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It’s global handwashing day. Who cares, right? Wrong! Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of disease. As clinicians we all know the importance of infection control in the treatment setting. Spread the word, not the germs!!

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Have a great weekend!

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The CDC has also revised its guidelines for prescribing opioid medication for chronic pain: https://www.cdc.gov/media/modules/dpk/2016/dpk-pod/rr6501e1er-ebook.pdf

New naloxone distribution protocols in many states are a direct response to what is an alarming increase in opioid overdoses and deaths. The CDC estimates that over 28,000 deaths in 2014 can be attributed to opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin.

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This week’s focus will be on Naloxone – is it the new life-saving drug in the midst of our opioid epidemic? http://www.addictionacademy.com/2016/02/naloxone-the-new-lifesaving-drug/

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard. Have an extraordinary weekend!!

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Another potential hurdle to e-therapy: cross-boundary care. Typically, licensure is administered on a state-by-state basis. What if you are licensed in Florida but providing treatment to a client in another state? Many jurisdictions have ruled on this. Some like California require you to be appropriately licensed in that state to provide e-therapy. Other states require a special license. Be 100% clear on your status to avoid potentially harsh penalties. It’s not new but it’s relevant: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA09-4450/SMA09-4450.pdf

With e-therapy, we may be opening a proverbial can of (HIPPA/Confidentiality-related) worms. If you see value and are looking to incorporate e-therapy into your practice, be sure to get qualified advice and avoid costly mistakes.

As technology becomes ubiquitous in treatment, do you think we are making progress by attracting more clients that need help or hindering effective care?
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