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Treatment Research Institute Approved for $13 Million Research Funding Award by the U.S. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) has been approved for a five-year, $13 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study patient-centered care for opioid use disorders (OUD) in Federally Qualified Health Centers. In response to the U.S. opioid epidemic, TRI has designed a holistic, flexible and patient-centered approach to treating opioid…
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TRI March Newsletter

Stay Connected! Sign up to receive TRI’s monthly eNewsletter here. Integrating Medication Assisted Treatment Best Practices into Drug Courts Effective utilization of medication assisted treatments (MAT) for opioid use disorder has been shown to significantly improve clinical and criminal justice outcomes. As drug courts across the country begin to integrate MAT into their practices as…
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Discussing the Concept of Marijuana as a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

Heroin and other opioids – highly effective painkillers that include oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl – have been consuming the small, high desert communities in the Southwest. The state of New Mexico has introduced harm-reduction efforts – like syringe exchange services, overdose training and the distribution of naloxone, an injection that can reverse the effects of…
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TRI Contributes to Conversation About Treating Opioid Addiction with Marijuana

Thomas McLellan, founder of the not-for-profit Treatment Research Institute, who served for a year as deputy drug czar under the Obama administration, calls the use of marijuana for opioid addiction a “wacky idea”. “Marijuana has exactly no role in the treatment of any mental illness,” he says, “especially substance-use disorders.” Research has shown that those…
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TRI Endorses Recommendations to Strengthen Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care

As lawmakers consider health reform legislation, TRI signed on to support comprehensive recommendations issued by the Coalition for Whole Health, which brings together leading national organizations from the mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) fields. The recommendations urged policymakers to ensure that our nation’s system of health care and coverage includes the following…
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TRI February Newsletter

Mobile app gives clients individualized recovery care As treatment providers rethink their roles in supporting continuous, ongoing addiction care, they need the tools to support this shift into practice. One way to promote continuous care is for clinicians to systematically monitor progress and respond therapeutically. This includes monitoring clients to help guide treatment, review progress,…
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Study: Many in treatment for opioid addiction are prescribed more opioid painkillers

Many people receiving the most common medication to treat opioid addiction are being prescribed opioid painkillers at the same time, a surprising finding that helps explain why even the most effective substance abuse therapies don’t work nearly as well as experts say they should. The new study, published Thursday in the journal Addiction, also determined…
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Harris County eyes overhaul of residential treatment

It has been more than a decade since Harris County offenders on probation worked out at a military-style compound in Atascosita as part of a defunct program that emphasized exercise and discipline. Instead of dropping to do push-ups, violators now take life-skills and education classes – strategies viewed as better-suited for keeping probationers with substance…
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A New Way to View, Treat and Prevent Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use

While the number of teenagers experimenting with alcohol or other drugs has stabilized, the number of high school students who smoke marijuana daily, who binge drink and who get drunk is unacceptably high. In fact, for the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th-graders, and the perception of marijuana use…
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The opioid epidemic—from the headlines to hope

The news can sound dire. Opioid addiction is ruining families and taking lives at an ever increasing rate. In this round-table discussion, Dr. Gottlieb brings together a clinician, researcher, family members and individuals in recovery to go beyond the headlines and look at what is working to bring addicts into treatment. They discuss some interventions…
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