Opioid Related Disorders

Pros and Cons of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

July 12, 2018

Although these medication-assisted treatments have been approved by the FDA and have strong empiric evidence for superior outcomes, it is important to know the good and the bad.

Mini Quiz: Prescribing Opioids to the Elderly

May 30, 2018

The short vignettes in this quiz highlight the importance of understanding the delicate balance between risks and benefits when prescribing opioids.

Opioid Overdoses and Naloxone: What Everyone Needs to Know

February 02, 2018

More than 6 out of 10 deaths involve prescribed opioids. The authors address guidelines for who should (and who should not) receive a naloxone prescription.

Opioid Use in the Elderly

January 30, 2018

While opioid use disorders are more common in younger patients, prevalence among the elderly is growing.

The Freedom in Accepting Our Limits

April 10, 2017

A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.

Opioid Analgesics: The Myths-and the Facts

January 27, 2017

The overprescription of opioid analgesics has resulted in the growing use of heroin. Right?

Opioids to Treat Depression: The Jury Is Out

December 01, 2016

Two recent clinical trials of opioid medication for depression and suicidality highlight the role of brain opioid systems in depression.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

June 22, 2016

A new CDC guideline on prescribing opioids for chronic pain has only added to the media attention being focused on opioid abuse and addiction. But what does the guideline really offer?

The Death of an Addict

June 17, 2015

As clinicians, we can only imagine what happens when patients terminate treatment. Thoughts from an addiction psychiatry fellow.

Setting the Stage for Opioid Addiction Treatment

June 08, 2015

Opioid-dependent patients presenting to an emergency department for other medical reasons are more likely to pursue addiction treatment if a specific therapy is initiated during their emergency care stay. What therapy are we talking about?