Clinic See Success In Upending Traditional Model Of Addiction Treatment
“Traditionally, substance use disorders were treated in more of a crisis episodic way – go away for 28 days of treatment, come home and maybe it all works out,” said Christopher Yadron, vice president Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation West Region. The clinic takes a different approach.
The Desert Sun:
Betty Ford Center Using Controversial Drugs In Opioid-Addiction Treatment
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency and outlined five major priorities in addressing the opioid problem. ...[The] fifth priority is promoting the use of overdose-reversing drugs – which is at the heart of the COR-12 program created by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and combines the use of opioids with a traditional 12-step abstinence program. It’s part of an ongoing effort to find and develop new ways to help more people coming to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage – and Hazelden’s 17 facilities nationwide – to get sober and stay sober, said Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and a creator of the COR-12 program. (Barkas, 7/2)
In other public health news —
The Mercury News:
Spike In County Child Drownings Prompt Calls For Safety Reminders
Since May, three children have drowned in swimming pool accidents in Santa Clara County, and there has been as many near-drownings so far this summer as all of last summer. Concerned health care providers are reminding parents and adults about safety precautions in and around water, especially during the summer. (Lam, 7/2)
Capital Public Radio:
First Drug Using Cannabis Compound Gets Federal Approval, But Will California Docs Be Able To Prescribe It?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved the first-ever drug containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It’s an ingredient derived from marijuana plants, but it isn’t psychoactive like THC. The new CBD drug is called Epidiolex, and it’s now approved to treat two rare forms of childhood-onset epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. (Caiola, 7/2)
San Diego Parkinson's Fighters Battle Disease As Researchers Close In On Breakthrough
Parkinson’s progressively deteriorates motor skills, balance and speech. ...That’s why Rode and her 20 fellow Parkinson's fighters are taking matters into their own hands. (Murphy, 7/3)
Air District Explains Why Smoke Advisory From Wildfires To The North Came Late
Local air regulators issued a smoke advisory Sunday afternoon, hours after many people in the Bay Area woke up to an orange sky, ash falling to the ground and the smell of smoke in the air. Winds had pushed smoke and debris from the massive County Fire burning in Yolo and Napa counties into the central Bay Area, causing a flurry of photos on social media and alerts from some local agencies and elected officials. (Goldberg, 7/2)