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Can social media help prevent opioid abuse?

Article Excerpt: Can a social media strategy that has helped gay men combat HIV now help curb the abuse of powerful opioid drugs? That’s the question a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is asking in a pilot study highlighted by White House officials last week.

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Article Source: ScienceMag


New Technology Aims to Improve Buprenorphine Treatment in Young Adults

Article Excerpt: When addiction treatment specialist Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, found that young adults taking buprenorphine to treat their opioid addiction often stopped using the medication, he began looking for a novel way to address the problem. He is now testing an integrated mobile system that incorporates smartphone videoconferencing and a secure electronic medicine dispenser to allow young adults to take their daily buprenorphine at home, under remote supervision of a recovery coach.

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Article Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


NIDA creates online resource to raise awareness about naloxone

Article Excerpt: Responding to public demand for tools and information to help stem the growing opioid overdose epidemic, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a web section dedicated to resources about the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. The new web resource includes information about the medication, how, and by whom, it can be given, and where to obtain it. Additionally, dosage information, precautions, and the side effects of naloxone are highlighted.

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Article Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Pharma company’s app supports treatment for opioid abuse

Article Excerpt: Many of the apps that pharma companies are developing to support conditions or specific drugs and diagnostics are either only available outside the U.S. or are still being evaluated in pilot studies. A specialist drug developer rolled out an app in December to support its drug to treat people for opioid abuse. The idea is for treatment centers and physicians to dispense the app to patients.

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Article Source: MedCity News


Battling opioid dependence in the Emergency Department

Article Excerpt: Emergency departments can play valuable roles in addressing the opioid abuse crisis, according to health psychologist Edwin Boudreaux, PhD.

“The ED prescribes lots of opiates in order to help people manage their pain,” said Dr. Boudreaux, professor of emergency medicine, psychiatry and quantitative health sciences, vice chair of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMMS, and director of Behavioral Health Services at the UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus emergency room.

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Article Source: UMassMedNow


Teen prescription opioid abuse, cigarette, and alcohol use trends down

Article Excerpt: Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013 while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, use of e-cigarettes, measured in the report for the first time, is high.

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Article Source: National Institutes of Health