Study Design to Evaluate a Group-based Therapy for Support Persons of Adults on Buprenorphine/Naloxone

Background Opioid use disorders (OUDs) have devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. While medication treatments for OUD save lives and are increasingly utilized, rates of treatment dropout are very high. In addition, most existing medication treatments for OUD may often neglect the impact of untreated OUD on relationships and ignore the potential role support […]

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Health Center Implementation of Telemedicine for Opioid Use Disorders: A Qualitative Assessment of Adopters and Nonadopters

Objective Although use of telemedicine for the treatment of opioid use disorders (Tele-OUD) is growing, there is limited research on how it is actually being deployed in treatment. We explored how health centers across the U.S. are using tele-OUD in treatment as well as reasons for nonadoption. Methods We used the 2018 SAMHSA Behavioral Health […]

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Nationwide Evaluation of Health Care Prices Paid by Private Health Plans: Findings from Round 3 of an Employer-Led Transparency Initiative

In the United States, low levels of price transparency make it hard for employers and other purchasers of health care to assess the prices that they pay for health care services. Using data from 2016 to 2018, the authors document variation in facility prices for the commercially insured population, reporting differences in standardized negotiated prices […]

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A Framework for Evaluating Approaches to Symptom Screening in the Workplace During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The authors of this Perspective assess five approaches to screening for symptoms of COVID-19 at the workplace: no screening, verbal screening, screening using a paper form or app, verbal screening plus a temperature check at the workplace, and screening using a paper form or app plus a temperature check at the workplace. (For all the […]

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Moonlighting to the Side Hustle: The Effect of Working an Extra Job on Household Poverty for Households With Less Formal Education

Although working more than one job to avoid economic hardship is not a new strategy for U.S. workers, official estimates suggest it is infrequent. These may not, however, include new conceptualizations of work like “side hustles.” To understand who works multiple jobs and its effect on economic well-being, we expanded the definition and used the […]

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Parents with an Unemployed Adult Child: Consumption, Income, and Savings Effects

The risk of labor market, health, and asset-value shocks comprise profound retirement savings challenges for older workers. Parents, however, may experience added risk if their children experience adverse labor market shocks. Prior research has shown that parents support their children financially through an unemployment spell. In this paper, we also provide evidence of financial support […]

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The Dawn of a New Synthetic Opioid Era: The Need for Innovative Interventions

Background Overdose deaths related to illegal drugs in North American markets are now dominated by potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, a circumstance foreshadowed by often-overlooked events in Estonia since the turn of the century. Market transitions generate important and far-reaching implications for drug policy. Argument and Analysis The supplier-driven introduction of illegally manufactured synthetic […]

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