A prison system offered all inmates addiction treatment. Overdose deaths dropped sharply

A first-in-the-nation program offering a range of medications to Rhode Island inmates who are addicted to opioids appears to have lowered the number of overdose deaths among people recently released from jail and prison, researchers reported. Experts have long advocated for expanding the use of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, in correctional facilities, but for the most part, jails […]

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Fairbanks president joins Executive Women in HealthCare board

Fairbanks President and CEO Barb Elliott has joined the board of directors for Executive Women in HealthCare for 2018. Elliott was named president and CEO of Fairbanks and Hope Academy in November 2016. She has been with Fairbanks in an executive position since 2007, when she came on board as vice president and chief financial […]

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Taking a grassroots approach to fighting the opioid epidemic

For many physicians, developing an ongoing relationship with patients is a rewarding part of the job. That’s not the case for emergency physicians like me — we’d rather not see the same patients over and over again, especially those with substance use disorders, who are some of the highest users of emergency care. I can […]

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The surprising geography of opioid use around the world

The pattern of opioids use varies widely around the world. In the United States, one daily dose of opioids was prescribed for every 20 people from 2013-15. In similarly wealthy Japan, one daily dose was prescribed for every 800 people over the same period. As part of international drug-control conventions, countries report the use of […]

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