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Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does - The New York Times
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an opioid addiction expert affiliated with Brandeis University, said regulatory burdens on buprenorphine by the government — like the eight-hour certification requirement — has likely discouraged physicians from offering it in their practices.

He added that many doctors who are certified to prescribe buprenorphine choose not to after realizing the complicated task of treating patients with substance abuse problems. Those who do work with the patients often do not accept insurance, he said, in some cases because demand is high and they can make more money charging directly. That means the patients must have enough money to pay out of pocket for the visit.

“Your insurance will pay for the prescription, but you have to pay for the doctor,” he said.

What has emerged is a private and expensive market for buprenorphine treatment.
Mr. Harwood said that low-income patients could conceivably access buprenorphine treatment at methadone clinics, if they are interested. But methadone clinics are often already overwhelmed with methadone logistics and the social service programs they are required to provide; buprenorphine consultations are an additional service. That can produce an information gap in addition to a financial one. Dr. Kolodny also said that, realistically, buprenorphine treatment cuts against the business interests of for-profit methadone clinics, which are becoming more common nationally.
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2 days ago by kme
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I gave up on the feeds because they were making me angry. A lot of times I was angry because of politics, but even on non-political things, the feeds seemed like they were full of conflict and stress.

I can’t tell you how much happier I am without them. Am I the only one that hated reading feeds? Do they make everybody unhappy? And if they make people unhappy why are they so popular?
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4 days ago by patrix
Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human 'vulnerability'
Site’s founding president, who became a billionaire thanks to the company, says: ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains’.
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4 days ago by mikael
Apple’s software updates are like changing the water in a fish tank. I’d rather let the fish die | Charlie Brooker | Opinion | The Guardian
Part of the problem is that smartphones are so horribly addictive, as moreish as smoking. The difference between smartphones and cigarettes is this: a cigarette robs 10 minutes from your lifespan, but at least has the decency to wait and withdraw all that time in bulk as you near the end of your life – whereas a smartphone steals your time in the present moment, by degrees. Five minutes here. Five minutes there. Then you look up and you’re 85 years old.
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6 days ago by msszczep
Intervallfasten als Abnehmtrick - SPIEGEL ONLINE
16 Stunden ohne Nahrung seien deshalb eine bewährte Medizin - gegen Dickleibigkeit, Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen, Diabetes Typ 2 und womöglich Krebs.
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7 days ago by asterisk2a
For , my essay on why I stopped drinking alcohol at age 22:
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8 days ago by jeffcarroll

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