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Congress approved the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, legislation that will now allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities and Medicare to pay for methadone treatment. It will also provide funding for research into opioid alternatives, support greater use of non-opioid pain management and invest in new law enforcement efforts to curb illicit drugs.

Addiction Professional blogger Michael Weiner discusses how a case manager builds a therapeutic alliance with a patient in early stages of change.

Learn about the lifecycle of HIV and understand how different HIV drugs work to stop the virus.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is a federal law meant to prevent group health plans and health insurers that provide mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits.

Eight people living with HIV weigh in on an antiretroviral regimen that's likely on its way.

Thanks to the work of addiction medicine professionals across the country, coalition partners, the voices of patients and their families, and people in recovery, this legislation includes key provisions to strengthen our addiction treatment workforce, provide standardized, evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder, and ensure healthcare coverage and payment models facilitate coordinated, comprehensive care for patients. Read a statement from ASAM to learn more about the specific provisions in this historic agreement.

The number of older women living with HIV is growing. Read about aging with HIV, aging-related health challenges, stigma and support, and more.

Sunday's Recovery 5K Walk & Run sponsored by Turning Point Counseling Services and IAA's Community Liaison Becca Brado were featured on CBS News 13 last night! One correction: studies show that people in recovery take fewer sick days than the general population. Recovery is good for our community!

IAA's Interior Medication Assisted Treatment teamed up with Fairbanks Wellness Court to celebrate recovery on Sunday, September 16th with a cookout and 5-kilometer walk.

View a video presentation of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data findings by Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD.

Helping HIV-infected drug users navigate the healthcare system leads to improved engagement and treatment adherence, a new study suggests.

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available. Nearly 1 in 5 jail and prison inmates regularly used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated, making jails a logical entry point for intervention, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

People on methadone maintenance treatment spent less time with a detectable viral load above 1500 copies/ml, potentially reducing the risk of HIV transmission, a study presented at the conference has found.

Learn how to read the package insert that comes with your HIV drugs, what information is in it, and how you can use that information.

New results are raising hopes for easing one challenge of living with HIV: the need to take daily pills for life, both to ward off AIDS and to lower the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Now, a large-scale study has shown over 48 weeks that monthly injections of two long-acting anti-HIV drugs work just as well as taking daily pills.

US drug overdose deaths surged to nearly 72,000 last year, as addicts increasingly turn to extremely powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl as the supply of prescription painkillers has tightened.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2012 due to its exceptional ability to prevent new HIV acquisitions.

Addiction disrupts all areas of your life, and sleep is no exception. According to one estimate, individuals with addiction are 5 to 10 times more likely to have co-morbid sleep disorders.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new scientific recommendations aimed at encouraging more widespread innovation and development of novel medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).

It’s critical that policymakers, health systems and governments listen to the frustrated, burned out, mistrusting providers who refuse to treat addiction. Clinicians are wary of the 15-minute visit and buprenorphine script because they know that complex problems require complex solutions.

Substantial decreases in HIV diagnoses in key cities show the way to elimination of new HIV diagnoses in gay men, a workshop at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam heard on Tuesday.

In contemplating Bourdain's suicide and her own battle with depression, Sherri Lewis writes, "I discovered that my problems were not about dying, but about how to live."

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has dubbed the over-prescription and abuse of painkillers the “public health crisis of our time” and said it will take a massive effort to combat the problem.

Conceptually, the Parity Act is quite simple: mental health and substance use health insurance benefits can be no less than medical and surgical benefits, when both types of benefits are offered in a health insurance plan. Yet, the road to implementation has been quite rocky.

While public health officials are expanding efforts to get pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) into the hands of those at risk, they are hitting roadblocks -- the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage.

Thirty years ago today I was handed a death sentence. At least that is what an HIV diagnosis meant in 1988. In fact, it meant so much more than just death. It meant shame. It meant stigma. It meant judgement and isolation.

The words we use have been shown by researchers to not only negatively influence our attitudes toward people in recovery and people who use substances — to the extent of suggesting that a health condition is a moral, social, or criminal issue — but they also impact access to health care and recovery outcomes.

Women are often under-represented in HIV research and always working to get a seat “at the table”. One way we can improve this is by taking surveys such as this one — which is to find out what we would be willing (or not willing) to do in order to participate in HIV cure research.

The science is clear: Drugs and alcohol change the brain. Using these substances repeatedly can lead to addiction. Addiction is not a moral failure. It is a chronic brain disease. Just like with any other chronic disease, patients can recover if they receive evidence-based treatment.

Do you know your HIV status - or your partner's HIV status? If not, it is important for you to get tested for HIV. An HIV test can tell you if you have acquired HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS.

The House passed a sweeping package to fight the opioid crisis, with members of both parties approving measures that include encouraging nonaddictive pain treatment and fighting the rise of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl.

It is important that all teens take HIV seriously, get educated, and be tested if they have sex or use drugs.

The Massachusetts attorney general filed a civil lawsuit against several executives of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, including members of the Sackler family. The significance of this case comes after years in which the Department of Justice investigated executives with refrain and even deference.

Methadone is more effective than morphine only in infants needing pharmacologic treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The FIRST STEP Act has been touted as a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that may allow hundreds of people in federal prisons an earlier release date, including those criminalized for HIV-related crimes at the federal level.

Living with HIV can be very difficult. One thing that can be helpful is finding the support of others living with HIV through support groups.

Patients in opioid treatment programs (OTPs) are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

An alarmingly high proportion of the HIV population is apparently at risk of prescription pill­–driven opioid addiction.

Almost nowhere do we have deep discussions about reproductive options for HIV-positive men, particularly cisgender straight men.

If we are truly going to curb the overdose epidemic or adequately treat those with addiction, we must take actions that will make a difference. These include building an addiction treatment ecosystem that looks like every other medical specialty, and make its response just as predictable and effective as the treatment for a heart attack.

The U.S. FDA announced that it has launched an innovation challenge to encourage the development of medical devices to help reduce the country’s opioid abuse crisis.

A new $9.1 million federal grant to the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will allow the center to place a new emphasis on the relationship between HIV and substance use disorder.

An increasing population of older Americans are stepping in to raise grandchildren who have been removed from their parents' care, largely because of addiction to drugs, and increasingly, opioids.

Medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on. If everyone knew this, we could bring an end to stigma around HIV. Not only that, but we could stop HIV transmissions all together.

I decided to interview five people who have been HIV positive between 10 and 30-plus years to better understand what being a long-term survivor means and to learn about some of the challenges they face or may face.

Prosecutors are increasingly treating overdose deaths as homicides, but they aren’t just going after dealers. Friends, family and fellow users are going to prison.

Usually when a prospective hire fails a pre-employment drug test, the job offer is rescinded and the applicant is never seen again. A technology company with a manufacturing plant in Richmond, Ind., decided it no longer could operate successfully that way.

HIV-positive people are living increasingly long lives. Many people living with HIV can expect to live as long as their peers who do not have HIV.

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says the private sector has a significant incentive to treat opioid addiction, given its effect on the nation’s workforce.

I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

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