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Marijuana Usage During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Implications for Children

Marijuana has been proven to have a host of medicinal uses, one of which is to cease, or at least curb, nausea. Pregnant women are often susceptible to this at some point in their pregnancy, and many have turned to marijuana in order to endure it. Due to the drug’s public reputation of having few…

Marijuana-Related Illness on the Rise in Colorado

Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, there has been a sharp increase in a cannabis–related illness showing up in area emergency rooms and clinics. Known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), the illness brings abdominal pain and cyclical vomiting caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. An article from CBS News follows…

ECHO: Expanding community-based treatment for opioid use disorder

With our country in the midst of an opioid crisis, the call for health care innovation has never been stronger. Committed to addressing that crisis, Beacon is a partner in one of the most innovative health care projects in the country: Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a model that revolutionizes how non-specialty providers…

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Takes Action on Opioid Epidemic

On Nov. 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to begin additional action toward curtailing the nationwide opioid epidemic. These measures include an expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for those suffering from opioid use disorder. These measures will also include training for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as…

Surgeon General Report Urges Action on Substance Use

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a report regarding the U.S. addiction crisis. Murthy accompanied the release of this report with a statement that emphasizes the magnitude of the crisis, and implores the nation to accept their responsibility to take care of one another. The report has three basic themes: Addiction is a chronic neurological disease,…

How Beacon is Combating the Opioid Addiction Crisis

2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids Opioid overdose is now the #1 cause of accidental death in America Opioid-related deaths have increased 200% since 2000 Nearly 80% of people with opioid addiction do not receive treatment Wait lists for treatment can be a year long Beacon’s Clinical Philosophy Opioid addiction is a chronic…

Is Addiction a Chronic Brain Disease?

Addiction as a chronic brain disease continues to be debated, but a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that neuroscience supports addiction as a chronic brain disease. Not everyone views addiction as a chronic brain disease. Marc Lewis, PhD, neuroscientist and former addict, declares in his book, “The Biology of Desire:…