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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 7, 2018


We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives.

The study suggests a comprehensive approach is needed — one that goes way further than what America has done so far.
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How the opioid crackdown is backfiring

Hundreds of chronic pain patients responding to a POLITICO survey describe being refused opioid prescriptions they had relied on for years with sometimes devastating consequences.
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Gaps in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Referral Process: Provider Perceptions

The demand for substance use disorder treatment is increasing, fueled by the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act mandate to treat substance use disorders.
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For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting — and increasingly hard to find

Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent's nightmare. But, especially if the child is still a minor, that realization is often coupled with another overwhelming question:  Where can you turn for help?
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Tech offers help to fight opioid addiction

Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Vancouver can appear to be the perfect city. It’s shocking to find this image shattered by a drive along the city’s East Hastings Street – where hundreds of people are on the street, many smoking crack pipes or shooting up openly.
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He lived in a crack house. Now he's guiding people out of addiction, with meditation

Vinny Ferraro makes his way to a chair at the front of a dim, chatter-filled room. Most Friday nights in San Francisco, he leads a meditation and an open discussion group session. And tonight is that night.
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How the Smallest State is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Rhode Island inmates get opioid replacements while they’re locked up and it seems to be keeping them from overdosing when they get out.
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How Can We Better Support Physicians in Addressing the Opioid Crisis?

A recurring theme I and many other addiction researchers and professionals keep reiterating is the treatment gap: the underutilization of effective treatments that could make a serious dent in the opioid crisis and overdose epidemic.
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