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IT interventions to advance treatment for opioid and other addictions

Edited by Nicolas Bertholet and John Cunningham.

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice is pleased to present its special series focusing on digital/information technology (IT) screening and interventions to advance treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders.

Information technology (IT) is increasingly used in health care, with the widespread use of electronic medical records but also through the development of various clinical tools for screening, interventions, and clinical decision aids. In addiction practice, there have been numerous efforts to use IT to advance and disseminate treatment through internet based interventions for unhealthy substance use, electronic screening, clinical coaching and training, and clinical decision aids.

This thematic series highlights in an open-access format articles that address the use of information technology in the prevention and clinical care of people suffering from addiction and in the training and clinical support of health care providers treating addiction. The series has a particular emphasis on screening and interventions targeting opioid use.

All articles underwent the journal's standard peer review.

  1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a web-based treatment program with therapist guidance for adults and adolescents with regular cannabis use from the general population.

    Authors: Kristina Sinadinovic, Magnus Johansson, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Thomas Lundqvist, Philip Lindner and Ulric Hermansson

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:9

    Content type: Research

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  2. There is an urgent need for strategies to address the US epidemic of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses, misuse, addiction, and diversion. Evidence-based treatment such as medications f...

    Authors: Gavin B. Bart, Andrew Saxon, David A. Fiellin, Jennifer McNeely, John P. Muench, Christopher W. Shanahan, Kristen Huntley and Robert E. Gore-Langton

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:4

    Content type: Meeting Report

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  3. Internet interventions have been developed and tested for several psychiatric and somatic conditions. Few people with substance use disorders receive treatment and many drug users say that they would prefer ge...

    Authors: Veronica Ekström and Magnus Johansson

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:44

    Content type: Research

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  4. For people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), alcohol consumption is associated with poor treatment outcomes and medication adherence. This pilot study examined the feasibility of using smartphones and mobile Bluet...

    Authors: Carolyn Lauckner, Erica Taylor, Darshti Patel and Alexis Whitmire

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:43

    Content type: Research

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  5. The TAPS Tool is a substance use screening and brief assessment instrument that was developed for use in primary care medical settings. It is one of the first screening instruments to provide rapid assessment ...

    Authors: Angéline Adam, Robert P. Schwartz, Li-Tzy Wu, Geetha Subramaniam, Eugene Laska, Gaurav Sharma, Saima Mili and Jennifer McNeely

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:39

    Content type: Research

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  6. Tobacco smoking is highest among population groups which are the most socially disadvantaged. Internet-based smoking cessation programs have been found to be effective, though rates of internet access are not ...

    Authors: Sam McCrabb, Laura Twyman, Kerrin Palazzi, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Christine Paul and Billie Bonevski

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:38

    Content type: Research

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  7. Chronic pain and heavy drinking commonly co-occur and can influence the course of HIV. There have been no interventions designed to address both of these conditions among people living with HIV (PLWH), and non...

    Authors: Tibor P. Palfai, Jessica L. Taylor, Richard Saitz, Maya P. L. Kratzer, John D. Otis and Judith A. Bernstein

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:35

    Content type: Research

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  8. This study protocol describes a proposed randomized controlled trial that builds upon a successful pilot intervention study to address problematic and dangerous drinking among young adult college students stud...

    Authors: Eric R. Pedersen, Elizabeth J. D’Amico, Joseph W. LaBrie, Coreen Farris, David J. Klein and Beth Ann Griffin

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:32

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  9. North America is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Although take-home naloxone and other measures have been an effective strategy to reduce overdoses, many events are unwitnessed and mortality remai...

    Authors: Keith Ahamad, Huiru Dong, Cheyenne Johnson, Kanna Hyashi, Kora DeBeck, M. J. Milloy and Evan Wood

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:23

    Content type: Research

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