Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Opioid Response
Discussion Senator Chris Murphy highlighted that Dr. Katz is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, a new position created under the 21st Century Cures Act. She detailed for the committee the many activities SAMHSA is overseeing to implement the CARA and 21st Century Cures Act, including administering a wide range of grant streams aimed at mental health interventions and the proliferation of medication assisted treatment. She emphasized to the lawmakers the importance of greater integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment into primary care, and better training among a wide range of providers, noting the co-occurring health issues that can be addressed from an integrated approach. Senator Michael Bennet asked about the federal policy that incarcerated individuals lose access to their Medicaid coverage after transitioning out of prison. Dr. Katz agreed that when former inmates are transitioning back into society, it is a critical time for them to have access to the treatment and support services they need, but said it is a policy set by Congress and the federal government. Through her testimony, Dr. Houry described how the CDC is focused on the critical effort to prevent addiction in the first place, by funding state efforts in Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) and other data-driven prevention programs. She also highlighted the importance of CDC’s public health surveillance work, which she said helped scie...
_____ “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — William Gibson Last week we asked the question, Have you ever used–for yourself or for others–technologies or products that you think would fall into the category of brain enhancement? a) If Yes, what did you use and what lessons learned can you share? b) If No, what issues would you like to see addressed before considering doing so? Thank you everyone for your great answers and comments! They are very valuable in helping us finalize the agenda of the the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtu...
(Reuters Health) - Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money.
White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, more than six times the most recent estimate.
A lawyer asked me a couple thought-provoking questions: Lawyer: "Doctor, is there a professional consensus on the use of opioids for chronic pain?" Me: "No." Lawyer: "Doctor, has the field of pain management abandoned using opioids for treating chronic pain?" Me: "No." So, it got me thinking. What have we abandoned? How will we ever know that there is a consensus about the appropriate use of a modality based upon evidence? Everything (chiro, acupuncture, opioids, PT, psych, etc)... Abandoned Practices for Chronic Pain???
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