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Overdose crisis? Or, addiction crisis?

British Columbia has long been cited as a model for North American drug policy and harm reduction implementation. BC has established a Death Review Panel in response to the overdose crisis. The panel recently issued a report with 3 recommendations. … Continue reading

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“safely discharged”?

From a press release about newly published research. The title of the press release is Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment “Our protocol should give emergency physicians and nurses the confidence to allocate the appropriate resources to … Continue reading

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Pharma, Pharma, Pharma

MedPage Today reports on a recent NIH, NIDA, HHS press briefing. HHS Secretary Alex Azar, JD, NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) pitched the president’s opioid initiative … Continue reading

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Buying an evidence-base?

From the New York Times: It was going to be a study that could change the American diet, a huge clinical trial that might well deliver all the medical evidence needed to recommend a daily alcoholic drink as part of … Continue reading

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Naloxone a moral hazard?

From Stat: . . . a controversial new working paper has raised the question of whether the urgent push to expand naloxone access may be doing more harm than good. The paper, published online last week, aimed to estimate the … Continue reading

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“The correlation you found is very powerful”

From CNN: The CNN/Harvard analysis looked at 2014 and 2015, during which time more than 811,000 doctors wrote prescriptions to Medicare patients. Of those, nearly half wrote at least one prescription for opioids. Fifty-four percent of those doctors — more … Continue reading

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Mutual aid works, whether it’s 12 step, Lifering, SMART or WFS

The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment just published a study examining outcomes for 12 step groups and Lifering, Women for Sobriety (WFS), and SMART Recovery. The researchers described their findings this way: The present study contributes the first longitudinal, comparative … Continue reading

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“alternative endpoints”?

I caught a few minutes of the White House opioid summit yesterday and the phrase “alternative endpoints” caught my attention. That’s Alex Azar speaking. He’s the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Here’s what he said [emphasis mine]: At the … Continue reading

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Most People Who Overdose Don’t Die. Instead, They’re Ensnared In Relentless Cycle Of Worry And Chaos.

This headline is from the Kaiser Health News Morning Brief. So much better than the last couple of headlines I shared.

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