High Mortality Rate for Opioid Use Indicates Gaps in Healthcare System

Researchers at UCLA School of Medicine recently compiled a study monitoring the mortality rate among more than 2,500 patients with opioid use disorder in a general healthcare setting, such as a primary care physician or hospital. What they found was that the patients were seemingly slipping through the system either undetected or inadequately treated. Nearly 20% of the patients with …

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NJ Governor Renews Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made a renewed appeal for prescription drug drop-off sites to be established across the state. These sites will be dumping stations where the public can safely dispose of unused prescription medications. Leftover Medications may be used in Pharm Parties This measure was put in place to combat the practice of teens and others holding …

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Drugged Driving Deaths Outnumber those Caused by Alcohol Alone

Deaths caused by drunk driving used to be the biggest cause of accidental deaths in our country. However, in recent years, accidental overdoses have climbed to the top, and so has car crashes where one or both of the drivers were under the influence of drugs. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association is working with other groups to try and address …

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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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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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What Does a Repeal of the ACA Mean for Addiction Treatment?

Let’s face it. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) as we know it will be going away. As with other political arguments, this inevitability is met with scorn by some people and is praised by others. Right now, the only thing that is certain is that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this change, including what it means for people …

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