Addiction

Successful addiction recovery

Successful addiction recovery

Suboxone can curb drug addiction if it is used correctly.

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Research has shown that use of suboxone and methadone, in conjunction with counseling, can be effective addiction treatment.

Suboxone: the methadone of the decade

Suboxone: the methadone of the decade

One clinician feels that suboxone is not the answer to the opioid crisis.

 Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

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Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

FDA warns that misuse of antidiarrheal loperamide can cause severe cardiac events

FDA warns that misuse of antidiarrheal loperamide can cause severe cardiac events

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The FDA warns that the antidiarrheal loperamide can lead to serious cardiac events when taken in high doses.

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

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Probuphine is the first buprenorphine implant approved for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.

Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

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Patients facing addiction aren't from another planet - they're our parents, our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends.

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

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While most PAs believe that e-cigarettes are harmful to health, they need more reliable information to help inform clinical decisions.

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

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Since 2002, the number of hospitalizations due to opioid abuse and dependence has increased by 72%.

Passing on full-practice authority

Passing on full-practice authority

A reader weighs in on suboxone prescribing practices.

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

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The rate of misuse of prescription stimulants has risen among young adults despite the rate of prescriptions remaining the same.

Full practice authority and opiate use

Full practice authority and opiate use

Federal law does not allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opiate use disorder.

Risky drug use reduced by primary care interventions

Risky drug use reduced by primary care interventions

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Use of psychoactive drugs may be reduced through a combination of interactions with primary care physicians and follow-up calls from coaches.

Intranasal naloxone approved by FDA for opioid overdose reversal

Intranasal naloxone approved by FDA for opioid overdose reversal

A new formulation of intranasal naloxone - marketed as Narcan - has been FDA approved to help combat opioid abuse in the United States.

Family doctors encouraged to prescribe naloxone when necessary

Family doctors encouraged to prescribe naloxone when necessary

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests the prescription of naloxone to the family and friend of patients who are at risk of opioid overdose.

Marijuana use more than doubles among American adults

Marijuana use more than doubles among American adults

The number of Americans who admit to smoking marijuana has more than doubled in the last decade, according to a report published online in JAMA Psychiatry.

Improved prescribing practices needed to curb opioid abuse

Improved prescribing practices needed to curb opioid abuse

A comprehensive approach is needed to improve prescribing practices and ultimately reduce opioid abuse and related overdose death rates across the country.

Effective management of opioid addiction in pregnancy

Effective management of opioid addiction in pregnancy

Caring for a woman who is pregnant and dependent on opioids is an opportunity to make life-changing interventions for the sake of her health and the health of her unborn child.

Stat Consult: Opioid abuse 
or dependence

Stat Consult: Opioid abuse 
or dependence

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Learn how to identify and treat opioid abuse, withdrawal, and dependence.

Teens who use e-cigarettes are likely to use combustible tobacco

Teens who use e-cigarettes are likely to use combustible tobacco

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes have an increased likelihood of using combustible tobacco products.

Buprenorphine may benefit patients with opioid dependence

Buprenorphine may benefit patients with opioid dependence

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Emergency-department initiated buprenorphine treatment may increase addiction treatment 
and decrease opioid use in patients with opioid dependence
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New synthetic stimulant "Flakka" has adverse psychiatric effects

New synthetic stimulant "Flakka" has adverse psychiatric effects

"Flakka," a synthetic stimulant, can cause violent and unpredictable behavior.

Most Americans support raising smoking age to 21

Most Americans support raising smoking age to 21

The CDC reports that 75% of Americans supporting increasing the legal age for smoking to 21.

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Although e-cigarettes may not be considered healthy, they may be the lesser of two evils when compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Referral misses 
drug-seeking 
behavior

Referral misses 
drug-seeking 
behavior

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A patient overdoses when communication breaks down between clinicians.

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Prescription diet pills were the most popular stimulant drug misused by females, while Adderall was the drug misused most often by males.

Nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks may be safe, but may not be more effective than 24-week treatment for smoking cessation

Nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks may be safe, but may not be more effective than 24-week treatment for smoking cessation

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Quitting smoking with nicotine patch treatment for 52 weeks appears safe but may not be more effective than 24 weeks.

Gene variation linked to smoking duration

Gene variation linked to smoking duration

The average age of diagnosis was 61 years among those with the variation and 65 years for those without the variation.

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Use of a new designer drug, a synthetic version of cathinone, appears to be on the rise.

Proper screening of at-risk alcohol users is lacking

Proper screening of at-risk alcohol users is lacking

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Only a minority of primary care providers appropriately screen or intervene with at-risk alcohol users.

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