Workforce drug positivity rises by double-digits in almost one-third of U.S. industry sectors examined “Drug use by the U.S. workforce increased each year -- and by double-digits over two years -- between 2015 and 2017, in five of 16 major U.S. industry sectors analyzed, according to a first-ever analysis of industry-specific data from more than ten million urine drug test … [Read more...] about First-Ever Analysis Of Industry-Specific Workplace Drug Testing Data
Without the health care law, the opioid crisis could have been worse, experts say. “After a federal judge ruled Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, President Donald Trump enthusiastically praised the decision as “Great news for America!” The ruling will inevitably be appealed and most likely overturned. Should it stand, however, that “great news” … [Read more...] about Obamacare Is One Of The Best Tools We Have In Solving The Opioid Crisis
“More than half of Americans with hepatitis C are living in just nine U.S. states—five of those in a region hit hard by the opioid epidemic, a new study shows. The findings offer the latest look at the fallout from the nation's opioid crisis: It's feeding new cases of hepatitis C—a serious and potentially fatal liver infection. Overall, "baby boomers"—Americans born … [Read more...] about Hepatitis C Cases Cluster In States Hit Hard By Opioids
“Opioid addiction is an ugly beast. Addicts will go to great lengths in search of the blissful release of dopamine. With access to prescription drugs like fentanyl (which is 100 times more potent than morphine), overdoses are becoming depressingly common. And getting off opioids is no cake walk. Physically, opioid withdrawal symptoms are among the hardest to endure of all … [Read more...] about Can Methadone Lower Viral Loads?
“Office-based buprenorphine is an effective treatment for opioid use disorder; the current standard of care is to continue it indefinitely. Some patients express a desire to eventually taper off; others experience external pressures to do so. However, data are scant on the frequency and success of tapering off. In this single-site, retrospective cohort study, researchers … [Read more...] about Few Patients Receiving Buprenorphine Taper Off; Most of Those Who Do Return to Treatment