Preventing opioid misuse and addiction: New thinking and the latest evidence

Drug policy often comprises efforts to reduce the supply of drugs, to provide health and social services to addicted individuals, and to prevent the development of addiction in the first place. The last of these efforts—prevention—is the subject of this paper. The scientific literature on drug policy offers some insights on the relative effectiveness and Read More

Don’t Skip Opiates for ‘Air Hunger’ From COVID-19 Ventilation

Easing the traumatic “air hunger” created by mechanical ventilation settings for COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may take more than just sedation or paralytics, one group argued. Lung protective ventilation, with low tidal volumes and permissive hypercapnia, is a recipe for “the most uncomfortable form of dyspnea,” Richard Schwartzstein, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Read More

FINDING HOPE: Treating drug addiction for Treasure Valley veterans

BOISE, Idaho — This Veterans Day, it’s important to remember many veterans who return home after service are left with physical and mental injuries in need of treatment. For some, that eventually leads to drug addiction. At the Boise VA, the staff offers a multi-faceted approach to address addiction while treating the veteran as a whole. “I Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction isn’t taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.S. response to the viral crisis is making addiction treatment easier to get. Under the national emergency declared by the Trump administration in March, the government has suspended a federal law that required patients to have an in-person visit with a physician before Read More