

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