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USA. Fraction of U.S. Outpatient Treatment Centers Offer Medication for Opioid Addiction

Study finds that most substance use disorder treatment facilities still do not offer medication treatment for opioid use disorder. (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, 15.01.2019)




AATOD - The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, 2019


Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) as a tool for continuing medical education on opioid use disorder and comorbidities.

Agley, J., Adams, Z. W., and Hulvershorn, L. A. (2018) 

Addiction, First published: 05 November 2018, doi.org/10.1111/add.14494


Emergency Department and Hospital Care for Opioid Use Disorder: Implementation of Statewide Standards in Rhode Island, 2017-2018.

Samuels EA, McDonald JV, McCormick M, Koziol J, Friedman C, Alexander-Scott N.

Am J Public Health. 2018 Dec 20:e1-e4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304847.


Cost of pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorders following inpatient detoxification.

McCollister KE, Leff JA, Yang X, Lee JD, Nunes EV, Novo P, Rotrosen J, Schackman BR, Murphy SM.

Am J Manag Care. 2018 Nov;24(11):526-531.


Rhode Island Domestic Violence Shelter Policies, Practices, and Experiences Pertaining to Survivors With Opioid Use Disorder: Results of a Qualitative Study.

Rothman EF, Stone R, Bagley SM.

Subst Abuse. 2018 Nov 27;12:1178221818812895. doi: 10.1177/1178221818812895. eCollection 2018.


The complex relation between access to opioid agonist therapy and diversion of opioid medications: a case example of large-scale misuse of buprenorphine in the Czech Republic

Viktor Mravčík, Barbara Janíková, Barbora Drbohlavová, Petr Popov and Alessandro Pirona

Harm Reduction Journal2018, 15:60, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0268-0


Kanada. Vancouver looks to pioneer 'safe supply' for hard drug users

"Nowhere else that I'm aware of in the world are they advocating rapid, low-barrier access to pharmaceutical drugs." (Vancouver Sun, Kanada, 20.12.2018)


Griechenland. ‘Public health’, ‘social solidarity’ and a modern Greek tragedy…

We are writing these lines in November 2018; 6 years after the Greek Ministry of Public Health and Social Solidary first issued Health Regulation No GY/39A, which gave the Greek police the power to detain drug users, amongst other groups, for forced HIV testing and compulsory hospitalisation and treatment (where deemed ‘appropriate’). The Health Regulation was issued amidst what was deemed a public health emergency. For the first time, the number of new HIV transmissions among people who inject drugs had exceeded the number of new cases reported among men who have sex with men.

Dr. Maria Fotopoulou, Sofia Galinaki and Chara-Ismini Papageorgiou in: IDPC - International Drug Policy Consortium, 19.11.2018.


You can't do this job when you are sober: Heroin use among female sex workers and the need for comprehensive drug treatment programming in Kenya.

Syvertsen JL, Agot K, Ohaga S, Bazzi AR.

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Nov 13;194:495-499. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.10.019.


Neuseeland. He Ara Oranga - Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction 

(...) It’s time to build a new mental health and addiction system on the existing foundations to provide a continuum of care and support. We will always have a special responsibility to those most in need. They must remain the priority. But we need to expand access so that people in serious distress – the ‘missing middle’ who currently miss out – can get the care and support they need to manage and recover. (Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, November 2018) (He Ara Oranga translates as Pathways to Wellness)


State variation in opioid treatment policies and opioid-related hospital readmissions.

Blanchard J, Weiss AJ, Barrett ML, McDermott KW, Heslin KC.

BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Dec 17;18(1):971. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3703-8.


More beds are not the answer: transforming detoxification units into medication induction centers to address the opioid epidemic.

Friedmann PD, Suzuki J.

Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2017 Nov 15;12(1):29. doi: 10.1186/s13722-017-0092-y. 


KANADA / Vancouver. Mayor’s Overdose Emergency Task Force - Recommendations for Immediate Action on the Overdose Crisis

(City of Vancouver, 20.12.2018)


Medication-Assisted Treatment Considerations for Women with Opiate Addiction Disorders.

Jacobs AA, Cangiano M.

Prim Care. 2018 Dec;45(4):731-742. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2018.08.002. Epub 2018 Oct 5. Review.



Barriers to progressing through a methadone maintenance treatment programme: perspectives of the clients in the Mid-West of Ireland's drug and alcohol services.

Moran L, Keenan E, Elmusharaf K.

BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Nov 29;18(1):911. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3717-2.


Considering Heroin-Assisted Treatment and Supervised Drug Consumption Sites in the United States.

Kilmer, Beau, Jirka Taylor, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Pam A. Mueller, Allison J. Ober, Bryce Pardo, Rosanna Smart, Lucy Strang, and Peter H. Reuter

Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2018. 


Treatment of an HIV-affected adolescent with heroin dependence in a low-income country: A clinical case study from Zambia.

Akiba C, Kane JC, Skavenski van Wyk S, Paul R, Mukunta C, Murray LK.

Addict Behav Rep. 2018 Sep 25;8:170-175. doi: 10.1016/j.abrep.2018.09.003.


Change in alcohol and other drug use during five years of continuous opioid substitution treatment

Brian Eastwood, John Strang and John Marsden

Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Volume 194, 1 January 2019, Pages 438-446, doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.11.008


Advancing pharmacological treatments for opioid use disorder (ADaPT-OUD): protocol for testing a novel strategy to improve implementation of medication-assisted treatment for veterans with opioid use disorders in low-performing facilities.

Hagedorn H, Kenny M, Gordon AJ, Ackland PE, Noorbaloochi S, Yu W, Harris AHS.

Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2018 Dec 13;13(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s13722-018-0127-z.


Auslandsreisen unter Substitutionsbehandlung mit Methadon oder Buprenorphin. 

Gauss, Hartmann (2018)

Akzeptanzorientierte Drogenarbeit / Acceptance-Oriented Drug Work 15:1-16,


USA. The Treatment Gap. In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication

A reluctant evolution is taking place in residential drug treatment for opioid addiction. Here’s a look at one center’s wary shift. (New York Times, 29.12.2018)


A Public Health Strategy for the Opioid Crisis.

Saloner B, McGinty EE, Beletsky L, Bluthenthal R, Beyrer C, Botticelli M, Sherman SG.

Public Health Rep. 2018 Nov/Dec;133(1_suppl):24S-34S. doi: 10.1177/0033354918793627.


UK. End of life care for people with problematic substance use

This website offers resources developed from a two year research programme on end of life care for people with alcohol and other drug problems. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund between 2016 and 2018, the research programme was the first of its kind to explore current practice and service experience from a range of perspectives. (Manchester Metropolitan University, Dezember 2018)


USA. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. 

Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi.org/10.17226/25322.


USA. Sandoz Inc. and Pear Therapeutics Obtain FDA Clearance for reSET-O™ to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

reSET-O™ is the first FDA-cleared Prescription Digital Therapeutic (PDT) for patients with Opioid Use Disorder

Pear Therapeutics is leading the development of a new therapeutic class with two FDA-authorized PDTs and a robust pipeline of therapeutics across disease areas

Sandoz will lead U.S. commercial launch, anticipated in coming days in Q4

As part of broader Novartis digital revolution, Sandoz aims to increase patient engagement and improve access to treatment through digital solutions. (Pear Therapeutics, 10.12.2018)


Integrating responses at the intersection of opioid use disorder and infectious disease epidemics: Proceedings of a workshop.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. 

Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi.org/10.17226/25153.


Irland. “Just Maintaining the Status Quo”? The experiences of Long-term Participants in Methadone Maintenance Treatment 

Paula Mayock, Shane Butler, Daniel Hoey

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Dublin Irland, 2018


USA. Indian Health Service Seeks to Boost Access to MAT 

As the opioid epidemic continues to tear at the fiber of communities indiscriminately across the United States, American Indian and Alaska Native populations haven't been immune. (AAFP - American Academy of Family Physicians, 14.11.2018)


Australien. 'Unacceptable': $1 billion needed to fix health crisis

(...) A huge coalition of health and welfare organisations have joined forces to call out this “unacceptable” situation. They estimate up to half a million Australians are unable to access treatment for drug and alcohol problems every year, causing a large secondary drag on the health and justice systems. (SMH – Sydney Morning Herald, Australien, 14.12.2018)