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Medication Treatments

Today’s addiction crisis is not the same as those that preceded it, and while there are reasons for concern, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in a session presented Wednesday morning that she also sees reasons for hope.
Since launching in September 2019, a partnership between the Hampden County (Massachusetts) Sheriff’s Department and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has provided medication-assisted treatment to nearly 1,600 individuals, prompting interest in neighboring communities.
The bill, first proposed in 2019, would eliminate the requirement that practitioners obtain a separate “X-waiver” through DEA to prescribe buprenorphine for treating substance use disorders.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of alcohol use disorder was found to improve psychosocial functioning with no unexpected adverse events in a clinical trial conducted by London-based Awakn Life Sciences.
A study that was presented this month at the Association of Academic Psychiatrists Annual Meeting suggests that patients being treated for pain with chronic opioid therapy are more likely to live in socially disadvantaged areas and self-report feelings of anxiety, depression and pain more frequently.
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