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The advantage of virtual opioid treatment

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios Just 1 in 5 adults who had opioid use disorder in 2021 received medication to treat it, new federal data show. Why it matters: The finding speaks to the role that expanded telehealth access played in connecting people to drug treatment during the pandemic. What they’re saying: “More than 80,000[Read More…]

DEA ‘Open To Considering’ Special Registration Process for Telehealth Controlled Substance Prescribing

By Chris Larson | August 4, 2023 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has openly signaled a reversal in its stance towards a long-mandated special registration process that would allow telehealth prescribing of certain controlled substances. In a newly published meeting notice, the DEA says the voluminous and negative feedback on its proposed rule[Read More…]

Opioid addiction starts at the ER, according to studies.

by Bocconi University Legitimate prescriptions of opioids as painkillers are a contributing factor in long-term addiction to these substances. This is what Sarah Eichmeyer of Bocconi’s Department of Economics and Jonathan Zhang of McMaster University in Canada found and described in two recent papers, “Pathways into Opioid Dependence: Evidence from[Read More…]