Stretching the Scope — Becoming Frontline Addiction-Medicine Providers

This perspective piece explores infectious disease (ID) specialists that are pursuing integrated behavioral health strategies to meet the national opioid crisis, and highlights the critical need for medication assisted treatment (MAT) education and training for all physicians.

Trends in Deaths Involving Heroin and Synthetic Opioids Excluding Methadone, and Law Enforcement Drug Product Reports, by Census Region — United States, 2006–2015

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) examines trends in unintentional and undetermined deaths involving heroin or synthetic opioids excluding methadone (i.e., synthetic opioids)* by the four U.S. Census regions during 2006–2015.

Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes

The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) first annual surveillance report summarizes the latest information available on the national level for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns related to the drug problem in the United States.

Collaborative Care for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders in Primary Care - The SUMMIT Randomized Clinical Trial

Results from this randomized clinical trial found that, relative to usual care, the collaborative care intervention increased both the proportion of primary care patients receiving evidence-based treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders and the number achieving abstinence from opioids or alcohol use at 6 months.

September 13 HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Development Conference

The conference will highlight accomplishments, best practices, and lessons learned from our behavioral health workforce programs. Behavioral health grantees will showcase innovative academic and training approaches that expand the distribution of a skilled workforce focused on under-served populations and communities in need.

Physicians from lower-tier med schools prescribe more opioids

New research from Princeton Department of Economic suggests physicians who completed their initial training at top medical schools write significantly fewer opioid prescriptions annually than physicians from lower ranked schools.