ADHD Drugs: Benefits vs Costs

The use of prescription stimulants for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common subject of debate in the field of addiction medicine. While medications such as Adderall or Ritalin can be extremely effective for treating the disorder, those types of drugs are amphetamine based and are in fact highly addictive. What’s more, ADHD...
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Opioid Dependence Among the Privately Insured

While it is often reported that there are over 2 million Americans who have a problem with prescription opioids and more than half a million people abusing heroin, it is highly likely that those numbers are low and that there are many more people who actually meet the criteria for an opioid use disorder. Part...
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The American Board of Medical Specialties Recognizes Addiction Medicine

In October of last year, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) held a meeting in Dallas, Texas. At the meeting the ABPM officially recognized addiction medicine as a subspecialty, according to a press release. The move will allow doctors who are certified by one of the ABMS Member Boards to apply for the new...
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States Call on Insurance Companies to Cover Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

The growing demand for prescription opioids with abuse-deterrent properties is a huge step forward in the fight against prescription drug abuse in America. Sadly, insurance companies are not willing cover the new, potentially lifesaving drugs. Last year, Massachusetts passed a law mandating insurances companies to cover abuse-deterrent opioids at the same level as other opioids,...
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Sanjay Gupta’s WEED 2: The Conversation Continues

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is continuing the conversation about WEED You may remember that last August we invited you to watch a re-airing of Dr. Gupta’s documentary WEED. It was pretty powerful and there is no doubt that Dr. Gupta did ignite a national, some might argue international, conversation about medical marijuana…cannabis…WEED. Last Thursday, CNN announced...
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ABAM Announces Eight New Addiction Medicine Fellowships

Good news announced by the American Board of Addiction Medicine This week the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAM) announced eight new accredited addiction medicine fellowship programs.  With the addition of these eight new programs there are now 18 accredited programs in North America. According to the ABAM’s website: ABAM’s mission is to maintain...
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