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MAT underutilized by hospitals in treating opioid addiction

MAT underutilized by hospitals in treating opioid addiction

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 19, 2018

A new study published Tuesday shows hospitals aren't fully relying on medications to treat opioid use disorder. Experts say that's a missed opportunity to expand treatment to thousands of people.

10 highlights from the AMA's annual House of Delegates meeting

10 highlights from the AMA's annual House of Delegates meeting

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 16, 2018

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this year took big steps toward addressing gun violence and the opioid epidemic. But other issues, such as sexual misconduct by doctors, made less progress.

Guest Commentary: Treating addiction as an acute disease is killing thousands

Guest Commentary: Treating addiction as an acute disease is killing thousands

By Dr. Joseph Garbely  |  June 06, 2018

Medical science tells us substance use disorder is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. However, the medical establishment—hospitals, emergency rooms, physicians, insurers, physicians—still treats substance use disorder as if it is acute and episodic.

Evidence shows docs are cutting opioid prescriptions: AMA

Evidence shows docs are cutting opioid prescriptions: AMA

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 31, 2018

The American Medical Association warned against "one-size-fits-all" federal mandates to curb opioid prescribing, saying a 22% drop in opioid prescriptions shows the group's approach to the epidemic is working.

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