Substance use disorders (SUD), including the abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, or opioids, can lead to significant negative consequences to an individual's mental and physical health, work performance, housing status, and social functioning. Important issues being studied include alcohol screening and brief counseling, SUD specialty care, and the treatment of common comorbidities (i.e., SUD and PTSD or SUD and chronic pain).
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Alzeer AH, Jones J, Bair MJ. Review of Factors, Methods, and Outcome Definition in Designing Opioid Abuse Predictive Models. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2018 May 1; 19(5):997-1009.
Carey EP, Nolan C, Kerns RD, Ho PM, Frank JW. Association Between Facility-Level Utilization of Non-pharmacologic Chronic Pain Treatment and Subsequent Initiation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy. Journal of general internal medicine. 2018 May 1; 33(Suppl 1):38-45.
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Then and Now: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in VA As the largest provider of substance use disorder treatment in the nation, VA has taken proactive steps to increase access to medications indicated for opioid use disorder (OUD), which is an essential component of evidence-based care. This article examines the history of those medications (methadone, buprenorphine, and injectable naltrexone) within VA, as well as early and ongoing efforts to incre...
Declining Rates in VA Prescriptions for Long-Term Opioids This study sought to characterize the overall prevalence of opioid prescribing in the VA healthcare system from 2010 through 2016 by duration of use. Findings showed that opioid prescribing trends followed similar trajectories in VA and non-VA settings, peaking around 2012 and subsequently declining. The prevalence of VA opioid prescribing was 20.8% in 2010, 21.2% in 2012, and declined annually to...
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