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ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 2

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Managing The 5%

There is a lot of investment money going into the mental health field—in fact, $14.7 billion in the first half of this year. Much of that investment is focused on… Read More

Rhode Island To Pilot Safe Injection Sites

Rhode Island is planning to pilot harm reduction centers, also called overdose prevention sites or supervised consumption sites. This two-year pilot program will establish “harm reduction centers” to prevent drug… Read More

Stigma In Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder

This webinar archive centers around discussion surrounding stigma as is relates to mental health and substance use disorder. During this roundtable conversation, Otsuka Senior MSL, Dr. Jason Carter sits down… Read More

Mindfulness Meditation In Mental Health

Over the last few decades, mindfulness meditation has increased in popularity. In this presentation, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, will provide a brief overview of mindfulness meditation, including the… Read More

American Addiction Centers Files For Bankruptcy

AAC Holdings Inc., the publicly traded parent of American Addiction Centers (AAC), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company listed debt of $517.4 million and assets of… Read More

Getting To Whole Person Addiction Treatment

Our coverage of primary care physicians’ views of addiction treatment and medication assisted treatment (MAT) brought quite a few comments. A recent study found that even though two thirds of… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a PsychU Supporting Organization. To learn more about MHA, please visit their website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Read More

Substance Use Disorder Amid Pandemic

“Ninety meetings in 90 days”: This is one mantra repeated to and by many individuals early in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Regular attendance at peer-run meetings offered by… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Endocannabinoids

Hear from Chloe Liu, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as she examines the historical research discoveries and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Opioids

Hear from Chip Meyer, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as he examines the historic medical utilization and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of opioids. Explore… Read More

Introduction To Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Elizabeth DiNapoli provides a brief overview of opioid use disorder (OUD). Key points discussed include: what symptoms may be present if a person is struggling with OUD; how common… Read More

Opioid Clarity?

The number of deaths due to opioids has shown no signs of diminishing—drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1999 to 17,029 in 2017 (see National Rate… Read More

Brief Risk Interview© (BRI)

The Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) was developed as a protocol to determine potential patient risk of violating a treatment agreement related to prescription opioids and risk of future opioid misuse.… Read More

Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

The Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE) was designed to screen patient risk for alcohol abuse and dependence in the clinical setting. This version of the tool is a brief… Read More

VA To Expand Veterans Treatment Courts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to expand the reach of Veteran Treatment Courts and other services… Read More

The Stigma Of Addiction Treatment Medication

When I read last Sunday’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, I was surprised that perceptions of addiction treatment hadn’t progressed further. The article, “People Taking Medication To Treat Opioid Addiction… Read More

‘Bad Debt’ Will Really Be ‘Bad Debt’

There are an estimated 102,460 tax-exempt non-profit organizations providing health care services – including organizations providing services for addiction and substance abuse (8,578); diseases and disease research (18,667), health care… Read More

Opioid Addiction By The Numbers

Last week, we covered the recent $3.3 billion in Congressional appropriations to address opioid addiction in the United States (see How Far Does $3.3 Billion Go?). The figure $3.3 billion… Read More

Does Peer Support Pay?

Recent research shows the value of peers for individuals with mental illnesses and addictive disorders—that peer support “pays.” Participation in peer support groups for addiction recovery promoted higher satisfaction in… Read More

Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT)

The Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT) is a five-question, self-administered assessment that can be completed within 5 minutes and should be utilized on a patient’s initial visit. It assesses the patient… Read More

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C)

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) is a brief alcohol screen that reliably identifies patients who are hazardous drinkers or who have active alcohol use disorders. The AUDIT-C contains… Read More

A Mosaic Solution To The Opioid Challenge

When Mario San Bartolomé, M.D., MBA the Corporate Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders for Molina Healthcare, Inc. wrapped up his opening keynote remarks earlier this month at a conference I… Read More

Health Plan Strategy Meets The Opioid Crisis

You can’t look at the news without seeing something about the opioid crisis. The data supports the headlines. Across the country, deaths are up 200%, opioid-related inpatient stays are up… Read More

Mental Health Screening Tools

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes Mental Health Screening Tools for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Read… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Relapse In Schizophrenia

Key Messages Relapse rates among patients with first-episode schizophrenia have been reported to exceed 80% within 5 years. This review of the neurophysiology of schizophrenia relapse suggests that dopamine may… Read More