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Problematic Alcohol, Cannabis Consumption and Opioid Misuse in Chronic Pain

Problems with alcohol or cannabis use may be uniquely associated with opioid misuse in adults with chronic pain, according to study results published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. A total of 440 adults (mean age, 38.44 years) who reported current moderate to severe chronic pain and opioid use were assessed for substance abuse…

Calling for an Overhaul of Buprenorphine Policy for More Comprehensive Addiction Treatment

The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA) should be updated to keep pace with the current state of the opioid crisis, according to a commentary published in National Academy of Medicine Perspectives. The authors suggest that removing X-waiver requirements would allow healthcare providers to better assist patients with opioid use disorder. DATA successfully expanded access to…

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