Addiction Policy Forum Blog

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A New Look At An Old Problem

By Mark Powell on August 6, 2019

 

Opioid misuse is deeply pervasive, even in an all-American place like Marshalltown, Iowa. It’s estimated 1 in 6 children live in a home with active addiction. “As a family doctor in the community for 20 years, I’m burying someone every week,” says Dr. Tim Swinton. “I’m seeing people struggle throughout their lives and then have kids who also struggle. And they use drugs to deal with the stress of it all.”

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CME Outfitters and Addiction Policy Forum Launch Free Continuing Education Course on Addiction Led By Addiction Experts

By Addiction Policy Forum on July 31, 2019

Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Gold and Addiction Policy Forum president Jessica Hulsey Nickel educate medical professionals on how to address addiction in their community

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Risks of Opioid & Alcohol Use for Women Increase with Age

By Mark Gold, MD on June 6, 2019

Alcohol use is very prevalent among Americans - more than half of U.S. adults drank last month - and alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death after tobacco and poor diet/physical inactivity.1,2 When coupled with prescription opioid use, drinking becomes especially dangerous.3 Women are at high-risk of experiencing these adverse health effects, which worsen with age. A recent study illuminates the repercussions of concurrent alcohol and prescription opioid use in older women.

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Getting Critically Needed Help - STAT!

By Mark Powell on February 12, 2019

 
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Project ECHO

By Addiction Policy Forum on November 9, 2018

 

 

 Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a knowledge-sharing company that connects practitioners in rural and underserved areas to specialist mentors. The program uses video conferencing to connect primary care providers in rural communities with specialists who mentored and worked with them to provide care for patients with HCV. Project ECHO’s model uses case-based learning and allows medical specialists to share their knowledge and expertise so that primary care providers can manage patients with complex chronic conditions, like substance use disorders, in their communities.

 
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Mosaic Fast Track

By Addiction Policy Forum on September 25, 2018

Mosaic Fast Track initiation and referral is an integral component of the Mosaic Group’s comprehensive system of care coordination. When a patient screens positive for opioid use disorder or is brought to the Emergency Department with a suspected opioid overdose, a nurse indicates this in their electronic health record which triggers notification to a trained peer recovery coach.

For patients that are interested in initiating treatment, the peer recovery coach supports them through buprenorphine induction right in the Emergency Department. The Mosaic Group has worked with eleven hospital systems in Baltimore to develop induction dosage protocols and to operationalize a network of over twenty-five Fast Track buprenorphine providers for same- or next-day referrals to ongoing care.
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