Survey Shows Most Physicians Favor Allowing Telehealth to Treat Opioid-use Disorder
A survey of more than 1,000 registered physicians who used telehealth services to treat patients with opioid-use disorder during COVID-19 found that an overwhelming majority favor making telehealth a permanent part of their practice.
De Aquino Awarded IMPOWR-YOU Grant to Study Pain Sensitivity, Opioid Use Disorder
Joao P. De Aquino, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been awarded a pilot grant from the Integrative Management of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder for Whole Recovery-Yale and Organizations United (IMPOWR-YOU) Research Center to evaluate the relationship between pain sensitivity and brain synaptic density among people with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Impact of Cannabis Use, Substance Use Disorders, and Psychiatric Diagnoses on COVID-19 Outcomes: A Retrospective Cohort Study
COVID-19 patients with substance use disorders had greater likelihood of requiring critical interventions, such as ICU admission and ventilatory support. Substance use disorders and psychiatric diagnoses were also associated with a longer duration of hospitalization and greater number of hospital admissions.Source: The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
A call to prioritize substance use treatment in children
While nearly 6 million adolescents and young adults in the United States have a substance use disorder, only 8% receive treatment, according to data collected in 2019. This treatment gap is a critical problem, says Deepa Camenga, associate professor of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine and associate director of pediatric programs for the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine.Source: Yale News
Yale Scientists Identify Genetic Risk Factors for Opioid Use and Related Substance Use Disorders
A new human genomics study led by Yale scientists has identified genetic risk factors for opioid use disorder (OUD) and related substance use disorders according to a new large-scale genome-wide association study – increasing the number of risk genes known from 1 to 19.
Le Zhang, PhD Wins Avenir Award for Research on Substance Use Disorders and HIV/AIDS
Assistant Professor Le Zhang, PhD was recently awarded a DP2 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled “Immune Network Dysregulation of the Central Nervous System with HIV Persistence and Opioid Abuse.” The grant, which amounts to more than $2.5 million, began on May 15, 2022 and lasts for four years.
Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Treated in Emergency Departments Shed Light on Their Unmet Needs and Opportunities to Improve Care in Yale-Led Study Published in JAMA Network Open
To better understand the experiences of patients with OUD on receiving care in the ED and to identify opportunities to improve care, Yale researchers led a collaboration with New York University, John’s Hopkins University, University of Cincinnati, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and the University of Washington. Between June 2018 and January 2019. They conducted focus groups with ED patients across six academic, community, and public safety net EDs in Baltimore, MD, Cincinnati, OH, New York City, NY, Seattle, WA and Claremont, NH, as part of two NIDA Clinical Trials Network studies.
Stressed Out and Locked-Down During Pandemic, New Yorkers Craved Alcohol, YSPH Study Finds
As New York state’s lockdown orders wore on in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents increasingly felt cravings for alcohol — and reported subsequently misusing it, a new study from scientists at the Yale School of Public Health and Stony Brook University has found.
Here’s how Connecticut can move beyond the harm of the War on Drugs
In the 1990s, then-Senator Joe Biden and others pushed a War on Drugs, a war that had a tremendous negative impact on our state. Prison populations soared; over a third of young men of color were under criminal justice supervision; and drug use and attendant public health consequences proceeded unabated.Source: CT Mirror
Pandemic-based Approach to Methadone Treatment Restrictions Should Remain, YSPH Study Finds
When the COVID-19 pandemic ripped through New England and the rest of the United States in early 2020, substance use disorder treatment centers were forced to make massive changes to minimize the spread of coronavirus.
The Overdose Crisis: Harm Reduction in U.S. Health Policy
On May 20, Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine and Program in Addiction Medicine hosted its first event on Clubhouse, a social networking app that allows members to gather in audio chat rooms and discuss issues in a live podcast style. The event focused on the drug overdose in the United States and incorporation of harm reduction into U.S. health policy and practice.
WHRY Funds Studies on Heart Disease, Insomnia, and Pain
Women’s Health Research at Yale today announced funding for three new studies investigating a method for improving the diagnosis of heart disease in women, a therapy for clinically significant sleep disruption common in Black women, and the influence of biological sex on the underlying brain patterns that link pain and opioid use.