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CLAAD Opinion

Let’s Convert Fear into Meaningful Change

By Michael C. Barnes The latest drug problem sweeping America has less to do with the facts about addiction and overdoses and more to do with unbridled fear. It’s fear that is driving the...
Posted on Jun 17, 2014
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LTE: Let’s Work Together To Reduce Opioid Abuse 

In a letter to the editor of Vermont’s Time-Argus newspaper, CLAAD Executive Director Michael Barnes writes that “Safe-prescribing and abuse-prevention requirements should apply not...
Posted on May 15, 2014
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Groups Urge Vt. Governor To Broaden Zohydro Rules

CLAAD sent a letter to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin urging him to use concerns over a new opioid pain medication “as a lightning rod for change.” The American Academy of Pain...
Posted on Apr 23, 2014
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States Should Address Risks of All Controlled Substances

After a Massachusetts ban on one extended-release hydrocodone product was ruled unconstitutional, CLAAD Executive Director Michael Barnes said that more expansive opioid prescribing guidelines...
Posted on Apr 17, 2014
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Op-Ed: Meaningful Policy Must Be Comprehensive

CLAAD Executive Director Michael Barnes cautions politicians against banning a single medication in response to a broad prescription drug abuse epidemic. Barnes notes that efforts to address...
Posted on Apr 16, 2014
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Op-Ed: Demand Reduction is Essential To Reducing Rx Abuse

Efforts to ensure that only patients with medical need are supplied with powerful controlled-substance medications aren’t enough to solve the prescription drug abuse epidemic, writes CLAAD...
Posted on Apr 14, 2014
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Federal Policy Undermines Efforts To Stem Drug Overdoses and Deaths

Overdoses kill more than 38,000 Americans each year, and 22,000 of those deaths involve prescription drugs. In states that have been aggressive toward reducing prescription drug abuse, such as...
Posted on Mar 17, 2014
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CLAAD Letter to St. Joseph’s Elementary

CLAAD thanks the students of St. Joseph’s Elementary for their commitment to living substance-free. During Red Ribbon Week and every other week of the year, CLAAD urges all young people to...
Posted on Oct 21, 2013
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Op-Ed: A Chance To Lessen Drug Abuse

Government officials have the opportunity to approve an innovative new tool to help reduce opioid abuse. But, by focusing on abstinence when assessing new treatments for addiction, federal...
Posted on Aug 15, 2013
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