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Hearing titled " Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment & Recovery "

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Hearing on the opioid epidemic from December 2017. Speakers include Patrick Kennedy of the President's Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Dr. Francis Collins of the NIH, and Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz of SAMHSA.
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U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 11/30/2017 This two-hour, 30-minute Congressional hearing discusses the current opioid crisis, with providers, public safety officials, and state health officials who are on the front lines fighting the epidemic, speak to what is happening on the ground, and what more Congress can do to help them address the crisis. Topics include Rhode Island's Strategic Plan to Address Opioid Addiction and Overdose, which recommended specific, evidence-based strategies in four areas: prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery. (Video or Multimedia)
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Brookings Institution. 11/03/2017 These presentations and panel discussion focus on how public policy can address the opioid epidemic. Speakers discuss the underlying issues that contributed to the opioid crisis, increased rates of alcoholism and suicide among certain segments of the American population, and the report of the President's Commission on Combatting Opioid Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. (Video or Multimedia)
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On December 5, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the opioid epidemic and the possible role that Congress could play in the prevention, treatment, and recovery. Senator Roy Blunt, the Subcommittee Chairman, opened the hearing by discussing the fact that overdose related deaths outnumber the deaths at the peak of the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Overdose deaths have also overtaken automobile accident fatalities to become the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Senator Blunt also spoke about the three propos...
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Recently, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new policy to allow states to design demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). This new demonstration policy responds to President Trump's directive and provides states with greater flexibility to design programs that improve access to high quality, clinically appropriate treatment. In addition to the new policy, CMS announced an immediate approval of both New Jersey and Utah’s demonstration waivers under the new policy. Through this updated policy, states ...
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Abstract Addressing the global obesity epidemic requires innovative approaches that are also acceptable to affected individuals. There is growing evidence suggesting that food addiction, one contributor to obesity, bears many similarities to drug and alcohol addiction, presenting a potential role for addiction-focused acupuncture as a novel treatment modality. In this perspective article, we begin by briefly reviewing the evidence linking food and drug/alcohol addiction. We then describe the development of an acupuncture-based protocol for treating opioid addiction in Hong Kong in the 1970s and discuss the evidenc...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies.
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BACKGROUND: Opioid addiction and overdose are epidemic in the U.S. Victims of traumatic injury are at greater than average risk for opioid misuse and related complications. Potential risk screens and preventive interventions in this clinical population rem...
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As marijuana legalization and the opioid epidemic sweep across the country, new research is breathing fresh life into the perennial debate.
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Recently, Representative Bob Latta introduced a bill into the United States House of Representatives. The bill, known as the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl and Opioids (INFO) Act, is intended to help create a public electronic database of information and strategies to combat the opioid crisis. The information in the database would be used to help federal, state, and local officials develop the most effective strategies to prevent addiction, treat those that are addicted, and keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. The INFO Act would also track federal funding being used to combat the epidemic. The bill re...
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