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Study - Popular Addiction Treatment Drug Underutilized.

Study - Popular Addiction Treatment Drug Underutilized.

As opioid overdose deaths rise across America, a number of addiction specialists are asking an important question. Why are so few physicians prescribing buprenorphine (or Bupe) —an opioid-based drug shown to be helpful in the treatment of addiction? The question is a good one. Some experts suggest more physicians need…

Another Warning About Opioids

Another Warning About Opioids

For over twenty years, physicians in the U.S. have overprescribed opioids. As an example, in 2017 alone, health care providers in the U.S. wrote more than 191 million prescriptions for opioids—a rate of 58.7 prescriptions per 100 people. The result? Hundreds of thousands of people have died from opioid overdoses…

Key Addiction Treatment Option Missing at Many Treatment Centers

Key Addiction Treatment Option Missing at Many Treatment Centers

Medication-assisted treatment of addiction is hailed by many experts as “must have” for effective addiction treatment care. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that such treatment is anything but standard care at most residential treatment centers in the U.S. According to the website…

FDA Releases New Opioid Guidelines

FDA Releases New Opioid Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration has just announced new opioid prescribing guidelines for physicians. The new guidance is simple. If your patient doesn’t have a history of addiction, educate them about naloxone (often referred to as Narcan), a drug that can counteract an opioid overdose in minutes.If your patient has…

Drug Overdoses Exploding as COVID-19 Rages

Drug Overdoses Exploding as COVID-19 Rages

With all the focus on COVID-19, a second, little-noticed but deadly epidemic has been spreading across the nation. Until now… According to hospital and police records, drug overdoses nationally jumped 18 percent in March (the start of the pandemic), 29 percent in April, and 42 percent in May. Addiction specialists…

Are We Losing the Fight on Overdose Deaths?

Are We Losing the Fight on Overdose Deaths?

Very sad news… According to the New York Times: Drug deaths in America, which fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, rose to record numbers in 2019 and are continuing to climb, a resurgence that is being complicated and perhaps worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. Seventy-two thousand…

Study - Follow-up Treatments After Opioid Overdose Are Rare

Study - Follow-up Treatments After Opioid Overdose Are Rare

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggests the medical community still has much to learn about the dangers of opioid addiction. In a nationwide study of approximately 6,500 privately insured patients, researchers discovered that the overwhelming majority of people admitted to emergency rooms following an…

Illicit and Prescribed Drugs
  • April 20, 2020

Illicit and Prescribed Drugs

In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies assured the medical community that pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone were safe. Sadly, we know now that they are highly addictive, and when misused, deadly. Even more troubling, they have become an avenue to addiction to heroin and a host of other opiates…

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