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Corporate News

AIT Laboratories, a HealthTrackRx company, Awarded Group Purchasing Contract from Vizient, Inc. for GuideMed®

Press Release, March 28, 2017
AIT Laboratories, a HealthTrackRx company, has been awarded a group purchasing contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country. The agreement provides enhanced savings on AIT’s specific clinical solution, GuideMed®, which is aimed at preventing opioid misuse to Vizient’s diverse membership and customer base, which includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.  Read more…

Behavioral Health

Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others

HealthDay News, March 8, 2016
Study finds 54 percent of kids surveyed use medications for non-medicinal purposes.  Read more…

Women's/Neonatal Health

State Policies on Pregnancy and Drug Abuse

Guttmacher Institute, March 1, 2016
Includes states that require testing when abuse is suspected (PDF).  Read more…

This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter’s like at 43.

Washington Post, January 18, 2016
Karli Schrider is 43 years old, but she has the developmental age of a first-grader. Her mother drank while pregnant, unaware of the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. Read more…

Expert Urges Caution in Prescribing Opioids to Pregnant Women

The Fix, January 14, 2016
In a recent editorial, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow advocates for safer opioid prescribing practices for pregnant women. Read more…

Babies Born Dependent on Drugs are Dying at an Alarming Rate After Leaving the Hospital

Business Insider, January 15, 2016
The chairman of a U.S. House committee that oversees child abuse issues opened an inquiry Friday into whether the federal government is failing to enforce a law meant to protect thousands of babies born dependent on drugs each year. Read more…

Substance Abuse

Presidential Proclamation — National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2016

The White House, August 31, 2016
Read the entire White House Press Release here

Surgeon General Writes to Every Doctor in U.S. About Opioid Epidemic

TIME, August 26, 2016
The United States surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has sent a letter to every doctor in the United States asking them to help solve the problem of opioid addiction in the United States. Read more…

Are We Ignoring an Escalating Benzodiazapine Epidemic?

The Fix, June 9, 2016
Deaths from benzodiazepine overdose have grown at a faster rate than deaths from opiate overdose each year for thirteen consecutive years. So what can we do now to arrest or reverse this trend? Read more…

Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction

NBC News, March 29, 2016
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America’s opioid addiction epidemic, steps that would make it easier to obtain medication-based treatment, expand Medicaid coverage and increase availability of a drug that saves people from overdoses. Read more…

Naloxone prescriptions from pharmacies increased ten-fold

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),
February 18, 2016

A new scientific analysis shows prescriptions for naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, has increased ten-fold in the past eighteen months. Read more…

91% of Patients Who Survive Opioid Overdose are Prescribed More Opioids

Annals of Internal Medicine, December 30, 2015
Examining a national database of health insurance claims, researchers found that 91 percent of patients who suffered a nonfatal overdose of prescription opioid painkillers continued getting prescriptions for opioids following the overdose. Read more…

New Medications for Treating Opioid Addiction Are on the Horizon

NPR, January 15, 2016
A new method of delivering medication for opioid addicts gained approval from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel this week. Read more…

In Drug Epidemic, Resistance to Medication Costs Lives

The Pew Charitable Trusts, January 11, 2016
Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. Read more…

Long-Term Follow-Up of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction to Pain Relievers Yields “Cause for Optimism”

National Institute on Drug Abuse, November 30, 2015
Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. Read more…

Government Updates

New CDC Guidelines on Opioid Prescribing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
March 15, 2016

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report e-Book. Read more…

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
March 15, 2016

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. Read more…

CDC’s draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Improving the way opioids are prescribed for safer chronic pain treatment. Read more…

Industry News

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31

Help create awareness about overdose prevention and provide support to families and friends who have lost loved ones to overdose. People lost due to overdose are not just statistics – they are family and friends. The tragedy of overdose is far too frequent but is ultimately preventable. Overdose prevention, education and recognition play a crucial role in saving lives and we thank you for getting involved. Learn more…

North America Toxicology Laboratories Market is Expected to Reach US$ 198.2 Mn by 2022, Persistence Market Research Report

Globe Newswire, March 15, 2016
Persistence Market Research delivers key insights on the North America Toxicology Laboratories Market in its latest outlook titled “North America Market Study on Toxicology Laboratories: Increasing Usage of Toxicology Testing Services in Crime Investigation is Expected to Drive the Growth of Toxicology Laboratories”. Read more…