Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply

Heroin is sometimes laced with much stronger fentanyl, leading to increased and accidental overdose deaths. (Pixabay) The US House of Representatives and the Senate have each now passed bipartisan bills to fight the opioid epidemic and overdose (OD) death crisis. The two bills [...]

Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply2018-09-24T20:38:52+00:00

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis

Photo of Mac Miller (2017) by Nicolas Völcker (Wikimedia commons) Rapper Mac Miller — who was open about his substance abuse in his music and interviews — died Sept. 7. As of this writing (Sept. 10), the toxicology reports had not been released yet, but no “apparent” [...]

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis2019-07-01T15:42:28+00:00

More People Live, Enter Drug Rehab with Supervised Injection Sites

(Pixabay) In the White House’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis in the United States, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced another policy: no safe injection sites. Rosenstein has declared that efforts by several states to launch pilot programs to test whether safe [...]

More People Live, Enter Drug Rehab with Supervised Injection Sites2018-09-04T15:34:58+00:00

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. (Wellcome Images via Wikimedia commons) The importance of family and friends to an addict’s decision to seek recovery should not be under-stressed. While it is true that the addict must want to recover and be willing to do [...]

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab2019-10-30T19:06:57+00:00

Opioid Crisis the Fault of Big Pharma, FDA, and DEA

Big Pharma may value profits over people, but government regulators should have expected that. (Pixabay) The pharmaceutical companies have received their share of blame for the opioid addiction crisis—maybe not as much as they deserve, and maybe without the consequences that should have [...]

Opioid Crisis the Fault of Big Pharma, FDA, and DEA2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Does Compulsory Rehab Treatment Work?

(Pixabay) Imprisoning drug addicts doesn’t seem to have slowed down or reduced the spread of drug addiction, and it is costly. Research suggests that treating drug addicts instead is more effective and less costly, but not all addicts want to be treated, even [...]

Does Compulsory Rehab Treatment Work?2018-08-14T15:56:26+00:00

FDA Calls for New Medication-Assisted Treatment Drugs

Burprenorphine in patch form. (Wikimedia commons) Despite recommendations from an opioid commission and the declaring opioid abuse a public emergency, the number of overdose deaths due to opioids continues to rise. On Monday the Food and Drug Administration took another step designed to [...]

FDA Calls for New Medication-Assisted Treatment Drugs2019-04-15T14:54:14+00:00

Drug Rehab Medical Devices Won’t Work if No One Uses Them

Heroin is derived from the opium poppy. (Pixabay) We're still in the midst of an opioid crisis (or an opioid epidemic, or opioid national emergency, depending upon with whom you speak). And while the US government has been criticized for not doing enough, it [...]

Drug Rehab Medical Devices Won’t Work if No One Uses Them2019-10-11T18:52:17+00:00

Less than a Third of OD Patients Receive MAT

(Pixabay) Many doctors, politicians and even patients overlook or resist one of the most effective treatments for drug abuse: medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with Suboxone (a tamper-resistant form of buprenorphine) or methadone. Seeing a patient rushed to the emergency room because of a drug [...]

Less than a Third of OD Patients Receive MAT2019-10-11T18:42:48+00:00

Need to Treat, Not Just Prevent, Heroin Addiction

(Pixabay) Last month the US House of Representatives, cognizant that all 435 members are up for re-election in November – with very little to show for it legislatively – passed more than 50 bills dealing with the opioid epidemic and drug abuse in [...]

Need to Treat, Not Just Prevent, Heroin Addiction2018-07-10T13:22:51+00:00