Why might individuals behave in ways that are known to have dire consequences for their long-term health and happiness?
Transparency is also expected from our health care providers. It’s what’s behind patient listservs and organizations that work to connect patients with each other and make health information accessible. Some say sharing session notes with patients improves the treatment of substance use disorders.
Hookah, after years of hiding in dark and smoky corners, is about to get pulled into the crossfire between two formidable forces: big tobacco and big government. Risks, regulation, and popular images of smoking waterpipes.
Here at IRETA, we’ve been thinking about patient safety in medication-assisted treatment for a number of years, and have more recently zeroed in on the issue of benzodiazepine use among methadone and buprenorphine patients. Patient education about benzodiazepines is key.
Methadone is a federally-regulated medication that, by law, is dispensed only by licensed treatment settings when used to treat opioid addiction. It has been studied exhaustively and many of its benefits are undisputed in the research literature.
Prevention of prescription drug abuse can start with education about the risk of overdose death.
Many indicators show that drug use during pregnancy is trending upward. The lack of screening, access, and coordinated care hinders the implementation of effective treatment.
Agent-based modeling simulates the interaction between people and the environment – and may offer valuable insights about preventing substance use-related harms.
Bill White has long been a champion of making knowledge about addiction and recovery available and accessible to providers and individuals with substance use disorders.
Let’s be clear: vaccines are seriously amazing. In the last century, they’ve all but eliminated wretched diseases like smallpox (nightmarish) and polio (dreadful). Here is how they work and what they might do.