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  • February 14, 2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous

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    Psychotic Symptoms in Some Marijuana Users Challenge Providers

    Today's increasingly favored delivery systems for the psychoactive compound in marijuana have heightened the risk of psychotic symptoms among users, according to leaders in the treatment and research communities. An addiction treatment center medical director tells Addiction Professional that in a growing number of cases he encounters, the effects of vaping THC or using marijuana wax have become so pronounced that the individual cannot successfully be helped in a traditional substance use treatment setting.

  • February 10, 2020 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    From Maury Elsasser...

    I hope this finds you well. As you know of my obsession with Outcome Measures and Value-based care as the future of sustainable affordable healthcare but most immediately a pathway to saving more lives in the opioid epidemic.  I’ve been extremely  lucky to have been a member of ICHOM’s Workgroup this past year developing a Standard Set of Outcome Measures for Addiction.  Well, we need your feedback for our work thus far.  I’ve copied the email below from our Research Fellow Dr. Nicola Black (she is brilliant) describing how to complete a short survey.  Please pass this on to all contacts . I really appreciate it and all the work do.  Thank you so much….Please continue to read and click the links.

    What is this work about?

    Understanding and measuring the outcomes that matter most to patients is essential for delivering value-based healthcare. To facilitate this, we have developed a proposal for a standard set of outcomes to assess following treatment for substance use and addictive behaviour disorders. Implementation of this standard set will better allow informed decision making, quality improvement, and reduced costs. We are now seeking feedback on this standard set from professionals in the field to improve this recommendation, which we hope will be a minimum global standard in clinical practice.

    What are we asking?

    We are seeking professionals to provide feedback on the proposed standard set of outcome measures via our 15-30 minute survey, by February 16, 2020. We are also seeking individuals to share this survey within their networks, either via forwarding this email, including information about the survey in any relevant newsletters, and/or retweeting it. We hope that this will be shared and completed as widely as possible, so every little bit helps.

    Who can complete the survey?

    We are seeking anyone with professional experience with substance use and/or addictive behaviour disorders (disorders related to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, gambling, gaming, specifically). This includes researchers or educators, health or social care practitioners (e.g., clinicians, allied health professionals, social workers), government, policy or commissioning professionals, advocacy or charity professionals, commercial or industry representatives, and any other individuals with relevant professional experience. We are seeking professionals from any country. The survey is only available in English.

    Why are we seeking feedback?

    We hope that this standard set will become a minimum global standard. This can only be achieved if the set is truly fit-for-purpose in all settings. Through our working group, we have drawn on a diverse range of experiences of 26 experts in order to develop the current proposal. Now we want to expand this and draw on as many diverse perspectives as possible to ensure that we are validly and reliably capturing the outcomes that matter to people who seek treatment across all of the different populations and settings around the world.

    Who is conducting this work?

    This work is led by the International Consortium of Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM). The project team consists of the project managers, Sophie Chung and Luz Fialho (ICHOM), the chair, Prof Michael Farrell (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre), and the research fellow, Dr Nicola Black (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre). All major decisions in the project have been made via consensus from an international, multidisciplinary group of 26 experts from 11 countries: Dr Apinun Aramrattana (Chiang Mai University), Prof Sawitri Assanangkornchai (Prince of Songkla University), Prof Alex Blaszczynski (University of Sydney), Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones (Imperial College London), Adrian Brown (Central and North West London Trust), Dr Qiana Brown (Rutgers University), Dr Linda Cottler (University of Florida), Maury Elsasser*, Dr Marica Ferri (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction), Dr Maria Florence (University of the Western Cape), Dr Ralitza Gueorguieva (Yale School of Public Health), Ryan Hampton*, Dr Suzie Hudson (Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies), A/Prof Peter Kelly (University of Wollongong), Prof Nicholas Lintzeris (University of Sydney), Lyn Murphy*, Dr Abhijit Nadkarni (Sangath), Prof Joanne Neale (King’s College London), Prof Daniel Rosen (University of Pittsburgh), Dr Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (Universität zu Lübeck), Dr Brian Rush (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Gabriel Segal* (Alcoholics Anonymous), Dr Gillian Shorter (Ulster University), Prof Marta Torrens (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Prof Wim van den Brink (University of Amsterdam), Chris Wait* (Build on Belief). *Working group members with lived experience.

  • January 31, 2020 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    New Hampshire needs your voice.

    On Tuesday, February 4th, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 621, which would allow ready to drink spirit based cocktails (products such as "Tequila Paloma" and "Rum and Cola") available in convenience and grocery stores, making these higher alcohol percentage drinks widely accessible and available. The size of these cocktails can range from a single serving size to 749 milliliters - one milliliter less than a bottle of wine! 

    Make your voice heard on why SB 621 is wrong for New Hampshire and join us at the hearing.

    Committee Hearing on SB 621

    Tuesday, February 4th at 2:30 p.m.

    State House Room 100

    107 N. Main St. Concord, NH 03301


    This policy change would be a monumental shift in New Hampshire's current regulatory system which requires liquor products like these to be sold in state run liquor stores. Polices such as this one, which regulate the percentage and location of where liquor is sold, are in place to protect public health and safety. New Hampshire is currently struggling with a substance misuse epidemic and alcohol remains the most prevalent substance misused in the United States and New Hampshire. Now is not the time to weaken New Hampshire's alcohol regulations. 


    Can't make it to the hearing? We need strong advocates to call committee members today and urge them to oppose SB 621. 


    Thank you for your continued advocacy for our Granite State communities!

  • January 28, 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous

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    Download Instantly!


    A newly updated and abridged version of the Legal Action Center’s Book, Confidentiality & Communication, is now available as an eBook. It covers all the essentials for understanding confidentiality, including answers to questions like: 


    • When do 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA apply?
    • How did the 2017 amendments change the requirements for consent forms, patient privacy notices and the notice of prohibition on re-disclosure?
    • How to make disclosures for medical emergencies, audits, or research?
    • How can a program report a crime on program premises?
    • What should a program do if it receives a subpoena, search warrant, or arrest warrant?
    • What privacy rights do patients have?
    • How are the laws enforced and what are the security requirements?
    • What are best practices for common confidentiality issues? 


    Confidentiality & Communication is an indispensable guide to substance use disorder (SUD) privacy for new members of the SUD treatment field and stakeholders who work with individuals receiving SUD treatment, as well as seasoned confidentiality experts with questions about the 2017 and 2018 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2.

    Available for instant download for only $109. Click here to buy!


    The 2020 edition also explains the newest proposal by SAMHSA to amend the confidentiality regulations again, and flags areas where the regulations are subject to change in the future. If the regulations change in 2020, LAC will publish a new edition with fully updated information and offer a discount to customers who purchased the current edition. To see a full list of the topics covered in the abridged and updated 2020 edition of Confidentiality & Communication, visit the online Table of Contents

    The 2020 edition of Confidentiality & Communication is available as an e-book only.

  • January 09, 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration for the NAADAC 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day Is Now Open!

    NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, invites you to join the family of exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers at its 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day: Learn, Connect, Advocate, Succeed, in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from September 25-30, 2020.

    Over 1,000 addiction professionals gathered in Orlando, FL for the NAADAC 2019 Annual Conference last September to hear the latest information on addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. The 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day in Washington, DC will be even bigger and better!

    Exhibiting is an excellent opportunity to present information about your organization

    and to develop new contacts. Don't miss this chance to attend one of the largest gatherings of addiction-focused professionals of the year!

    Download 2020 Prospectus

    Exhibitor Information

    The 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center will be open on September 25-27, 2020. Exhibit booth rentals are 10' x 8’ in size. Special requests for other sizes will be accommodated if possible. Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

    In-line booth: $1,500 | Corner booth: $2,000

    All exhibitors receive two full conference registration badges and inclusion in our onsite program.

    Bundle and save through our Exhibitor Maximum Exposure Package Opportunity!

    Download 2020 Exhibit Application & Contract

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    NAADAC offers a range of custom sponsorship and advertising opportunities to maximize exposure and provide companies with exclusive chances to network with other addiction-focused health care professionals and, more importantly, with decision-makers in the addiction community.

    Get your company name, logo, and services in front of over 1,000 addiction-focused health care professionals and more than 100 exhibitors!

    Available sponsorship opportunities include: conference lanyards, hotel key cards, exclusive networking receptions, conference program ads, conference mobile app ads, promotional portfolio inserts, hotel room drops, and much more!

  • January 06, 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous






    Clinician Well-Being Case Study Webinar Series


    The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience released clinician well-being case studies in July 2019. The case studies highlight organizational initiatives that have demonstrated success in supporting well-being and reducing burnout among practicing clinicians, trainees, and/or students. 

    The second webinar in the case study webinar series, focused on the Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center, will occur on Thursday, January 16 from 2:00-3:30 pm ET. Hear directly from program developers and leadership about lessons learned, greatest challenges, and sustainability efforts of this outpatient clinic’s well-being programs and policies.

    Register for the webinar

    Watch this short video about the case studies

    Read the full case studies

  • November 25, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last year on #GivingTuesday, people all over the world contributed over $1 billion to the causes they loved.  Give today or any day and help us reach more providers and support trainings and scholarships.

    Last year, your generosity helped support our commitment to provider well-being, piloted remote training, and develop the new website you're on now!

    Thank you for all you do. Every dollar and share counts!

  • November 18, 2019 9:54 AM | Anonymous

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    Re-writing our stories as part of the recovery journey

    A film being shown to clinical professionals through screening events and conferences takes the position that patients beset by trauma, addiction and other serious conditions continue to carry a false and damaging narrative of themselves, even after their life circumstances change. The film depicts workshops in which individuals are guided to weave a new story of a life that has meaning and is marked by survival.

    The author is an Arizona based physical therapist.  He says behavioral health disorders and pain commonly involve distorted signals based on environmental factors.  In the film, he discusses chronic pain with patients, “I say, 'Your reaction is going to be everything,'” Pirtle says. “If you feel this pain and hate it, you're going to ramp it up. If you feel this pain and handle it bravely, and do other things such as exercise and engaging with the world more, the pain will not take up as much real estate in the brain.”

  • October 07, 2019 1:49 PM | Anonymous
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    RECENT SURGE IN POPULARITY: Cannabidiol Popularity Raises Questions for Clinicians

    2018 marked the passage of the federal Farm Bill, which allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp (defined as Cannabis sativa with a THC content of less than 0.3% per dry weight) from which CBD oil can be extracted. This CBD, if grown on farms authorized by this legislation, is legal under the CSA. Further muddying the waters is that more than 30 states have now made some change to their cannabis laws. As such, in states such as California, one can find CBD products in dispensaries that are extracted from plants that are still considered “marijuana” under federal law and are thus, still illegal under the CSA (though federal enforcement of these laws has been practically nonexistent in recent years). This has led to a flurry of confusion in the marketplace as large national retailers such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Amazon have recently begun selling “CBD oil.” Often, the language around these products makes vague health claims, which runs the risk of reprimand from the FDA, which bans unsubstantiated health claims in consumer advertising. Additionally, the FDA has made clear that CBD (as Epidiolex is now a prescriptible medicine) cannot be included in food products, as FDA-approved medications cannot be sold as food. However, as a recent picture in The New York Times of a Brooklyn café offering CBD infused lattes would indicate, enforcement is lax. Much more well-controlled research is needed before it can be said, from the standpoint of evidence-based medicine, that low-dose CBD is an effective treatment for psychiatric ailments.

    By Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC

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  • October 02, 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

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    Check out the release of the most recent report from the National Academy of Medicine on October 23, 2019 at 11:30 am ET for the release of
    Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being. The event will include an overview of the report and discussion of the report’s findings, recommendations, and key messages.

    The report will examine the scientific evidence regarding the causes of clinician burnout as well as the consequences for both clinicians and patients, and interventions to support clinician well-being and resilience. 

    Report Release Event

    October 23, 2019 | 11:30 AM EDT


    Please join us on October 23, 2019 at 11:30 am ET for the report release of the new National Academy of Medicine report, Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being. The event will include an overview of the report and discussion of the report’s findings, recommendations, and key messages.

    The report will examine the scientific evidence regarding the causes of clinician burnout as well as the consequences for both clinicians and patients, and interventions to support clinician well-being and resilience. 


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