Photo from Pixabay It is hard to put the genie back in the bottle. So too, with the opioid epidemic. Opioids used to be mostly prescribed for short-term acute pain or cancer patients. Then the big pharmaceutical companies lobbied hard for their newer, [...]
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We need more options for drug addiction treatment and less expensive options. So the Food and Drug Administration should not be buying into large pharmaceutical companies' claims that restrict the release of new treatments or drive up the price by awarding them sliding monopolies that [...]
Photo courtesy of Pixabay Twenty years after the Columbine school shootings, the tragedy has taken another life. Austin Eubanks, 37, died of an opioid overdose last week. Eubanks was in recovery from injuries suffered in the shootings, the trauma of seeing his best [...]
Suboxone tablets, above, and Suboxone film, below. From Wikimedia Commons. The cost of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug addiction may be going down as two generic versions of the popular Suboxone sublingual film were approved for sale in February. That’s not guaranteed in [...]
(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) This month is the Mental Health America nonprofit’s 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. Not to high-jack this special month, but it may as well be substance use disorder (SUD) awareness month as well because SUD is a mental illness [...]
Just 2 mg of fentanyl is said to be a lethal dose. (Wikimedia commons) Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, up to 50 times stronger than heroin, 100 times stronger than morphine. It can be a useful anesthetic and painkiller for certain patients who [...]
Methadone and buprenorphine are medication-maintenance treatments. (Pixabay) In 2018 alone, the US spent almost $3 billion total on the drug crisis, including grants to states and the federal government’s “main drug treatment, recovery and prevention program” but the opioid public health emergency continues [...]
(Image by skeeze from Pixabay) Addiction is a disease, it is often said. Since that’s the case, vaccines may be one way of preventing it. That’s not just hyperbole. The idea isn’t that far-fetched. Researchers have been working on anti-addiction vaccines for decades. It [...]
In March 2019, TV Talk show host Wendy Williams admitted she was living in a sober house. In the past she admitted to using cocaine in her 20s. (Wikimedia commons from a YouTube video) Last month TV talk host Wendy Williams came clean [...]
The US Supreme Court may rule the ACA unconstitutional, including its 10 Essential Benefits such as fot treatment of substance use disorder. (Pixabay) With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or, if you prefer, ObamaCare) again threatened with repeal—including its provisions [...]