Substantial increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality have motivated the implementation of federal policies to expand the buprenorphine prescribing capacity of primary care providers and other clinicians. Using a national prescription database that covered 72–92 percent of the US population during 2010–18, we analyzed trends in buprenorphine treatment by prescriber … [Read more...] about Buprenorphine Treatment By Primary Care Providers, Psychiatrists, Addiction Specialists, And Others
The nation has seen it before: During previous economic downturns, more people died from opioid overdoses, but fewer people entered treatment for heroin addictions. “There’s likely much more use of substances that we’re not capturing right now, either in hospitals or emergency rooms or jails,” said Gary Tsai, interim director of Los Angeles County’s division … [Read more...] about A Collision of Epidemics: Coronavirus Disrupts Addiction Treatment
Instead of in-person check-ins, Arlene Brown says, counselors connect with their clients over the phone. "Now more than ever, it's important to have more communication with that patient," she said. While in the past, Brown may have each week connected with a patient once, she now talks to them two or three times. In San Francisco, Dr. Barry Zevin agrees. He’s the … [Read more...] about Getting Off Drugs Takes a Community. But How Do You Do That in a Pandemic?
All of the conditions that frequently lead to drug abuse are present: isolation, anxiety, job loss. Now the question is, how will we address it? As May comes to a close, COVID-19 had killed nearly 100,000 Americans so far this year. This must clearly remain the focus of public health policy. But there is another epidemic that used to make headlines: opioid … [Read more...] about The Coronavirus And Efforts To Fight It Could Be Fueling Opioid Deaths
The May 2020 issue of Health Affairs journal includes the article, “Self-Help Groups And Medication Use In Opioid Addiction Treatment: A National Analysis,” by Hefei Wen and colleagues. In response to world events, the editors of Health Affairs asked the authors to put their work in the context of the current coronavirus crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated social … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Pandemic Provides Opportunity To Realign Self-Help Groups With Medications For People With Opioid Use Disorder