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RTI International’s Gary Zarkin Named Distinguished Fellow

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RTI International has named renowned expert in behavioral health economics, Gary Zarkin, Ph.D., an RTI Distinguished Fellow. The appointment of Distinguished Fellow, the highest level in RTI's Fellow Program, honors exceptionally talented individuals whose internationally recognized scientific accomplishments have made a significant impact on society.

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Brain, fMRI, Drug Use, Anti-Drug, Public Service Annoucements

Brain Scans May Reveal Most Effective Anti-Drug Messages

What if you could look into the brains of potential drug abusers and see what messages would be most likely to persuade them to “just say no?” That’s the ultimate goal of researchers whose new study scanned the brains of people while they watched anti-drug public service announcements (PSAs).

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Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients’ Pain Control, Study Suggests

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Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.

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Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder.

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Four-Fold Jump in Deaths in Opioid-Driven Hospitalizations

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New study finds that death rates for those hospitalized for opioid-related conditions in the U.S. have quadrupled since 2000. Worst toll seen among patients who were low-income, white, under age 65 and on Medicare, and the severity of opioid misuse leading to hospitalization has increased.

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Opioids, Hysterectomies, Gynocology, gynecologic procedures, Obgyn

Study: Patients Only Use About Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

Doctors may be prescribing nearly twice the number of opioids than what the average patient needs after a hysterectomy, a new study suggests.

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Cannabis, bipolar, young adult, young adult addiction , Addiction, Drugs

Cannabis Linked to Bipolar Symptoms in Young Adults

Cannabis use in youth is linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults, finds new research by the University of Warwick.

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Postsurgery Prescribing Guideline Could Reduce Opioid Prescriptions by as Much as 40 Percent

New study results suggest that a more vigilant prescribing guideline for surgeons could reduce by as much as 40 percent the number of opioid pills prescribed after operations, and still meet patients’ pain management needs.

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Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic, Study Finds

A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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WVU Chief Economist: Opioid Crisis Has Cost West Virginia Nearly $1 Billion

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West Virginia University’s chief economist said the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and across the U.S. has come with a hefty price tag, causing a void in this state’s economy of nearly $1 billion.







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