Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Ending stigma, saving lives: Yale doctors take on opioid addiction

January 30, 2020 By Brita Belli

On the lapel of her blazer, Dr. Gail D’Onofrio wears a button bearing one word with a line through it: stigma.

D’Onofrio, who chairs Yale’s Department of Emergency Medicine, works to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, and she’s on a crusade against stigma for a simple reason: social fear hinders treatment.


Research Reveals Combat Troops are at Greater Risk for Opioid and Heroin Addiction

January 29, 2020 By James Thomas

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) revealed that combat exposure puts US troops and veterans at substantial risk for opioid and heroin abuse.

The study, entitled “Did the War on Terror Ignite an Opioid Epidemic” was created by economists with NBER, a non-profit that conducts economic research and disseminates it to policymakers, corporations, and academia. They determined that opioid abuse among combat-exposed veterans was 7 percent higher than among those who were deployed but did not see a firefight.


Sometimes It’s Just Pain, Pain, Pain

January 29, 2020 By Bram Sable-Smith

In many ways, rural communities like Necedah have become the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Drug overdose deaths are more common in rural areas than in urban ones. And rural doctors prescribe opioids more often by far, despite a nationwide decline in prescribing rates since 2012. Meanwhile, rural Americans have fewer alternatives to treat their very real pain, and they disproportionately lack access to effective addiction medication such as buprenorphine.


Treatment for opioid addiction is increasing, except in the young

January 28, 2020 By Dr. Manavjeet Sidhu

Opioid-related overdose deaths are on the rise, but individuals aged 15 to 24 have experienced a decline in treatment from the lifesaving medication buprenorphine, a new study finds.


Could You Save a Life From Opioid Overdose?

January 27, 2020 By Robert Preidt

As the United States grapples with an opioid abuse crisis, Americans are being urged to learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses from these and other drugs.


Ending stigma — the first step to ending America’s addiction crisis

January 25, 2020 By Jim Carroll and Kathryn Burgum

From the Federal Government to State agencies, community-based social services organizations, and the criminal justice system, addiction is everyone’s problem. Yet too many people still see it as a moral failing. Professionally and personally, we know to the contrary that addiction is a chronic and progressive illness that impacts Americans from all walks of life, all races, and all faiths.


Researchers find link between early life adversity and opioid addiction

January 25, 2020 By ANI

A new study conducted by a team of researchers reveals why individuals who have a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction.


Medicare Will Now Pay For Acupuncture In Part Due To Opioid Abuse

January 24, 2020 By Robin Seaton Jefferson

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will now cover acupuncture for patients with chronic low back pain in part because of the widespread abuse of opioids in America. Medicare will now cover up to 12 sessions in 90 days with an additional 8 sessions for those patients with chronic low back pain who demonstrate improvement. Until now, acupuncture was not covered by Medicare.


Opioid Dependence Found to Permanently Change Brains of Rats

January 24, 2020 By Scott LaFee

Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. In a new study, published Jan. 14, 2020 in PNAS , researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that opioid dependence produced permanent changes in the brains of rats.


IRMC offering opioid-free surgery

January 19, 2020 By Patrick Cloonan

He’s only been at Indiana Regional Medical Center for a year and a half, but Dr. Daniel C. Clark brings a quarter-century of experience to roles directing IRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center as well as minimally invasive and robotic surgery there.

It is surgery that doesn’t require prescription opioids, but rather alternatives such as long-active local anesthetics and intravenous doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen — Tylenol and Motrin, that is.