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Are Women Less Likely To Seek Help For Alcohol Abuse?

A new study found that women were significantly more likely than men to believe their alcohol abuse would resolve on its own. A recent study found that drinking affects women’s bodies differently than men—and now a new study shows that women approach getting help for drinking differently as well.

Iowa Now reported that a new study from the University of Iowa reveals blatant gender differences, and confirmed the need for gender-disparate studies on health issues. Women were significantly more likely than men to believe their alcohol abuse would resolve on its own, with 47% of women responding affirmatively versus 23% of men.

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At Bipartisan Policy Center Event, Portman Highlights Progress in Combating the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Bipartisan Policy Center event, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the progress he is seeing in Ohio and around the country in combating the opioid crisis and his efforts on the federal level by enacting the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), the 21st Century CURES Act, and the STOP Act to make a difference.  Portman made clear we cannot let up and must continue to make the federal government a better partner in this effort.  He also highlighted next steps, including his CARA 2.0 Act, that Congress should take to strengthen the federal response.

During his remarks, Portman praised a new Bipartisan Policy Center report on the federal opioid funding and the issues it identified like sustainability of funding, the need for greater state and local flexibility, and greater coordination at the federal, state and local levels.  These are concerns Portman has heard about in Ohio and he will continue to work with key stakeholders to ensure we are implementing a comprehensive approach to addressing this crisis.

Video of Portman’s remarks can be found here.

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Pregnancy and Addiction: Overlooked and Undertreated

If one needs proof that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing, look into the eyes of a woman who knows her behavior is harming her baby but still can’t stop.

With one in three individuals with opioid use disorder passing through the criminal justice system annually, court dockets across the country are overflowing with cases of illegal behavior fueled by addiction. Though such cases wrangle with the complexities of punishing individuals afflicted with what is increasingly seen as a disease that erodes free will, they are the bread and butter of the legal system.

However, the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case known as In the Interest of L.J.B. adds another level of intricacy to the court’s decision-making process. The question asked in the case—Does drug use during pregnancy constitute child abuse?—is unpleasant to contemplate, but it is one of absolute importance.

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Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

The U.S. surgeon general’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance-use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing.

Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board certified in addiction medicine.

The opioid epidemic has made this doctor deficit painfully apparent. And it’s spurring medical institutions across the United States to create fellowships for aspiring doctors who want to treat substance-use disorders with the same precision and science as other diseases.

Now numbering more than 60, these fellowship programs offer physicians a year or two of postgraduate training in clinics and hospitals where they learn evidence-based approaches for treating addiction.

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Many recovering from addiction have chronic health problems, diminished quality of life

Alcohol and other substance-use problems take enormous psychological and societal tolls on millions of Americans. Now a study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute shows that more than a third of individuals who consider themselves in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder continue to suffer from chronic physical disease. The study, published online March 20 in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, is the first to look at the national prevalence of medical conditions that are commonly caused or exacerbated by excessive and chronic alcohol and other drug use among people in addiction recovery.

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US Experts: Medicines for Opioid Addiction Vastly Underused

WASHINGTON — Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., the nation’s top medical advisers said Wednesday.

Only a fraction of the estimated 2 million people addicted to opioids are getting the medications, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The influential group, which advises the federal government, called for increased prescribing of the drugs and other changes to reduce barriers to their use.

In 2017, opioids were involved in nearly 48,000 deaths — a record. In recent years, there have been more deaths involving illicit opioids, including heroin and fentanyl, than the prescription forms of the drugs, which include oxycodone and codeine.

Government-approved medications, which include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, help control cravings and withdrawal symptoms like nausea, muscle aches and pain. Their use is backed by most doctors and medical groups. Yet they still have skeptics, especially among supporters of 12-step programs that favor abstinence-only approaches.

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Doctors raise concerns about addiction treatment rules

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Doctors in Ohio are raising concerns about rules requiring counseling for people who receive drug addiction treatment.

The Dayton Daily News reports state medical board currently requires patients to have counseling if they receive Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction. The board has proposed rules specifying which types of counseling or therapy qualify.

Some doctors and other critics say rules requiring specific counseling could limit the number of doctors treating people with addiction, and encourage some patients to avoid treatment.

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BrightView’s Amy Parker featured in WLWT article about barriers to treatment

There’s a new initiative hoping to eliminate a barrier that keeps many from getting drug treatment.

For many with an addiction, getting to a treatment center is the biggest hurdle.

“The problem that most people patients initially run into is the No. 1 barrier to treatment is transportation,” said Amy Parker, certified peer recovery specialist at BrightView.

A new program called Safe Places Cincy is looking to remove that problem and others.

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Nurses Lined Up

To Save Lives, Empower the Addiction Treatment Workforce

Imagine a young man walking into the emergency room of his local hospital one night, accompanied by his very worried siblings. They know their brother has struggled with substance use disorder related to opioids for months — maybe even years — and that his disease has reached a crisis level. The man, just like someone who goes into cardiac arrest, is in immediate need of treatment.

But while the emergency room doctors recognize the patient is at risk of a deadly overdose, they are woefully limited in how they can help. Their community hospital staff is not trained to prescribe a medication used to control cravings and withdrawal symptoms of an addiction involving opioids. The only outpatient addiction treatment facility in town is overwhelmed and not accepting new patients.

Absent adequate training and resources, the ER doctors discharge the patient with a stack of brochures and 1-800 numbers. It is impossible to know whether he will die before getting the medical care he needs.

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Medically treating opioid use disorder in prison saves lives

In Maryland, opioid overdoses now kill more people each year than guns and car crashes combined. With more than 2,000 deaths in 2017, Maryland ranks among the five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths at double the national average.

The state needs to make progress in saving lives — and fast. A terrific opportunity is the Medication Assisted Treatment in Detention Act (House Bill 116/ Senate Bill 846). This legislation would require jails and prisons in Maryland to provide access to all three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder to individuals during incarceration. With some modest improvements, the legislation, if passed, could begin driving overdoses down within a year of implementation.

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