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Needle exchange programs are an effective way to promote health among people who inject drugs. A new commentary published in Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Policy describes the important role health professions students can take in needle exchange programs and the benefits to both themselves and the community. (Image Wikimedia Commons)


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    Authors: Farrokh Alemi, Mary R Haack, Susanna Nemes, Renita Aughburns, Jennifer Sinkule and Duncan Neuhauser

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Aims and scope

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses research concerning substance abuse, with a focus on policy issues.

The journal aims to provide an environment for the exchange of ideas, new research, consensus papers, and critical reviews, to bridge the established fields that share a mutual goal of reducing the harms from substance use. These fields include: legislation pertaining to substance use; correctional supervision of people with substance use disorder; medical treatment and screening; mental health services; research; and evaluation of substance use disorder programs.

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Principles for managing OUD related to chronic pain in the Nordic countries based on a structured assessment of current practice
Johan Kakko et al.

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2018 13:22

Society affiliation

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy is supported by the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation

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Editors' profile

Stephan Arndt, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

Currently Director of the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. Additionally, Dr Arndt is Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and Professor of Biostatistics, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Dr Arndt completed a PhD in psychology at the Claremont Graduate School, California before going on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in biostatistics. His key research interests include biobehavioral statistics and epidemiological statistical applications for policy makers and clinical practice. He has published over 250 scientific papers.

In 1993, Dr Arndt was awarded The Nelson Urban Research in Mental Health Award, by the Iowa Mental Health Association.

Janet Zwick, LBSW, Editor-in-Chief

Janet was the Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Public Health, Division Director, Division of Behavioral Health and Professional until she retired in 2007. She has more than 35 years experience in leadership roles with a specific focus on substance abuse treatment and prevention within public health settings.

Since retirement in 2007 she has continued to provide consultation to states, associations and programs in the area of process improvement, strategic planning, policy and provider development as well as working with programs in making a system change to a Recovery Oriented System of Care.

In addition to being widely published, she is also a current member of numerous committees and boards including: the Midwest Counter Drug Training Center, Substance Abuse Research Consortium and Iowa Public Health Association as well as Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the prevention and treatment field, Janet Zwick has received numerous awards from national and state associations.


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