Pennsylvania Considers Proposals to Force Addicts into Treatment

In an effort to deal with the issue of increased heroin and opioid overdoses in the state, a groundswell of support seems to be growing for a measure that would make it legal to force people with substance abuse issues into treatment in the state of Pennsylvania. The highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate has introduced a law which, if passed, …

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Varying Painkiller Prescribing Practices in Hospitals Examined

Emergency departments and doctors’ offices are traditionally where many people get their prescription painkillers. Because of this, policy makers and healthcare officials have taken a closer look at physicians when it comes to the prescription narcotic problem in the United States. For instance, many hospitals have instituted policies where doctors do not give more than three days’ worth of opioid …

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Viewing Opioid Addiction as a Public Health Problem

One of the most challenging barriers to overcome when it comes to handling an addiction is the stigma and misunderstandings attached to being an addict. People who have substance use disorders are often viewed as poor, uneducated, minority males who are also criminals. However, this is simply not true. In fact, according to JAMA Psychiatry, the average heroin addicts are …

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Research Explains Why Cocaine Addicts Display Risky Behavior

One of the more serious, yet under-acknowledged, side effects of cocaine use is the risky behavior that can arise after using the drug. Risky behavior can include actions such as violence, theft or other crime, and poor decision making regarding sexual encounters. In fact, risky sex-related behavior is exactly what researchers investigated in a recent study. While it is certainly …

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A Case for Gender-Specific Needs in Addiction Treatment

New information may shed light on how best to help women break free of their cocaine addictions, while also highlighting the fact that treatment centers may need to develop different approaches to men and women. Traditionally, men and women enrolled in treatment programs have received pretty much the same treatment. They are detoxed the same, they go to the same …

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Employers Tackling Issue of Prescription Drug Abuse Head-on

With opioid abuse having become a national epidemic, employee benefits plans are using their resources to take on this issue, according to a survey conducted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Its results found that more than 22 percent of employers have carried out a prescription claims analysis to look for possible abuse. The IFEBP Mental Health and …

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