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North Shore Community College and Northern Essex Community Colleges, both of which have Approved Addiction Education Program certificate courses for those working towards their LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) licensure, are offering additional opportunities to learn about substance use and addictions.
About the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AP)
The NMFP-AC will increase the number of culturally-competent Master’s Level addiction counselors available to serve underserved and minority populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25) by providing tuition stipends, training, professional guidance, and mentoring to students enrolled either in an addictions counseling Master’s program or a Master’s program with a concentration in addictions counseling from an accredited institution.
A new Whitepaper by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), "Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Healthcare," brings to light a problem that a range of education institutions in Massachusetts have recently begun to address.
SAMHSA has released an online, interactive, shared decisionmaking tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, has released the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. "...this Report aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance use disorders while defining actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions."
Along with the full report, a number of helpful Supplementary Materials are also available for use by consumers, providers, and advocates.
"Prescribing for Opioid Addiction is My Responsibility", a recent post in the American Academy of Family Physicians' Leader Voices Blog, sounds a clarion call for more prescribers to start providing buprenorphine to patients who need it.
The JAMA Network recently published an article by Michael Botticelli (Director, ONDCP) and Howard Koh (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), entitled "Changing the Language of Addiction".
Addiction Professional Magazine extended the deadline for completing its Addiction Professional 2016 Quality of Life Survey to Tuesday, September 27th. It takes less than five minutes to complete the online survey, which assesses how clinical professionals in the addiction field view their workplaces and the profession.