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Clinical Challenges

Despite documented efficacy, adoption of medication-assisted treatment among providers remains slow across the U.S., largely because of a fractured treatment system.
While 85% of Americans surveyed for a recent poll said they rate their mental health status positively, concerns over current events suggest unresolved tensions looming below the surface for many.
Half of clinicians who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder have actually done so, and a majority are prescribing the medication for a number of patients that is well below the limit for which they are waivered, according to a new study.
The American Mental Health Counselors Association estimated that 41% of Americans are experiencing a mental illness, such as general anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder, a dramatic rise from pre-pandemic levels that has been spurred by COVID-19, racial tensions and economic calamity.
Opioid use—particularly heroin—has been linked with hearing loss, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.
In this video, Robert Rymowicz, DO, of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses food addiction, how highly processed foods affect the brain, and treatment strategies.
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