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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Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation

By Addiction Policy Forum on September 25, 2018

Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation model engages a traditionally difficult to engage patient population in life-saving, evidence based treatment by meeting the patients where they are-- literally and figuratively. Patients suffering from severe substance use disorders often receive little to no medical care aside from through Emergency Departments. Rather than passing the treatment of opioid use disorders onto some other health care system, the Yale model allows immediate treatment access and initiation, followed by robust, ongoing care from a specialized provider. With a formalized pathway, patients can receive medication to prevent ongoing withdrawal and linkage to care without increasing their length of stay in an often busy ED.
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