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Substance Abuse

New Mexico plans to decriminalize marijuana starting July 2019

April 09, 2019

New Mexico plans to decriminalize marijuana starting July 2019

Addiction Substance Abuse

New Mexico is all set to decriminalize marijuana starting July 1, 2019. With the implementation of this law, New Mexico will become the 24th state to decriminalize cannabis. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the state‚Äôs Governor recently signed a legislation that reduced criminal penalties for possessing marijuana. Going forward, possessing marijuana will be considered as a civil…

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Significant ruling against health insurer for denying health care to mental health and addiction patients

April 01, 2019

Significant ruling against health insurer for denying health care to mental health and addiction patients

Mental Health Substance Abuse

Joseph C. Spero, a federal judge in Northern California passed a significant ruling recently against a unit of the giant insurer United Health Group. The renowned health insurer was accused of formulating internal policies that discriminated against patients suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders, in order to promote savings. Chief Magistrate Spero mentioned…

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Holistic approach may help prevent prescription drug abuse, suggests study

March 25, 2019

Holistic approach may help prevent prescription drug abuse, suggests study

Addiction Substance Abuse

A holistic approach comprising a program offering acupuncture, gentle exercise, massage, and mindfulness may help prevent individuals taking prescription opioids from misusing these drugs, overdosing, and eventually losing their lives, suggested a study carried out at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF). The study pursued the effects of a such a program…

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Federal regulations restrict doctors from prescribing addiction medications

March 11, 2019

Federal regulations restrict doctors from prescribing addiction medications

Addiction Substance Abuse

Opioid-based medications, like buprenorphine, are quite useful to help prevent overdoses, curb cravings, and allow patients dealing with drug abuse issues to get through the day without any fear of painful withdrawal symptoms. Such prescription drug addiction treatment drugs help people achieve long-lasting recovery from addiction and are far more reliable than quitting drug abuse…

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MHPAEA leads to increased spending on outpatient substance abuse treatment

March 08, 2019

MHPAEA leads to increased spending on outpatient substance abuse treatment

Addiction Substance Abuse

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) has contributed towards increased expenditure on outpatient treatment pertaining to substance abuse, without contributing much to increase the expenditure on outpatient mental health care. This finding was released by Norah Mulvaney-Day and her team of scientists through a report published in February 2019. Norah…

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