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Tag: opioid epidemic

New Framework Released to Reduce Opioid Overdose

Published: 02/05/2024
By: HEAL Connections The Opioid-Overdose Reduction Continuum of Care Approach (ORCCA): A Policymakers Guide to Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies that Address Opioid Overdose aims to help policymakers, communities and key stakeholders to develop comprehensive, multi-system strategies that address the opioid crisis. The science and evidence behind the framework was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence […]
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Embracing Change: Using Native Ways of Knowing to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Published: 11/17/2022
By Meg Schneider, TOR Program Coordinator, National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC  Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2022 showed a 39 percent increase in drug overdose deaths for Native people from 2019 to 2020. Only Black people had a higher increase (44 percent). Drug overdose deaths hit a record in […]
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AMERSA People & Passion, Episode 10: Initiating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder—There’s an App for That?!?

Published: 10/28/2021
To support the utilization of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), the Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA) team will be releasing a mobile application that will guide healthcare providers through the initiation of buprenorphine and naltrexone for OUD (including injectable buprenorphine) and pain management for patients on these medications via […]
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AMERSA People & Passion, Episode 3: Barriers to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Why Aren’t Pharmacists Stocking Buprenorphine?

Published: 09/22/2021
Patients with opioid use disorder must be able to obtain prescribed buprenorphine from a pharmacy promptly to reduce risk for a recurrence of use and subsequent morbidity and mortality. However, phone-based secret shopper surveys indicate many pharmacies do not consistently maintain an adequate stock of buprenorphine and qualitative surveys show some pharmacists refuse to dispense […]
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The Treatment Challenge in Jail Settings: Detox and Withdrawal or Continuing Medication?

Published: 06/30/2021
Jessica Vechinski, MSWProject Manager, Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN)Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, UW-Madison Opioid use disorder (OUD) is prevalent among people in the criminal justice system—estimates show that as many as 50–65 percent of people entering the system have an OUD or other substance use disorder (SUD). Yet, access to high-quality treatment […]
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We All Know Someone: Northwest ATTC Co-Sponsors Recovery Month Event: Solution to Addiction

Published: 10/11/2018
October 11, 2018 Meg Brunner, MLIS Northwest ATTC On September 26, 2018, the Northwest ATTC in conjunction with the Skagit County Public Health Department and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, co-sponsored a community-based Recovery Month event in Skagit County called “Solution to Addiction: Know the Facts. Join the Conversation. Be Part of the Solution.” The event, […]
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Opioid Treatment and Recovery News Roundup

Published: 07/12/2018
July 12, 2018 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network/NIATx  Have you been taking a summer break from the news? Get caught up with five recent news and research headlines, plus a great new Road to Recovery TV episode from SAMHSA:  1. Expanding primary care buprenorphine treatment could curb opioid overdose crisis Science Daily Research published by Drs. Sarah Wakeman and […]
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Help for the Opioid Crisis: STR-Technical Assistance Available to States and Territories

Published: 06/05/2018
June 5, 2018 Swan Capris STR-TA Project Manager The State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Consortium website ( and technical assistance (TA) portal is now live and ready to support efforts to address opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery across the country. On February 1, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]
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5 Things Dr. Dennis McCarty Wants You to Know About Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder

Published: 05/21/2018
May 22, 2018 Veronica Wang Great Lakes ATTC Dr. Dennis McCarty covered a lot of information in the webinar on April 3, Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder: An Overview. The webinar began with a brief history of federal drug policy in the U.S. and medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder, and ended with […]
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10 Things to Know About Hepatitis

Published: 05/10/2018
Maureen Fitzerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office/NIATx May 14, 2018 1. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. One of the most important things to know is that many (millions) may be infected without knowing it. And people who use drugs and alcohol are at greater risk of getting and transmitting viral hepatitis. With Hepatitis Testing Day coming […]
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Reduce Underage Drinking Today and You Prevent Opiate Use Tomorrow

Published: 04/13/2018
April 16, 2018 Alcohol Awareness Month Julia Sherman Coordinator, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project  Wisconsin, like many states, has seen its rate of underage drinking drop in the last decade. Over that period, law enforcement worked with community groups and coalitions to reduce youth access to alcohol. A new state law made it illegal to provide […]
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Reducing Stigma and Improving Quality of Care: Shatterproof

Published: 03/22/2018
March 27, 2018 Samantha Arsenault, Director of National Treatment Quality Initiatives Shatterproof More than 42,000 opioid-related overdose deaths last year. Over 2 million people addicted to opioids. Costs to society exceeding $500 billion per year in lost productivity, healthcare, and criminal justice costs. The tragic opioid-related statistics continue to soar—and so too does public awareness […]
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The Opioid Crisis: Community is Key to Addressing the Epidemic

Published: 01/18/2018
January 22, 2018 Holly Ireland, LCSW-CCo-Project DirectorCentral East ATTC  In the spirit of collaboration and given our proximity, the Central East ATTC has offered to attend relevant national policy activities in Washington, D.C. to represent the ATTC Network and to support us all in staying abreast of what's happening and assess any potential future impact […]
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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Published: 12/27/2017
December 27, 2017 The ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog covered a variety of topics in 2017, ranging from cultural competence and technology to the opioid epidemic, marijuana legalization, and process improvement. We thank the many guest bloggers and ATTC Network staff who contributed posts and shared their unique perspectives and views with our audience— which now […]
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