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California Leads The Way With Contingency Management

Last year, California was the first state to receive approval from the Biden administration to include sobriety payments in Medicaid, helping pave the way for contingency management (CM) programs for people with stimulant use disorder. The program was piloted as part of an extensive healthcare initiative led by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. This initiative aims

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Sober Living Home Fraud On the Rise: What to Do to Stay Safe

Learn How to Recognize and Avoid Fraudulent Homes Ongoing sober living fraud cases in Arizona and California highlight the importance of being aware and informed of these types of schemes, especially when it comes to seeking help for addiction treatment. Sober living homes are essential in helping people in recovery transition to a better,

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Coroner Report Reveals Brian Nestande’s Accidental Overdose Death

Former Palm Desert Assemblyman Brian Nestande passed away suddenly on March 6, 2024. His cause of death was disclosed by the coroner this week, shedding light on the current fentanyl epidemic and hitting close to home for many legislators. Nestande, age 60, succumbed to an accidental drug overdose, as per reports released last Tuesday. The

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Experts Say OUD Genetic Test Is Flawed, Must Be Pulled

AvertD, a genetic test designed to detect which people are at heightened risk of opioid use disorder (OUD), has sparked controversy within medical circles. Despite its recent approval by the FDA, a coalition of 31 healthcare professionals and researchers is urging a reconsideration of its validity and potential implications. They say the test causes false

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The Dangers of Tianeptine aka Gas Station Heroin

Tianeptine, also called gas station heroin, is an unapproved antidepressant masquerading as a dietary supplement in the U.S., posing significant risks, including addiction, severe withdrawal symptoms, and potentially fatal outcomes. Marketed as a dietary aid for energy and focus, this substance carries risks far beyond its promises. What Is Tianeptine? Tianeptine was originally an antidepressant

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Portland Fire & Rescue Brings Addiction Medicine To The Streets

In a significant move aimed at combating the surge in opioid overdoses, Portland Fire & Rescue unveiled a pioneering pilot program last week. This initiative involves the distribution of medications, including buprenorphine. The program is designed to address opioid use disorder effectively by curbing cravings. Buprenorphine is less heavily regulated and, therefore, more accessible than

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Opioid Addiction Risk Test Approved by FDA

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of the first-ever test designed to evaluate the potential risk of addiction to opioid use in specific individuals. This test, known as AvertD, has been developed by SOLVD Health, a privately held company. The FDA approved AutoGenomics, a unit acquired by SOLVD Health

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Teens and Kids Need Treatment, Too, But Barriers Remain

More kids and teens than ever have been overdosing on opioids like fentanyl, but treatment options are far and few between, according to an article on Axios.  Due to limited treatment options and sparse healthcare coverage, many minors don't get the help they need. While mental health is covered by insurance, there's limited research on