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2018 Special Section Call for Papers – Intent to Submit Deadline Approaches

Our August 15th deadline for an Intent to Submit email is approaching for our 2018 Special Section. The topic is Implementation and Quality Improvement: Applying and Advancing Best Practices in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment. We’ve received a number of intent emails thus far and look forward to reviewing yours!

Topics of interest include:

  • Quality improvement in Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) programs, including linkage with OUD treatment
  • Innovations in clinical trial, epidemiology, health services, and translational addiction research
  • Implementation science research
  • Addiction program quality improvement
  • Addiction policy and education initiatives
  • Interdisciplinary research conducted by health professionals who are traditionally underrepresented in addiction research (e.g., pharmacists)

For full details, please view our Call for Papers:

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As always, we welcome any questions – please email the Editor-in-Chief at substanceabuseeditor@gmail.com.

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The Authors’ Own Words: Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders within a National Community Health Center Research Network

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders within a national community health center research network
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

Our manuscript details a descriptive research study about care for substance use disorders in non-specialty settings; we examine prevalence rates, patient characteristics, utilization of medication assisted treatments, and screening for safety net patients from a national network of community health centers. Findings from this study provide important information about the low rates of use of medication assisted treatments in primary care settings, and also provide insights into the characteristics and care for uninsured patients, a population often overlooked in most studies utilizing insurance claims data. The implications of these findings include a focused understanding of the treatment needs and future steps that need to be taken in order to adequately address substance use disorders in safety net populations.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> January-April 2017.
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The Authors’ Own Words: Vicarious trauma and vicarious posttraumatic growth among substance abuse treatment provider

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Vicarious trauma and vicarious posttraumatic growth among substance abuse treatment provider
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

Many clients who are in treatment for substance abuse also have a history of trauma. Treatment providers acknowledge the role that trauma plays in substance abuse and many provide integrated treatment for trauma symptoms and substance abuse. Unfortunately, programmatic changes have proceeded faster than has our understanding of the impact of this work on substance abuse treatment providers. In particular, we know that working with clients who have experienced trauma can result in vicarious trauma and/or vicarious posttraumatic growth. This study examined factors associated with vicarious trauma and vicarious posttraumatic growth for counselors working with clients in substance abuse treatment. Counselors who were in recovery were more likely than other counselors to report a history of trauma; they also reported higher levels of vicarious trauma and vicarious posttraumatic growth. This study identified risk factors for counselors’ experiencing vicarious trauma and vicarious posttraumatic growth, and points to the importance of preparing counselors, both personally and professionally, for addressing trauma within substance abuse treatment programs.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> January-April 2017.
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The Authors’ Own Words: Intoxication and binge and high-intensity drinking among US young adults in their mid-20s

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Intoxication and binge and high-intensity drinking among US young adults in their mid-20s
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

The likelihood of discussing alcohol use with a doctor or other health professional has been shown to decrease sharply after age 24, but empirical studies of high-risk alcohol use among this group have not been available to indicate if such decreased clinician communication overall is warranted. Our study, which estimated the prevalence of a range of alcohol use behaviors among US young adults aged 25/26, found that 39.9% of these young adults reported being intoxicated at least once in the past 30 days and 25.6% reported usually experiencing a sustained high of 3 or more hours when drinking alcohol. In the past two weeks, binge drinking (5+ drinks in a row) was reported by 36.3% of respondents, and 12.4% reported high-intensity drinking (10+ drinks in a row). These rates of age 25/26 alcohol use remained stable over the ten years of data examined, in contrast to significant declines over historical time in alcohol prevalence rates among these same individuals at age 18. Results suggest that high-risk alcohol use prevention approaches to reach young adults in their mid-twenties are needed, as are efforts to increase proactive screening to identify young adults participating in high-risk alcohol use.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> January-April 2017.
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Fruit and vegetable intake as a moderator of the association between depressive symptoms and cigarette smoking

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Fruit and vegetable intake as a moderator of the association between depressive symptoms and cigarette smoking
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

Cigarette smoking prevalence persists as a major clinical and public health problem, especially among persons with a depression history. In this pre-clinical and observational cohort study, we found fruit and vegetable intake to moderate the association between depression and smoking. After controlling for demographic characteristics and general health behavior orientation, there was only an association between depressive symptoms and smoking among respondents with low to moderate levels of fruit and vegetable intake cross-sectionally. When tested longitudinally, persons with elevated depressive symptoms at baseline were only less likely to quit smoking four years later at low levels of FVI. However, there was no association between depressive symptoms and smoking at higher levels of fruit and vegetable intake. We also discuss potential mechanisms of action for our results such as monoamine-oxidase inhibition, a known factor associated with smoking, fruit and vegetable intake, and depression. Future clinical research could elucidate whether or not increased fruit and vegetable intake might serve as an adjunct to smoking cessation among persons with a depression history.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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The Authors’ Own Words: Tobacco outlet density and attitudes towards smoking among urban adolescent smokers

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Tobacco outlet density and attitudes towards smoking among urban adolescent smokers
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

This research shows an association between residential exposure to stores selling tobacco with attitudes towards smoking among youth smokers, and suggests that exposure to ambient tobacco advertising molds a youth’s intention to smoke and their perception of self-efficacy regarding smoking cessation. Youth living in areas of high concentrations of stores selling tobacco may have more difficulty stopping smoking as compared to other youth. Thus, the efficacy of youth smoking interventions may be enhanced by explicitly addressing the contextual influence of pro-tobacco messages found in residential environments.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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The Authors’ Own Words: The association between benzodiazepine prescription and aberrant drug-related behaviors in primary care patients receiving opioids for chronic pain

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

The association between benzodiazepine prescription and aberrant drug-related behaviors in primary care patients receiving opioids for chronic pain
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

We found that benzodiazepine prescription was associated with early opioid refills in patients prescribed opioids for pain. An important part of a clinician’s role is to weigh the risks and benefits of a treatment. We feel that this study can help clinicians who treat chronic pain patients with opioids in making that risk-benefit calculation before prescribing a benzodiazepine by providing more information about the potential risks of benzodiazepine use in this population.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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The Authors’ Own Words: Racial differences and the role of neighborhood in the sequencing of marijuana and tobacco initiation among urban youth

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Racial differences and the role of neighborhood in the sequencing of marijuana and tobacco initiation among urban youth.
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

This study highlights an important potential pathway to tobacco use among urban youth, which begins with marijuana use.  Among this urban sample, Black youth and youth with greater exposure to violent victimization were at increased risk of initiating marijuana use before initiating tobacco use.  Prevention and intervention work should recognize the risk of transitioning to tobacco use among marijuana users with particular risk profiles.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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The Authors’ Own Words: Monitoring Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in buprenorphine-exposed IVF twins: a case study

We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.

Monitoring neonatal abstinence syndrome in buprenorphine-exposed in vitro fertilization twins: A case study
Laura Brandt, Patrick Swoboda, Gabriele Fischer, and Annemarie Unger
Substance Abuse Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2016

This is the first case report on neonatal outcomes of IVF-conceived twins exposed to buprenorphine in utero including NAS course and treatment. In the present case (where no concomitant substance use occurred over month prior to delivery), the NAS treatment duration exceeds that reported for buprenorphine-exposed neonates in previous studies. Of note, the total neonatal morphine dose for both twins far exceeds the average reported by other publications. Considering that the staff in the present case was not blinded with regard to maternal medication and dose or the IVF-status, this may have led to concerns for using a more rapid tapering process. In light of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, a discussion of the presented case, and especially the treatment course in the neonates, with researchers and practitioners in the field but also with patient ombudsmen might have the potential to improve the human rights situation for such patients.

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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Seth Godin on What We Deserve

Seth Godin is a hero and mentor of Managing Editor Dan Harding.

Seth is an author, speaker, thought leader, and has been blogging daily insights for over 10 years.

A recent blog post nicely summarized why many of us do what we do with a fresh lens – a lens about what we deserve.

View the post here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/10/moral-hazard-is-no-excuse-for-our-inhumanity.html

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Our newly released issue is now online —> October-December 2016.
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