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THE DAILY BEAST (05/09) – Relapse is the biggest challenge to addicts in recovery, and the Sober Grid team knew via anecdotal stories that sometimes their app helped people avoid using again. They also had a lot of data from their user base, including when, how often, and what people communicated before a relapse. If...
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NEW ENGLAND JOURNALS OF MEDICINE CATALYST (04/17) – In light of the need for inexpensive, scalable solutions, we propose the widespread use of automated, bidirectional SMS (text) and phone call based mobile health systems that seamlessly integrate into existing community substance abuse recovery programs. They will allow providers to expand their services to larger populations without...
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THE FIX (05/09) – The increased use of written agreements between medical professionals and chronic pain patients that details conditions under which opioid medication can be prescribed is causing considerable debate about whether such “contracts,” as they are often described, are useful in reducing misuse of such medication, and can have a negative impact on...
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WOLTERS KLUWER HEALTH (05/08) – For patients with substance use disorders seen in the emergency department or doctor’s office, locating and accessing appropriate treatment all too often poses difficult challenges. Healthcare providers and treatment facility administrators share their views on delays and obstacles to prompt receipt of substance use disorder treatment after referral[.] Read more
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (05/03) – Scientists have successfully tested in animals a drug that, they say, may one day help block the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that incessantly coax people with alcoholism to drink. If eventually brought to market, it could help the more than 15 million Americans, and many more around the...
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NEW YORK TIMES (05/09) – It was not until her third month of feeling unwell, in the fall of 2016, that Alicia thought to take an at-home pregnancy test. Until then, she assumed her fatigue and nausea were withdrawal symptoms from the Percocets she’d been dependent upon since the year before. Read more Further reading:...
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PENN UNIVERSITY (04/27) – […] Results showed a significant decrease in drug-craving and -seeking, both after an acute injection of cocaine and from re-exposure to environmental cues during withdrawal. “This tells us Exendin-4 can block the effects of cocaine itself but also condition stimuli previously paired with cocaine,” Schmidt notes. Read more
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NIH (05/10) – A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain. Read more
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NIH (05/04) – Dr. Linda Dwoskin feels just one small step away from success in her effort to develop the first-ever medication to treat methamphetamine addiction. She and colleagues at the Universities of Kentucky and Arkansas have created a molecule that blocks methamphetamine’s addictive effects and completed preclinical testing without raising any red flags for undesirable...
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KMVT 11 (05/09) – Politicians on the left and the right are calling for an anti-addiction ad campaign aimed at the opioid epidemic. The airwaves of history are littered with previous anti-drug efforts – some of which had the opposite of the intended effect. Read more
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