A major concern of some critics is the lack of solid evidence backing up the guidelines, which give recommendations on prescribing practices.
Under the bill, prescribers would regularly be compared against their peers, and informed when their prescribing numbers exceed the average among their peers of a similar specialty, practice setting and...
To understand its seductive powers, think of a cigarette as your lover who comes up behind you and massages your shoulders, or gives you a warm hug. And at the...
Ultimately, it was a pharmacist who put a stop to Vinnie’s opioid use by refusing to fill his prescription.
We favor broad screening as a way to reduce death and disability due to substance use that typically starts in the teen years.
"Motivational interviewing," a subtle but powerful method for changing unhealthy behavior, is sizzling hot in medicine these days as doctors try to change the patient behaviors that drive illness.
There are almost four times as many men and women coming out of detox as there are from a two- or four-week recovery program.
2014 was CommonHealth's Year of the Brain, as embodied in its multi-part and multi-media brain series, "Brain Matters: Reporting from the Frontlines of Neuroscience."
As Massachusetts lawmakers take up the $20 million bill aimed at addressing the state's opioid crisis, questions about the best treatments remain.
The study found abnormalities in areas of the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.
Dr. Daniel P. Alford, MD, Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education Program at Boston Medical Center, calls the new Blue Cross opioid policy "flawed and irresponsible."
Two Harvard Medical School professors of psychiatry say that a new book that claims to "debunk" 12-step programs like AA actually misrepresents the evidence.
In an unusual move, a coalition of activists and physicians, concerned about the problem of prescription pain-reliever abuse, yesterday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to revoke its approval...
Every day in the United States, 105 people die as a result of a drug overdose and another 6,748 are treated in emergency rooms across the country for the misuse...
According to public health researchers “cigarettes have a more efficient nicotine delivery system than ever before.”