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Genetic test aims to identify people at risk for opioid addiction
A California biotech company is hoping to take on the nation’s opioid epidemic with a DNA test that it says can identify patients who are genetically predisposed to becoming addicted to painkillers. more

Millennials took Adderall to get through school. Now they’ve taken their addiction to the workplace
In 2010, when Raphael was a first-semester college freshman struggling to get through finals, he did what it seemed like all his friends were doing: he got an Adderall from a fellow student and holed up in the library. more

Syracuse man gets implant in arm to treat heroin addiction
Recovering heroin addict Kevin Donovan, 37, of Syracuse, used to take medication every day to control his cravings until he had four match-sized rods implanted in his upper left arm  more

Drug Addiction and the Case for Medication-Assisted Treatment
Buprenorphine, an artificial opioid that has been available for more than a decade, has emerged as the not-so-secret weapon in the fight against opiate abuse. more

New Implant Designed To Treat Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine is fast becoming the treatment of choice when it comes to opioid addiction. It used to only come in a pill or patch, but recently the FDA approved a first-of-its-kind implant that goes in the arm, called Probuphine. “(It) sits under the skin for six months and it gradually delivers the medicine every day, equal dosage,” Dr. Vijapura said. After six months, the rods are removed and the patient can decide if he or she no longer needs treatment or wants the rods implanted again on the other arm. This can continue for as long as the patient wants. Wilson immediately saw the benefits. more

Addiction Recovery Centers See Uptick in Healthcare Professionals Entering Treatment for Heroin, Opioids
Daniel Angres, MD, to Lead Educational Session in Santa Monica on Assessment and Treatment Outcomes for Addicted Professionals. The National Institute of Health reports that approximately 10 to 15 percent of all healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some point during their career, which means healthcare professionals are at the same risk of substance abuse as the general population. more

Know the types of addiction recovery treatment options
The addiction rehabilitation industry in the United States, including drugs, alcohol and other substances, is a $35 billion business. That’s what the more than 2.5 million people who receive treatment -- or their insurance companies -- spend on care each year. more

Recovering addict shares horror of heroin addiction, hope for recovery
Seven people die in Ohio of opioid overdoses every day, and the numbers are only climbing. The Columbus Dispatch invited the public to a community forum on addiction and answers Tuesday night. 10TV shared the story of one of the participants. more

Former Opiate Addicts Opening Recovery Center in Traverse City
Two people who've recovered from opiate addictions themselves want to help curb the growing problem in our state. So together, a doctor and therapist are opening the Freedom Recovery Center next week in Traverse City. more

Addiction: How Choices Turn To Disease
No matter how addiction begins, officials and recovering addicts say the ability to control their use disappears once the disease takes over. more

The Way We Talk About Drug ‘Abuse’ Is Harmful — And It Needs To Change. Substance use disorder isn’t a moral failing. Our language should reflect that
Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ? a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “crackhead,” we frame the issue in moral terms, suggesting that people with substance use disorders simply lack the willpower to get better. more

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