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Sentences to ponder

Food for thought from Keith Humphreys. Something to watch in the opioid lawsuit discovery phase: Names of all the clinicians, journalists, commentators, advocacy groups, blogs, twitter accounts, and think tanks the opioid manufacturers covertly fund to carry their water. — … Continue reading

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Food for thought on the cyclical nature of drug trends

First, an historical perspective from Bill White: Most drug epidemics don’t simply disappear: they transform themselves into something else. For example, periods of excessive stimulant use are often followed by periods of rising alcohol, sedative and opiate use. There are … Continue reading

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Recovery dialects

Variations of this infographic are making the rounds. I’ll offer 2 warnings: I’d be very cautious about telling mutual aid groups what they should and shouldn’t say within their communities. (Or outside them, for that matter.)It’s one thing to recommend … Continue reading

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Study of Long-acting buprenorphine published–17% respond

A new JAMA study concludes, “Long-acting buprenorphine depot formulations appear to be efficacious for treatment of opioid use disorder.” Keep reading. They compared the effectiveness of sublingual (oral) and long-acting injections of buprenorphine to see if the long-acting injections are … Continue reading

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What would things look like if we believed they could recover?

Over the last week, there have been two noteworthy stories on supervised injection sites. NYC planning supervised injection sites The first story was in the New York Times and reported on NYC considering supervised injection sites and looking to Toronto … Continue reading

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Why is fentanyl use becoming widespread now?

Mark Kleiman responds to the question, why is fentanyl use becoming widespread now? He describes the increase in availability of prescription opioids and the role of price in leading users to transition to heroin. Then, he describes the expansion of … Continue reading

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Recovery is good business

CNN Money has a pretty inspiring story: This past winter, John Stroup had a problem. Roughly one out of 10 applicants for jobs at his factory in Richmond, Indiana, had failed their drug tests, disqualifying them for employment at the … Continue reading

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“Legalize Pot, But Don’t Normalize It”

A typically thought provoking take from Tyler Cowan: I propose that cities and suburbs restrict the sale and usage of marijuana to the same areas we use for garbage disposal and other “zoned out of sight” enterprises. We needn’t throw … Continue reading

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The treatment hustle makes Last Week Tonight

This weekend, John Oliver spent nearly 2o minutes describing several of the treatment industry’s biggest hustles. Is this a sign of the times? Maybe, but it’s not new. In Recovery Rising, Bill White describes the business landscape in the 1980s: … Continue reading

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Blue Care Network of Michigan tests new opioid treatment with 2 mental health facilities

Why is BCN launching these pilots? “Cost is one factor. We also look at quality of life. Our goal is to help people stay well,” said Beecroft, a psychiatrist, geriatrician and substance abuse specialist. “We have looked at return on … Continue reading

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