Navdeep Kang: Treat opioid addiction like a heart condition
Navdeep Kang, who has a doctorate in psychology, is part of a team of doctors and administrators who’ve pushed Mercy Health emergency room physicians to treat people with addiction disorders like cancer patients, offering them treatment drugs and prompt placement in a rehab center.
A six-part strategy to stop the addiction fatality epidemic: Guest commentary
Young Americans in uniform deployed overseas to fight terrorism are returning home to find their nation utterly losing a completely different battle.
Prescription and non-prescription drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50-years old.
Addiction starts before drug use
There is no shortage of news coverage on the opioid epidemic. I pay close attention, and not because I am a scientist, or a health care provider, or a legislator. Nor do I have a loved one seeking help for a substance abuse disorder. Not any more.
Nora Volkow on MAT, naloxone, new drugs, and why opioids are unique
This is part 2 of an interview with Nora Volkow, MD, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past 15 years.
The Julie Eldred case: a symbolic argument is rebuffed – correctly
The highly symbolic case of Julie Eldred became a cause celèbre among many of the best and brightest in addiction science community. They had hoped a state supreme court would say, loudly and clearly, that addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a chronic brain disease.
Nora Volkow on prescription opioids, chronic pain and ‘hype’
Research psychiatrist Nora Volkow, MD—the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past 15 years—is one of the world's foremost authorities on opioid and other addictions.
Opioid Addiction: Three Ways to Get More People Into Treatment
Surely the most frustrating—and scandalous—aspect of the opioid epidemic is that thousands of Americans are now dying from a disease that we know how to treat.
Insurers still too reliant on opioid prescribing, study finds
American health insurers are wrestling with their own version of a painful truth: Kicking opioids is hard.
The “gross under use” of opioid addiction medication
“We now possess effective treatment that could … save many lives,” wrote Nora Volkow Tuesday, “yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”