Month: June 2017

Americans Drink Alcohol at Dangerous Levels

Nearly 32 million adults in the United States (13 percent of the U.S. population aged 18 and older) consumed more than twice the number of drinks considered binge drinking on at least one occasion, according to a 2013 survey that asked about past-year drinking. This higher level of drinking is associated with increased health and safety risks. A report of the findings is online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. News Release for National Institute Health...

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SAMHSA: MAT for SUD Increases

According to SAMHSA’s latest Behavioral Health Barometer, released earlier this month, more patients are receiving medication-assisted therapy. Between 2011 and 2015, methadone use increased by 16%, with nearly 357,000 people now receiving the medication, and use of buprenorphine more than doubled, with nearly 76,000 people now receiving the medication. But treatment delivery for substance use disorders still falls short overall, considering the size of the population in need of care. Learn...

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Trouble Registering for NC CSRS?

Step-by-Step Registration Guide for Licensees The NC Medical Board created a step-by-step registration guide for licensees to register on the Controlled Substances Reporting System. Each step of the process is simple and outlined in this two-page guide. NC CSRS Registration...

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North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan

Opioid Action Plan Introduced by DHHS Secretary Cohen North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan was developed with community partners to combat the opioid crisis. The intent of the NC Opioid Action Plan is to identify specific and achievable steps that will have the greatest impact on reducing the burden of death from the opioid epidemic. It is a living document that will be updated as progress is made on the epidemic and we are faced with new issues and solutions. Strategies in the plan include: Coordinating the state’s infrastructure to tackle the opioid crisis. Reducing the oversupply of prescription opioids....

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Acupuncturists Stick It to Opioids

The last week in May, members of the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine came to the General Assembly building on Jones Street to demonstrate how acupuncture works and talk to lawmakers about how their skills could be useful in the fight against opioid abuse and overdose. Acupuncture is an accepted treatment worldwide for various clinical conditions, and the effects of acupuncture on opiate addiction have been investigated in many clinical trials. The review below summarizes the quality of study design, the types of acupuncture applied, the commonly selected acupoints or sites of the body, the effectiveness...

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