Drug Abuse

Innovations and Failures in Medication-Assisted Treatment

The ongoing shutdown of less than one-quarter of the United States federal government is having some unforeseen effects on the opioid addiction crisis. It will probably delay some prescriptions of the opioid replacement therapy/medication-assisted treatment buprenorphine. That’s because buprenorphine, a far less powerful opioid than [...]

Innovations and Failures in Medication-Assisted Treatment2019-06-26T12:32:43+00:00

President’s Opioid Addiction Emergency Plan Lacks Urgency

President Donald Trump has proposed his opioid epidemic plan. It has three main strategies: Mount a campaign to persuade young people not to abuse drugs in the first place. This has been mocked as a return to the Just Say No and DARE strategies which [...]

President’s Opioid Addiction Emergency Plan Lacks Urgency2019-01-29T17:25:41+00:00

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay) It is a new year, and that traditionally is a time for resolutions, for a fresh start, but most—80{b340406b661c1e5732b86e4172a84f651d0df9d8967334cfa4a3aae0d4c8bfbd}--of New Year’s resolutions made in January fail by the end of the second week of February. According to Don Stenhoff [...]

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year2019-07-01T15:42:32+00:00

Big Pharma’s Opioid Settlements Should Fund Rehab, Not Budget Shortfalls

Opioids were over-prescribed and their harms downplayed. Now 30-plus states want the makers and distributors to pay. (Pixabay) As the costs of responding to the opioid epidemic rise, more states, cities, and counties are opting to sue "Big Pharma"---the large pharmaceutical companies---and the [...]

Big Pharma’s Opioid Settlements Should Fund Rehab, Not Budget Shortfalls2018-12-17T20:34:30+00:00

DUI of Marijuana Less Dangerous than Alcohol

Marijuana legalization continues to make strides. If authorities wish to put reasonable restraints on use, they must put forward factual information, call for more research, and stop dragging their feet on enacting the laws their citizens approve through ballot proposals. Recreational marijuana legalization has reached [...]

DUI of Marijuana Less Dangerous than Alcohol2019-07-01T15:42:45+00:00

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem

David Sheff (Steve Carell, right) helps his meth addict son Nic (Timothee Chalamet) into rehab in Beautiful Boy. (Official web page) Films based on true events, whether personal stories or great historical moments, are nevertheless often factually challenged. Such films—A Beautiful Mind, Hidden [...]

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem2019-07-01T19:25:59+00:00

Regulating Smoking and Vaping: A Tale of Two Vices

Vaping may be safer than smoking, but is it safe? (Pixabay) In 2016 the-US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. It was intended as akin to an earlier Surgeon General’s 1964 [...]

Regulating Smoking and Vaping: A Tale of Two Vices2018-11-20T19:59:43+00:00

How Dangerous is New Opioid Dsuvia?

(Pixabay) On Nov. 2, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid Dsuvia, a sublingual tablet (it is placed under the tongue until it dissolves, providing faster pain relief than intravenous or swallowed tablet painkillers) five-to-10 times stronger than fentanyl (itself 100 times [...]

How Dangerous is New Opioid Dsuvia?2018-11-13T21:03:39+00:00

It Should Be Easier to Get Suboxone than Oxycontin, but It Isn’t

Prescription drug addicts may switch to more lethal drugs such as heroin or fentanyl unless they are offered medication-assisted treatment. (Pixabay) Should the cure for an illness be harder to get than the cause? Well, it is. As you are probably tired of [...]

It Should Be Easier to Get Suboxone than Oxycontin, but It Isn’t2019-07-01T15:40:53+00:00

The Need for Long Term Funding for Drug Rehab Increases Despite SUPPORT Act

(Pixabay) It’s been a busy few months in the substance abuse treatment community. It remains to be seen how productive that activity will end up being. On Sept. 17, the president proclaimed Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week to “raise awareness about [...]

The Need for Long Term Funding for Drug Rehab Increases Despite SUPPORT Act2018-10-16T20:18:14+00:00
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