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Detox Update: Alcohol, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Stimulants

Detox Update: Alcohol, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Stimulants

Drs. Paul Martin and Michael Baca-Atlas co-presented a talk on “Detox Updates: Alcohol, Opioids, Benzodiazepines and Stimulants” at the Governor’s Institute’s recent Addiction Medicine 2020 conference. We followed up with several questions posed during the...

Stimulant Misuse

Stimulant Misuse

Dr. Thomas Kosten gave 2 presentations on Stimulant Misuse at the recent Addiction Medicine 2020 virtual conference: Epidemiology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Clinical Impact on Treatment of Stimulant Disorder and Clinical Response: Behavioral and Medication...

Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports

Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports

The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the Division of Public Health recently revised the provisional data on opioid-related poisoning deaths (NC OCME), opioid overdose emergency department visits (NC DETECT) and statewide harm reduction data (NCHRC). Since many...

“Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD”

“Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD”

The Governor’s Institute’s Board Chair and RTI International prevention scientist Dr. Phillip Graham presented on “Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD: Nida’s HEAL Prevention Initiative” at the Addiction Medicine Conference 2020 held May 1 and 2. Dr. Graham...

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Surrounding Vaping

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Surrounding Vaping

Dr. Susan McDowell, a family physician at MAHEC, presented on vaping at the virtual Addiction Medicine Conference 2020. We followed up with a participant question about racial and ethnic disparities. Here is her anwer: “Vaping is similar to conventional cigarettes in...

Guidance for Writing Case Reports in Addiction Medicine

Guidance for Writing Case Reports in Addiction Medicine

Systematic studies and meta-analyses are of the highest value for evidence on prognosis, efficacy, effectiveness, and risk. But they often do not reflect the complexity of individual patient experiences or cases in their contexts. Case reports can provide valuable...

Exploring the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

Exploring the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

Tens of thousands of people die every year from untreated drug and alcohol use. Healthcare has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that could prevent many of these deaths, but they are not being widely utilized and a lot of people...

ASAM Updates National Practice Guidelines for Opioid Use Disorder

ASAM Updates National Practice Guidelines for Opioid Use Disorder

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released its National Practice Guideline (NPG) 2020 which is intended to inform and empower clinicians, health system administrators, criminal justice system administrators and policymakers who are interested in...