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OUD Treatment Restrictions Eased

HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Tuesday, April 27, 2021 In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied […]


Telehealth Addiction Treatment Comes of Age

From Treatment Magazine Virtual healthcare, which has proliferated and become more sophisticated during the pandemic, will be an even greater presence in the future By Jason Langendorf Eight months was all it took for Eric Bogue to be transformed from a person frustrated and only half-interested in his recovery into a true believer and apostle […]


Fentanyl Test Strips

From SAMHSA, April 7, 2021 Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips New Guidance Aims to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl […]


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

  The National Council’s “Conversation” video series are 15-minute videos led by National Council President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia that deliver insights and experiences from its members across the country, while also showcasing their unique programs, services and solutions. Episode 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace discusses diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in […]


DEA Community Strategy for DC, MD, VA

From Southern Maryland News Net Launch of New DEA Community Strategy Targeting Overdose Issue Across D.C., Maryland and Virginia The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has launched a new comprehensive law enforcement and prevention initiative through the DEA Washington Division, aimed at reducing drug use, abuse, and overdose deaths. “Operation Engage” allows participating field […]


Record overdose deaths-82,230

From the Washington Post. 81,230 overdoses set record for such deaths in a 12-month period, CDC says by Linda Searing A surge in the number of U.S. residents who have died of a drug overdose — 81,230 in the 12 months ending last May — set a record for the most such deaths in a […]


National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

From HHS. The Surgeon General Releases Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG)—in collaboration with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)—released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Implement the National […]


Opioid Affected Births Rise

From HRSA. Nationwide Study Shows Continued Rise in Opioid Affected Births A new study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010-2017. The study, published today in JAMA  indicates that […]


Caring for Women w/OUD Toolkit

From HRSA. Caring for Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Toolkit for Organization Leaders and Providers


Dropping the X-Waiver for Buprenorphine

From the Psychiatric Times. The Department of Health and Human Services moves to reduce administrative procedural barriers to OUD treatment. by Leah Kuntz In an attempt to remove a potential barrier to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan1 to drop the X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions. Organizations like […]