Navigation Links
Ex-White House Drug Czar McCaffrey, U.S. Congress Drug Caucus Chair Cummings, CRC Health CEO Karlin Join Hopkins Researchers at News Conference April 17 on Breakthrough Study: Internet Video Drug Treatment as Effective as Traditional Counseling


Demonstration During Event; Major New Tool to Reach Additional Victims

BALTIMORE, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, the former White House Drug Czar, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Balt), Chair of the Congressional Drug Policy Caucus, and Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest substance abuse treatment provider, join Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Institute for Behavioral Resources researchers and state and local drug treatment officials Friday, April 17, in announcing a new report showing that live, Internet-based chemical dependency treatment, including video interaction in group settings, is as effective as traditional approaches to delivering counseling. The higher rate of counseling attendance for patients in the Internet-assisted group supports using this new tool to help programs reach additional people suffering from substance abuse problems. According to the federal department of HHS, 20 million people suffer from drug abuse but less than five million receive treatment.

The authors of the important new report, the first scientifically controlled study comparing Internet-based versus traditionally delivered counseling in treatment programs, published in the April issue of The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, will announce and discuss their findings. General McCaffrey, Congressman Cummings, Dr. Karlin, and other officials and experts will discuss some of the potential implications to reduce the nation's and Baltimore's drug treatment gap.

The event, Friday, April 17 at 10AM, will be at the Institutes for Behavior Resources (IBR), 2104 Maryland Avenue, 6th Floor Conference room, Baltimore, MD 21218. Media is welcome.

The report is published in an article entitled, "Assessing the Effectiveness of an Internet-based Videoconferencing Platform for Delivering Intensified Substance Abuse Counseling." The authors are Van King, M.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Kenneth Stoller, M.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Michael Kodorf, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Ron Kindbom, M.A., (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Steven Hursh, Ph.D. (Institutes of Behavioral Resources), Thomas Brady, M.D. (CRC Health Group, Cupertino, CA), and Robert K. Brooner, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine).

During the news conference, the model Internet-based program, provided by CRC Health Group's eGetgoing division, will be demonstrated.

The study assessed internet and traditional counseling for opioid-dependent patients receiving methadone. The study reported that while expanded traditional counseling can improve response to treatment, patients using the Internet video platform had reduced time and confidentiality concerns compared to those associated with routine opioid treatment. By allowing patients to participate from home, there was enhanced support for the "convenience and increased confidentiality" with the Internet video technique. The report asserts that "integrating Internet group counseling with on-site treatment" makes the "continuum of care" available to a much wider audience, thus helping to reduce the treatment gap. The report recognizes that one glove does not fit all and that the ongoing responsibility in the struggle against drug addiction is to find many paths to treatment that fit and support the uniqueness of the individual.

Also attending will be Maryland Department of Health Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Disabilities Renata Henry and Gregory Warren, Executive Director and Treatment Coordinator for Baltimore City Substance Abuse Systems in the Maryland Department of Health.

Contact: Bob Weiner/Rebecca Vander Linde 301-283-0821/202-329-1700

SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates and Institutes for Behavior Resources
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Marian Jones Should Return Olympic Medals, Says Ex-White House Drug Spokesman Bob Weiner
2. Reduced Funds for Cancer is Cost of Iraq, Say Ex-White House Aide, Cancer Researchers
3. Rodriguez and Baseball: No Accountability; Disgraceful News Conference, Says Ex-White House Drug Spokesman Robert Weiner
4. Webcast Alert: Kaiser Permanente Residency Program Open House
5. Houston Texans Star Players Ahman Green and Matt Schaub Help Easter Seals, Avondale House and Local Families Tackle Autism
6. Retailers Welcome Senate Passage of Mental Health Parity Bill, Urge House to Adopt Senate Version at Subcommittee Markup
7. CRC Health Group Announces Acquisition of Durhams Structure House, Weight Loss Facility
8. Senate, House Announce Agreement to Renew, Improve Childrens Health Insurance Program Now
9. Statement on House/Senate Agreement on SCHIP Legislation
10. Prime Access Creates Groundbreaking Ads Targeting Urban Teens for the White Houses National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
11. Benjamin England, Former FDA Regulatory Counsel, to Testify on FDA Import Strategic Plan Before House Appropriations Subcommittee
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the toilets were," said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases ... cover so that individuals will always be protected from germs." , He developed ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over ... More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of ... WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The ... prided itself for not only fulfilling the needs of advisers and clients but ... affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. However, there's always room for improvement, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... California Medical Associates, Inc. and Dr. Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at ... They observed that both STEMI and Sepsis conditions present in similar ways and require ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... NV (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably ... strategy. Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... Shoppers don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find the best ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/29/2015)... Nov. 29, 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, ... solutions at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America ... McCormick Place in Chicago . Visitors ... the company,s broad portfolio of integrated Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical ... increase clinical performance, improve workflow and create a superior ...
(Date:11/29/2015)...  The GE Health Cloud 1 was unveiled today ... North America (RSNA) meeting in ... new cloud ecosystem and its applications will connect radiologists and ... multidisciplinary teams – both inside and outside the hospital setting. ... GE. "As the digital industrial leader, we are betting big ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... , Nov. 29, 2015   National Decision ... of its client base, including notable statewide implementations. ... company,s flagship solution, ACR Select, more than 1 ... order entry workflow. ACR Select provides real-time feedback ... patient,s condition and has been implemented at over ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: