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Barthwell: Science, Not Stigma, Must Underlie Policy

In this KevinMD op-ed, Dr. Andrea Barthwell, CLAAD co-founder and CEO of Two Dreams, along with Dr. Genie Bailey, ASAM physician, urges policy makers to look to science, not stigma, in addressing...
Posted on Jun 08, 2017
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Mandating ADFs for Canadian Prescription Opioids Could Reduce Societal Costs

The Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI) has published a study which estimates that if all prescription opioids in Canada were abuse deterrent formulations (ADFs), societal costs in the form...
Posted on May 30, 2017
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New Report Would Perpetuate the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

A new report by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) incorrectly claims that abuse-deterrent opioids provide neither financial nor societal benefits. The report focuses on how...
Posted on May 15, 2017
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Anti-Opioid Effort Will Not Be Effective Until Implementation of Broader Effort

A big anti-opioid push could be a politically viable step to take on the opioid overdose epidemic, but the effort will not be effective unless it is part of a broader effort of social and...
Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Allowing Imported Drugs Could Be Dangerous

Some members of Congress want to open up the pharmaceutical market to imported medicines, ignoring the potential outcome Maine faced when it did the same thing four years ago. In 2013, Maine...
Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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Proposed Legislation Would Help Terminal Patients Get Past the FDA Blockade

Sen. Ron Johnson recently introduced “right-to-try” legislation, which allows a terminal patient to ask a drug maker to provide a treatment that hasn’t won U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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Access to Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Critical for Pregnant Women

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that access to treatment for substance use disorders is vital for pregnant women because such treatment could...
Posted on Jan 31, 2017
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An ACA Repeal Could Worsen the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Access to treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) has greatly improved under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with millions of people gaining insurance coverage for behavioral health and other...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Pain Patients Suffer While Providers Disagree on How to Treat Chronic Pain

Health care providers have yet to reach a consensus on how to best treat patients with chronic pain in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. While some providers focus on patients’ legitimate...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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