Clinical Column: How To Talk To Your Kids About Drugs

Posted by Dr Sarah Johnson on Aug 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

Back to school means shopping for supplies, clothes, new shoes and preparing kids for the upcoming year. New classes, new sports teams and new friends are some of the exciting “news” that arrive every fall. Unfortunately, there are also new opportunities for kids to be exposed to drugs.

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Clinical Column:The Need For Effective Medicaid SUD Treatment

Posted by Charley Melson on Aug 8, 2019 1:38:09 PM

 

Medicaid has been a staple topic in the media for years, with an ongoing debate regarding its policies. Medicaid is a lifeline to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have access to essential care to promote health and well-being. The implications of Medicaid services extend past healthcare and trickles down into various aspects of public well-being.

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Clinical Column: The Benefits And Differences Between MAT Programs

Posted by Jessica Tate on Jul 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

From opioid misuse to increased opioid-use related overdoses to the rising incidence of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms, the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic continue to increase. With such consequences arises conversations regarding the appropriate treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, often evoking debates whether traditional total-abstinence or harm-reduction approaches are most efficacious. If one were to research Medication-Assisted treatment, they would likely find a number of opinions. That’s not what I’m here to do; today, I want to present you with some facts regarding what MAT is and the various forms of MAT programs available.

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Clinical Column: Women & Substance Abuse-Causes, Effects & Consequences

Posted by Dr Sarah Johnson on Jul 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

“Mommy needs wine!” and other common memes highlight the societal trends of normalizing substance abuse in women. An estimated 19.5 million women reported using illicit substances over the past year, according to recent studies. These numbers do not include the use of alcohol or tobacco. Why does this matter? Science shows that there are many important differences in the way that women respond to drugs when compared to men. From a metabolic standpoint, women often suffer the negative consequences of drug use more than men due to body size and metabolism. Women more easily become intoxicated or have adverse health consequences. Women may become addicted to substances quicker, and after using smaller quantities than men. Women may also be more likely and experience relapse after treatment.

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