Supervised injection sites heading to NYC.

New York City Mayor Approves Supervised Injection Sites

Amidst the fatal opioid epidemic that has swept across the nation, major American cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and San Francisco have voiced a need for supervised injection sites to stop the spread of blood-borne diseases and prevent overdose deaths. New York City is officially throwing its hat into the ring. Earlier this week, […]

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Trump Unveils Opioid Addiction Prevention Plan

Trump’s Opioid Addiction Prevention Plan Garners Mixed Reviews

Opioid addiction prevention was one of the primary campaign issues for Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election. He went from town to town, some of which were at the very heart of the problem, touting plans to implement real reforms, however ambiguous they might have been at that moment. After a few signals of […]

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RU Encore Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018

The RU Encore team would like to recognize and celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day and offer special acknowledgement to the enormous social strides made by women all over the world in 2018. While the impact and significance of this day is equally important year after year, 2018 brings a particular resonance in the wake […]

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Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center

Choosing the Right Drug Addiction Treatment Center

The news has been rife lately with stories of opportunistic and lesser-quality treatment facilities putting their own financial interests ahead of patient care and, in some cases, actively threatening patients’ safety and taking advantage of their vulnerability. While these centers in no way accurately represent the average drug addiction treatment experience, they may understandably cause […]

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Alex Azar discusses medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

FDA Expands Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

In the latest effort to combat the nation’s leading public health issue (a phenomenon which took the lives of around 64,000 Americans last year), the Food and Drug Administration is moving to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options for individuals battling opioid addiction. The agency announced this past week that it intends to allow pharmaceutical companies […]

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Helping an Addicted Friend

Helping an Addicted Friend

Very often, we look at a friend who is vulnerable to drug or alcohol dependency and convince ourselves that it’s not our business to intervene or not our place to say anything about it. In theory, this sense of neutrality may make perfect sense; in practice, watching an addicted friend fall further and further into […]

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Addiction Treatment in America

Addiction Treatment in America

At the end of last month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned after it was discovered that she purchased stock in the tobacco industry; a clear conflict of interest and a potential violation of ethics. At around the same time, it was announced that Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet and Jamie […]

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Music Therapy

Five Truths about Music Therapy

When people hear about music-based addiction therapy, they’re immediately compelled to ask numerous questions, not the least significant of which include “Does it really work?” and “How does it work?” The reality is that music has been a viable therapeutic resource for thousands of years. Whether it’s the repetitive beating of a drum or listening […]

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Brenda Fitzgerald

What Does Ex CDC Chief’s Resignation Say about Addiction Care in the US?

Last month former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned when a Washington Post piece unearthed her purchase of tobacco stocks after she accepted her position. The problematic nature and questionable optics of the nation’s chief public health official financially benefitting from a substance that kills nearly 500,000 people a year need […]

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Careers with rates of substance abuse and addiction.

Jobs with High Rates of Substance Abuse and Addiction

We’re all familiar with the relationship between addiction and music; however, there is also a variety of everyday professions in which substance abuse and addiction are unfortunately common. Many of these high-pressure and exceptionally stressful fields have even worked with treatment providers to develop specialized addiction care programs that cater to the specific factors in […]

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