Addiction

Few Older Homeless Adults Make Advance Care Plans

Few Older Homeless Adults Make Advance Care Plans

Most have potential surrogates for decision making but have not discussed or documented ACP wishes.

Food Addiction Phenotype in Obesity Associated With Higher Risk for Mood, Anxiety Disorders

Food Addiction Phenotype in Obesity Associated With Higher Risk for Mood, Anxiety Disorders

The researchers noted that these findings highlight the complexity of obesity as a disease that shares a common etiology with some psychiatric and addictive disorders.

CDC: 'Tips' Campaign Has Helped a Number of Smokers Quit

CDC: 'Tips' Campaign Has Helped a Number of Smokers Quit

More than 9 million smokers have attempted to quit because of Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

Therapy Focusing on Mindfulness, Interoception Improves Outcomes for Women With Substance Use Disorder

Therapy Focusing on Mindfulness, Interoception Improves Outcomes for Women With Substance Use Disorder

These findings are consistent with emerging neurocognitive models linking interoception to emotion regulation and related health outcomes, providing valuable input in improving substance use disorder treatment.

Rapid Decreasing Heroin Use During Opioid Substitution Treatment Associated With Treatment Success

Rapid Decreasing Heroin Use During Opioid Substitution Treatment Associated With Treatment Success

In patients receiving opioid substitution treatment for opioid use disorder (mainly involving heroin), those exhibiting a rapid decline in heroin use were found to be more likely to have successful treatment outcomes.

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

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Electrical pulses are sent through small needles that are inserted in the ear to combat the early stages of detoxification, leading to stabilization.

FDA Cracks Down on Illegal Online Sales of Opioids

FDA Cracks Down on Illegal Online Sales of Opioids

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to 9 online companies selling illegal opioid medications on 53 websites, in direct violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

AAFP Joins Call on FDA to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

AAFP Joins Call on FDA to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

AAFP and other signatories also call on FDA to apply the proposal to other combustible tobacco products

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal

Lucemyra is an oral selective alpha 2-adrenergic receptor agonist

Helping to End Addiction: NIH Initiative Addresses Opioid Epidemic

Helping to End Addiction: NIH Initiative Addresses Opioid Epidemic

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National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced on April 4, 2018 the launch of the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative.

When patients need services that don't exist

When patients need services that don't exist

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It can be difficult to care for complex patients when they need services that do not exist.

Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

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"Safe consumption sites" are medically-supervised venues where heroin users can inject heroin in clean, safe, and medically-supervised facilities.

Surgery patients may have higher risk of opioid addiction

Surgery patients may have higher risk of opioid addiction

Researchers found that some surgery patients may face a higher risk of becoming dependent on opioids.

When a young friend overdoses

When a young friend overdoses

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Experiencing the loss of a friend brings a new perspective to working in addiction medicine.

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.

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