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Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

His uncle’s death shook Ostrovsky, a pediatrician appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2016. He had championed better drug treatment programs for the 74 million people on Medicaid — an increasingly uphill battle after Republicans signaled they would trim the program under President Donald Trump.

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won’t be easy.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show. Washington state saw a 5.29% rise in deaths from 2015 to 2017.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

The LEAD program was launched in Seattle six years ago. Health advocates argued that the only way to break the cycle of repeated petty crimes and arrests was to provide housing and mental health and addiction services to people who needed it most. At that time, it was the police department that was reluctant to sign up.

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

New app maps overdose epidemic in real time

The app, called ODMAP, is designed to track drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, by location, as they happen. And because the same application can be used by all state and local authorities, the resulting database is the first to support a nationwide map.

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In opioid declaration, Trump promises to speed Medicaid waivers for more beds

In declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump promised a variety of initiatives aimed at making more treatment available to people who are addicted to heroin and prescription pain pills.

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More