Addiction Treatment Statistics

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We've searched today's leading news, academic, scientific and business sources to bring you the latest information about prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives and efforts.



NIH competition seeks wearable device to detect alcohol levels in real-time

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, is once again challenging the biotech community to design a wearable device capable of measuring blood alcohol in near real-time. The ideal device would be capable of measuring alcohol concentration in the blood or interstitial fluid that surrounds the body’s cells, which differs from existing technology that detects alcohol released through the skin in sweat or vapor. The creators of the winning prototype will be awarded $200,000 and second place will receive $100,000 through Challenge.gov, which lists federal incentive prizes and competitions.
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ACA repeal could cost hospitals billions: New Report

With a Republican-controlled Congress and a Donald Trump presidency on tap, it seems likely that the ACA, or at least large parts of it, will be repealed. The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals teamed up to take a deeper dive into the financial implications of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The report estimates that the net impact on hospitals between 2018 and 2026 would be about $165 billion in the event of a repeal that reinstates rollbacks on Medicare and Medicaid payments that were included in the ACA. The outlook is more dire if those reductions are not restored, according to the report, as hospitals would suffer an additional loss of about $289 billion during that same period.
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A new strategic direction for behavioral and social sciences research at NIH

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has released a new strategic plan for 2017 through 2021. The plan focuses on scientific priorities, which reflect key research challenges that OBSSR is positioned to address.
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Director of White House Drug Control Policies looks toward a Trump Administration

Among those preparing for the new Trump administration is a man who left Massachusetts to work on a major issue for the Obama White House—the issue of substance use. Michael Botticelli say he’s hopeful the Trump administration will continue pushing many of the same policies he’s been working on since he was at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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DEA warns of rise in fentanyl overdose deaths

The Drug Enforcement Administration warned the nation’s opioid epidemic has been exacerbated by the reemergence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment, which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States. Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdose. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61% (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
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Surgeon General calls for reducing use of e-cigarettes among young people

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for reducing e-cigarette use among young people. He said young people are more vulnerable than adults to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure. According to the report, e-cigarettes should be incorporated into existing smoke-free policies, including preventing young people from accessing e-cigarettes, implementing price and tax policies that discourage use and encouraging federal regulation of e-cigarette marketing.
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Recent study finds that medical marijuana may be helping to curb the opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a recent study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has found. It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that chronic pain patients may substitute marijuana for prescription painkillers in states where the option is available.
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Explore how illegal drugs have become cheaper and more potent over time

STAT recent released an article featuring interactive graphics that highlight trends in prices and purity of illegal drugs.
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Opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation.
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