Avi Burstein

Amatus Health’s Avi Burstein featured in Authority Magazine

Amatus Health’s Avi Burstein was featured in Authority Magazine.  He sat down with them for their “Heroes of the Addiction Crisis” series.  Burstein is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland and the VP of Clinical Services. He talks about how he wants to make a difference when it comes to addiction.  “I wish someone…

Dr Wiley

A Conversation About Criminal Justice and Addiction With Dr. Wiley of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Can you tell me about your work with The National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA]? I’ve been at NIDA almost 10 years, and I’ve worked on justice issues pretty much the whole time. A few years ago, Congress made a big appropriation to the National Institutes of Health[1]—which included NIDA—to address the pain and opioid…

doctor giving patient medication

All About Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications—typically in combination with therapy—for treating addiction. Medications like Vivitrol or Suboxone help curb cravings and stave off some of the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, so that a person can focus on recovery. For now, there are only approved medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder, but research…

doctor writing out a prescription

COVID-19 “Long-Haulers” Receiving Potentially Addictive Prescriptions

We’ve written about the collision of the COVID-19 and opioid epidemics. Now, there is a new intersection between the two.   Long-Haulers Receiving Prescriptions at Higher Rates More than three million people who have had COVID-19 are considered “long-haulers,”[1] meaning their symptoms linger for weeks or months after first becoming infected. In order to treat these…

OUD Healthcare

Study Evaluates Healthcare Quality for People With Opioid Use Disorder

A study published April 8th measured the quality of care that people with opioid use disorder (OUD) receive for healthcare unrelated to OUD.[1] It analyzed preventative care, chronic illness treatment, and care coordination in 79,372 insured people with OUD—and for comparison, 46,601 insured people without OUD. The study used data from OptumLabs Data Warehouse, which…