Category: Richard Saitz

LETTERS: Real evidence is needed before we extol alcohol’s benefits

September 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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By Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

With his Sept. 10 op-ed column, Jeff Jacoby asks, “Why can’t alcohol labels tout benefits?” Here’s why…

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Priorities in addiction treatment bill debated

July 29th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

Paul Kusiak calls it “our family’s personal 9/11.” His two sons, four years apart in age, both started struggling with opioid addiction a decade ago. At the same time, Kusiak faced another bruising fight: getting insurance to pay for his sons’ medical care…

Expert quote:

“You don’t want to encourage unnecessary inpatient care.”

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Does marijuana make it harder to quit other drugs?

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Public Health

Because marijuana stimulates reward areas in the brain, people who smoke marijuana may find it more difficult to stop using other drugs and alcohol, a new study suggests. Researchers say the findings point to the possibility that addressing marijuana use during addiction treatment could improve treatment outcomes…

Expert quote:

“Our study followed participants over a year and included laboratory testing for drugs and alcohol, and analyses adjusted for addiction severity—making it likely that the association between marijuana use and other drug and heavy alcohol use is real.”

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To Beat Heroin Addiction, A Turn To Coaches

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Richard Saitz, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Public Health

Two young men sit in a car outside a church or union hall where they just attended a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Both men are addicted to heroin. But they haven’t used the drug since they finished a residential treatment program a week or so earlier…

Expert quote:

“Men and women with a strong family history for substance abuse are at higher risk for the chronic form of this disease.”

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Rethinking ‘the wagon’

June 4th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

With new methods, including an anti-craving drug, alcoholics can moderate their drinking, study shows…

Expert quote:

“Treating this condition, it’s not a philosophy or religion. It’s a health issue, and there’s things that work and things that don’t work.”

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Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse?

January 16th, 2014 in 2014, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

A single question may help doctors determine whether a patient has a drug or alcohol problem and the level of abuse, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“We found that single questions may be useful in both screening and preliminary assessment of substance-use severity. Instead of extensive interviews or long questionnaires, which are a barrier to screening in primary care settings, this approach may make it much easier to identify and appropriately address unhealthy substance use.”

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Team-Based Addiction Care Not as Effective as Experts Hoped

September 18th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine, Time 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

To treat chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, the gold standard now involves a coordinated, team-based approach…

Expert quote:

“It was very disappointing and surprising, actually. Chronic care management, which is a pretty robust intervention and way of delivering care to people with chronic illnesses, did not improve any outcome for people with alcohol or other drug dependence.”

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More Oversight Does Not Lower Alcohol Abuse, Study Says

September 17th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

People with alcohol and other drug dependence problems who receive more intensive therapies, such as counseling, social work assistance and other education activities, are no less likely to stop abusing these substances than those who receive typical primary care, according to a study from the Boston Medical Center released Tuesday…

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Intensive Substance-Abuse Treatment Fails to Deliver Better Results: Study

September 17th, 2013 in 2013, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

Treating drug and alcohol addiction with a concentrated approach called chronic care management may be no more effective than a single medical appointment and addiction referral, according to a new study…

Expert quote:

“We were completely surprised by the result. We put everything into this, and we were surprised that even doing that didn’t lead to differences compared to not doing any of it.”

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Don’t start drinking for your health: Experts

March 19th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Reuters, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

Moderate drinking has been linked to several benefits, but it’s too soon to pour a glass in pursuit of physical wellness…

Expert quote:

“People who drink low risk amounts are much more likely to get mammograms and have their teeth checked by a dentist, to go see a physician for a physical, to exercise.”

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