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Extra! Extra! After a bipartisan outcry in Congress, the Trump administration has backtracked on their proposal to cut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95%. The administration’s reversal came the same day that newly-installed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a new agency effort to address addiction to prescription opioid painkillers. Get the scoop on proposed plans to fund this important work.

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This is a guest post from Ricki Townsend, a Registered Interventionist, Drug/Alcohol Counselor,  CADC-CAS, Chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist

Before answering your question, I’d like to gently suggest that detox without treatment has very little chance for success. Supporting your son in recovery really calls for residential treatment, ideally for 90 days. If you really want to help him and support his recovery, I hope you can find a way to line up residential treatment.

It’s critical to understand that detox followed by abstinence versus recovery are really different. 

Read more: The Professional's Perspective: Should I clean out my son's room while he's in detox?

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After getting schooled on the far reaches of our nation’s opioid epidemic, many communities are  equipping their school nurses with naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. It makes sense: they've got eyes on the community and boots on the blacktop at school, where presciption pills can take a toll as the drug of choice for many young people. Learn how the opioid epidemic is playing out on playgrounds and in classrooms across the nation.

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This is a guest post from Don Troutman, Founder of Clean & Sober Transitional Living

People used to think that recovering from chemical dependency was a one-shot deal like taking “The Cure,” and that once you took “The Cure,” you’d be OK.  They didn’t view addiction or alcoholism as a continuing process or a chronic disease. Even the structure of a the 28-day treatment model adds to the illusion that this disease can be vanquished in 28 days. In truth, the 28-day treatment concept was designed to comply with the insurance companies and their willingness to finance a finite number of days of treatment.

Read more: Why 28 days in treatment is just the start

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports there aren’t any studies that demonstrate the benefits of opioids for long- term pain control outweigh the risks. And those risks are substantial, including addiction for one-third of the patients who take opioids for chronic pain. Doctors have gotten that memo, and they’re beginning to educate patients accordingly. See how one California hospital system shares those facts with patients to stop addiction before it starts.

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