MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds

MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds. “There’s a rallying cry heard often in the battle against opioid addiction: People with opioid use disorder need immediate access to treatment, particularly the medications that stop cravings and prevent overdoses. But a study published this week in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that one avenue to addiction treatment — a federal database of clinicians who prescribe buprenorphine, a key antiaddiction medication — is rife with inaccuracies and unlikely to connect patients with care.”

EurekAlert: Computer game may help to predict reuse of opioids

EurekAlert: Computer game may help to predict reuse of opioids. “The game, now being developed as an app, tests each patient’s comfort with risk-taking, producing mathematical scores called betas long used by economists to measure consumers’ willingness to try new products. The team then used a statistical test to see whether changes in risk-taking comfort tracked with opioid reuse, and found that people who placed higher-risk bets had higher beta scores.”

Undark: To Tackle Drug Use, Researchers and People With Addiction Alike Turn to Online Forums

Undark: To Tackle Drug Use, Researchers and People With Addiction Alike Turn to Online Forums. “As the opioid epidemic worsens, claiming about 130 lives a day in 2018 in the United States alone, a cadre of researchers is looking for solutions to addiction and overdoses in the sprawl of drug forums. The researchers say that drug forums on the dark net — a catch-all for internet hubs that are often encrypted or unavailable through regular search engines — along with more mainstream counterparts like Bluelight and drug-related threads on the website Reddit, might be a medical or research tool in their own right.”

CNET: Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources

CNET: Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources. “Google on Thursday said it’s adding tools to its Maps app to help people recover from drug addiction. The search giant said it launching a new feature for Google Maps that shows people where to go to attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous gatherings. The meetings take place in more than 33,000 locations, such as community centers or churches.”

Appalachian State University: Drs. Russell and Thames use Facebook to Understand the Opioid Epidemic

Appalachian State University: Drs. Russell and Thames use Facebook to Understand the Opioid Epidemic. “Using Facebook pages administered by Ohio newspapers, [Dr. David] Russell, [Dr. Naomi] Spence, and [Dr. Kelly] Thames critically evaluated news coverage and narratives discussing the opioid epidemic. They were also able to assess public reactions to the various newspaper posts on Facebook to shed light on the ranges of public understanding and attitudes towards this issue.”

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction

EurekAlert: Excessive social media use is comparable to drug addiction . “Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction.”