JH Waggoner Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Immunology, and Neuroscience; Director, Section of Alcohol & Addiction Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
A New Draft Guide for Developing Stimulant Use Disorder Treatments
The FDA has released a draft guide to offer their perspective and thoughts on the development of treatments for stimulant use disorder.
Fentanyl's Fatal Marketing Change
Fentanyl is now available in ways it was not before, which may lead to fatal outcomes.
Opioid Crisis Awareness
Did the opioid crisis go away during COVID-19? Or has it gotten worse?
Anti-Fentanyl Vaccines as Medical Solutions to Overdose Deaths
Manufactured fentanyl is a major cause of overdoses for opioids and nonopiods. Can a vaccine immunize against overdose?
Clinical Management of Cannabis Complications
The rapidly changing field of cannabinoids and their clinical implications poses a particular challenge in psychiatry.
Are We Making Any Progress in Treatment and Attitudes?
How much progress has been made in the area of substance use disorders in the last 40 years?
The Opioid Epidemic Settlements: Who Will Benefit?
Judgements and settlements are starting in Oklahoma against various pharmaceutical companies for their alleged roles in that state’s opioid crisis. Who would be the beneficiaries of these funds?
Innovative Non-Opioids for Chronic Pain: Ketamine and Cannabidiol
This overview addresses two medications for analgesia of chronic benign pain, both of which have substance abuse risks themselves.
Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain: An Opioid Alternative?
The cannabinoids (particularly CBD) have been hailed as non-addictive solutions to using escalating doses of opioids for chronic pain. More in this research update.
Revisiting the Hallucinogenic Potential of Ketamine
An exploration of findings from contemporary research that hint at the unexplored hallucinogenic potential of ketamine and considerations for future investigation.
The Therapeutic Cannabis User: 5 Key Issues
A drug once seen as a widespread danger to society is now experiencing renewed interest as a treatment for medical conditions, including a number of mental health conditions. This brief review explores 5 key issues clinicians can consider when encountering the therapeutic cannabis user.
Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal: What Can We Learn?
In this age of chat rooms and social media, an ever-growing number of psychiatric patients use the internet to find their treatment community online.
Q&A: Clinical Challenges in Substance Use Disorders
What's the optimal strategy toward recovery from opioid use disorder? Which treatment for nicotine addiction has the most favorable adverse-effect profile?
New Insights on Substance Use Disorders
A clinical collection on addiction treatment, ADHD and SUDs, important drug indications, vaping, cannabis use, benzodiazepines, the perils of self-medicating and other topics relevant to practicing psychiatrists.
Update on the Opioid Wars
Significant progress has been made in containing the opioid epidemic, but new threats loom. Thomas Kosten, MD, an addiction psychiatrist, takes a brief look.
Introduction: Cautions, Considerations, and Treatment Strategies
The Chair of a Special Report on substance abuse disorders describes the highlights of 6 articles in the series.
Emerging Treatments and Pharmacogenetics for Cocaine Use Disorder
There are no FDA-approved pharmacotherapies for cocaine use disorder. Here: a review of the off-label use of promising medications for this addiction.
A “Hands On” Guide to Using Naltrexone in Alcohol Addiction
A psychiatrist explains the pharmacogenetic factors that suggest a positive-or negative-response to naltrexone. He also offers some practical guidance about using this agent in clinical practice.
Antidrug vaccines represent an exciting area of development in the pharmacological treatment of chemical dependency. In addition to the clinical trials being conducted on vaccines for cocaine and nicotine dependence, preclinical development of vaccines for methamphetamine and heroin is ongoing.
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