Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Task Force: Treatment options needed to deal with opioid crisis

November 20, 2019 By Brynna Sentel

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, released a report Wednesday with findings from a two year study that included recommendations on how state courts should deal with the opioid addiction epidemic.


How Hospitals Are Battling the Opioid Epidemic

November 19, 2019 By Katelyn Newman

At the front lines of the opioid crisis, health care providers and hospitals are reconstructing their approaches to treating pain and addiction, from implementing new prescription guidelines and creating personalized systems of care to addressing addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing.


These Sports Are Most Likely to Send Young Americans to the ER

November 15, 2019 By Robert Preidt

Of all sports, football sends the most U.S. males to the emergency room, while cheerleading and gymnastics most often do the same for women and girls, a new report finds.

And, overall, U.S. emergency departments see about 2.7 million patients between the ages of 5 and 24 for sports-related injuries each year, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


When pregnant women who abuse opioids are treated like criminals, their babies suffer

November 14, 2019 By Melissa Healy

Laws that punish women who abuse drugs during a pregnancy are often billed as a way to protect unborn babies from addiction. But new research finds they have the opposite effect: After states enact laws treating pregnant drug users as unfit mothers or criminals, the number of newborns who contend with drug withdrawal jumps significantly.


Patients Just as Satisfied When Surgeons Give Fewer Opioids for Pain

November 14, 2019 By Newsmax

When surgeons cut their prescribing of opioids for pain by more than 50%, their patient-satisfaction scores didn’t suffer, a small U.S. study found.

As reported in JAMA Surgery, the study team analyzed patient satisfaction results for 11 surgeons during the periods before and after the doctors were given education and prescribing guidelines that led to a sharp decrease in the number and duration of opioid prescriptions they gave out. Patient satisfaction ratings were high before the intervention and unchanged afterward, the study found.


The Opioid Crisis Has Affected More Than 2 Million Children

November 13, 2019 By Gaby Galvin

At least 2.2 million children had been affected by the U.S. opioid crisis by 2017, with that total poised to grow and the consequences likely to be felt for years to come, a new analysis shows.


Opioid Addiction In Jails: An Anthropologist’s Perspective

November 12, 2019 By Emily Vaughn

While a quarter or more of the U.S. prison population has an addiction to opioids, only 5% of those individuals receive medication for their chronic condition, despite the growing agreement among doctors that this approach to treatment saves lives.


Grandparents Assume Parental Roles as the Opioid Crisis Fractures Nuclear Families

November 11, 2019 By Henna Hundal

Captain William Anderson of the Chicopee Fire Department never imagined that he would be raising six grandchildren in his mid-60s. The grandchildren, spanning ages four to fourteen, started living with Anderson when his son and daughter-in-law plunged into the throes of opioid addiction.


Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%

November 11, 2019 By Allison Aubrey

In a study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reviewed evidence from 60 studies that included about 6,400 participants. They evaluated a range of strategies, including meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy.

“Mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis appear to be the most useful for reducing pain,” says study author Eric Garland, a professor at the University of Utah. The reductions in dose were modest overall, he says, but the study is a signal that this approach is beneficial.


High Number of Youths Using Rx Opioids

November 8, 2019 By Pat Anson

A large new analysis of drug use by teenagers and young adults in the U.S. has found a surprisingly high level of prescription opioid use. In a survey of over 56,000 youths, researchers found that 21% of teens and 32% of young adults said they had used opioid medication in the past year.