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Study Shows Few Receive Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addictions

Study Shows Few Receive Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addictions

A new study is showing that medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder is being vastly under-utilized. The report can be found in JAMA Network Open[i] and was authored by researchers from the Rutgers School of Public Health and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. While medication-assisted treatment for opioid…

Adolescents and Life Lost to Opioids

Adolescents and Life Lost to Opioids

Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine have just published a study calculating the years of life lost in years by young people who have died from a drug overdose. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at 3,296 teens ages 10-19 and 21,689 people…

Fentanyl Death of Seventh Grader Leads to Calls for Change

Fentanyl Death of Seventh Grader Leads to Calls for Change

In early January 2022, a 13-year-old seventh-grader in Hartford, Connecticut, died from a fentanyl overdose. Some 40 bags of fentanyl were later found at the school. His death is being blamed in part on the fact that school officials in Hartford are poorly trained to identify the signs of an…

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Dangerous Street Drug?

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Dangerous Street Drug?

Addiction specialists, medical providers, and law enforcement are constantly on the lookout for the next new and dangerous designer drug. They maintain this vigilance, hoping that catching it soon after its release onto the streets will save lives. Researchers at the University of Alberta are trying to go a step…

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Childhood Trauma and Opioid Abuse

Research has pointed to the connection between opioid abuse and childhood trauma for some time. One study, published in 2009 in the Journal of Addictive Diseases found that among those seeking treatment for opioid abuse (a consecutive sample of 113 participants) “20.4% reported having experienced sexual abuse, 39.8% reported having…

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