Salt Lake County has a new strategy to combat the opioid crisis from inside the county’s jail. The new approach seeks to address the opioid epidemic by administering medication designed to treat addiction and providing patients with substance abuse counseling while they are in jail custody. “Not only is this intervention the compassionate thing to do, it’s the cost-effective … [Read more...] about Salt Lake County Program Aims to Combat the Opioid Crisis from Inside Jail
Salvador Ceniceros, a psychiatrist on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, took a break between seeing patients the other day to reflect. He’s finally gaining traction at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, which gives him a sense of urgency to speak his mind. Since July 2018, Jordan Valley, which has nine clinics in southwest Missouri that offer medical, dental and other … [Read more...] about ‘A Different Way’: Walk-in Clinic Sees Success Treating Opioid Addicts with Medication
Local leaders got their first look at a new opioid treatment clinic in East Bremerton that could open by the end of the year. On a tour Monday, BAART clinic staff showed a group of Kitsap law enforcement officers, county officials and elected leaders the soon-to-be-open facility, which will provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. The clinic’s … [Read more...] about An Inside Look Inside Kitsap’s First Methadone Clinic
Although the SAMHSA buprenorphine practitioner locator is used by patients and providers to locate treatment options, only a small portion of clinicians in the database ultimately offered initial appointments, implying that the database is only marginally useful for patients. Source: Journal of Psychiatric … [Read more...] about Availability of Buprenorphine Treatment in the 10 States With the Highest Drug Overdose Death Rates in the United States
For older individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) resulting from treatment of chronic pain, buprenorphine may be a safer pain management alternative, new research suggests. Results of the review show that in general, there is evidence to support the use of buprenorphine in older patients. It is well tolerated, it has few side effects, and it can improve pain control, … [Read more...] about Buprenorphine a Safer Alternative for Opioid Use Disorder, Chronic Pain in the Elderly?