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The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses. (Shutterstock)

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Inmates are excluded from Medicaid – here’s why it makes sense to change that

Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.
Since 2009 an increasing number of drugs have emerged that are designed to circumvent the law and are cheap to produce. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Is Australia really being flooded by new killer drugs?

There is a potential for significant harm in Australia if we don't have adequate systems in place to monitor our drug markets and respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected.

Health problems run riot through youth justice system

Young people in custody or serving community-based orders suffer from depression, substance abuse and dependence at significantly…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem. Image from shutterstock.com

Better health services needed to break cycle of juvenile offending

Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…

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