Blog Entries - February 2016

Marijuana use linked to other substance use disorder risk

Posted on: February 22, 2016 9:00 am

Marijuana smokers may be much more likely to develop addiction to alcohol and other drugs than those who do not use marijuana, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study featured interviews with almost 35,000 adults 18 and

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Opioid doses and prescriptions declining in Ohio

Posted on: February 9, 2016 10:20 am

Opioid prescribing in Ohio continued to decline in 2015, according to a newly released report from the State Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). In 2015, the total doses of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased to 701

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SAMHSA releases 2015 BH Barometer

Posted on: February 5, 2016 12:00 pm

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released its 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer, addressing a range of behavioral health care issues from substance abuse to mental illness. The BH Barometer includes national data, as well

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President Proposes Funding Boost for Opioid Treatment

Posted on: February 4, 2016 3:00 pm

In his FY 2017 budget, President Obama is recommending a $1.1 billion investment in opioid treatment initiatives. The funding includes initiatives to expand medication assisted treatment, as well as provide better evaluation of the effectiveness of medication

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Longmeier takes helm at PGNO

Posted on: February 4, 2016 9:00 am

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) Board of Directors has appointed Derek Longmeier as executive director of the statewide organization. Longmeier is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II with a long volunteer and professional history

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CVS making naloxone available without prescription

Posted on: February 3, 2016 5:30 pm

National drug store chain CVS has announced that its pharmacy locations in Ohio will begin making naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medicine, available without a prescription as of late March. "Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid

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