Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has introduced legislation designed to improve addiction treatment standards and allow doctors to commit unwilling patients to 72 hours in a treatment facility.
Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Integrated care: a beloved platitude
Ed Jones, PhDIntegrated care is a slogan. It seems like a high principle, but it is really a ruse or gross ...
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DEA creates Kentucky field division
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Integrated care: a beloved platitude
Ed Jones, PhDIntegrated care is a slogan. It seems like a high principle, but it is really a ruse or gross exaggeration in most cases, especially when behavioral health is on the table.
How to counteract media bias against treatment centers
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Big Pharma, big lawsuits
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Cardinal Health announces four-part opioid initiative
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Operation UNITE, Kentucky officials launching SUD help line
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