Addiction & Substance Use

5 Steps to Improve Outcomes in Substance Abuse in Older Patients

August 03, 2020

Addiction among older adults is associated with worse medical outcomes and increased economic burden of care. The long-term use of psychoactive substances can result in adverse neurological outcomes even at therapeutic doses.

Novel Insights on Cannabis and Psychosis

July 28, 2020

There is evidence in both patients with psychotic disorders and the general population that cannabis use is associated with adverse effects of psychopathology and cognition.

Special Issues for Patients With SUDs Undergoing Surgery

May 18, 2020

This innovative program at Massachusetts General Hospital addresses postoperative pain while preventing relapse in patients a history of opioid use disorder.

Tele-Teatime During the Quarantine

April 03, 2020

At a time when preserving public health is our highest priority, why would we want to encourage excessive alcohol use among the vulnerable?

Are We Making Any Progress in Treatment and Attitudes?

March 23, 2020

How much progress has been made in the area of substance use disorders in the last 40 years?

Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

February 25, 2020

Although 6 months is the recommended duration for buprenorphine treatment, many patients discontinue within a few weeks or months of treatment.

5 Manifestations of Methamphetamine Poisoning

February 11, 2020

Powerfully addictive, methamphetamine has devastating effects on health and other aspects of life. What is the net result of chronic methamphetamine abuse? Here are 5 of the major indicators.

A Case of the Chicken or the Egg: Social Media, GAD, & Substance Use

January 28, 2020

Like it or not, social media has become a constant in our lives, and it is getting harder to unplug. But, is social media actually causing harm?

When Medications Affect More Than the Patient: Opioids and Family Members

December 30, 2019

Three studies highlight how important it is that when physicians prescribe opioids there can be significant and even potentially fatal consequences for the family members of those for whom they are being prescribed.

The Opioid Epidemic Settlements: Who Will Benefit?

October 10, 2019

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?