Study: Relapse prevention medications like Vivitrol and Suboxone used in drug courts have minimal impact on recidivism

By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new evaluation of more than two dozen Ohio drug courts found that the only apparent result of giving participants medication for addiction was that some stayed in the court programs longer.

Beyond that, the state-funded study found,use of Medication Assisted Treatment, or MATs, had an otherwise minimal […]

September 7th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

The Real Cause Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

Authored by Mark Thornton via The Mises Institute,

The Opioid epidemic is spreading across the heartland of America. The number of drug overdose deaths from both prescription (e.g., Oxycontin) and black market (e.g., heroin) opiates exceeded 30,000 in 2015. Initial estimates for 2016 indicate yet another new record of deaths. It is such an enormous problem […]

August 22nd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo

The opioid crisis just keeps getting worse, in part because new types of drugs keep finding their way onto the streets. Fentanyl, heroin’s synthetic cousin, is among the worst offenders.

It’s deadly because it’s so much stronger than heroin, as shown by the photograph above, which was taken at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory. […]

August 9th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Surviving Anxiety

I’ve tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation’s most common mental illness.

I’ve finally settled on a pre-talk regimen that enables me to avoid the weeks of anticipatory misery that the approach of a public-speaking engagement would otherwise produce.

Let’s say you’re sitting in an audience and I’m at the […]

July 3rd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses and subways and in glossy magazines, with portraits of attractive men and women and a simple question in bold letters: What is Vivitrol?

Five years ago, Vivitrol was a treatment for opioid addiction that was struggling to find a market. Now, its sales and profile are rising […]

June 12th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Tiger Woods DUI: Prescription drugs are a growing threat to safety on American roads

The number of drivers involved in fatal car crashes testing positive for drugs has nearly doubled in 10 years

Tiger Woods isn’t the only one driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested early Monday near his home on Jupiter Island, Fla., for driving under the influence. […]

June 1st, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

New Laws Force Drug Users Into Rehab Against Their Will

Involuntary commitment laws are being opened up to allow some people to be detained for overdosing or even having visible track marks—in some cases up to 90 days.

Debra Hicks went to work on Sept. 19, 2011, to teach California high school students about the Constitution. But that night she got a crash course on how […]

June 1st, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Stop, Breathe & Think | Guided Meditations & Mindfulness

Find Peace Anywhere:

Check in with how you’re feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions.

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June 1st, 2017|Link|0 Comments

Mortality risk during and after opioid substitution treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies | The BMJ

Abstract
Objective

To compare the risk for all cause and overdose mortality in people with opioid dependence during and after substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine and to characterise trends in risk of mortality after initiation and cessation of treatment.

Design

Systematic review and meta-analysis.

Data sources

Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, and LILACS to September 2016.

Study selection

Prospective or retrospective cohort […]

May 1st, 2017|Article|0 Comments

How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain

WIRED

Her skin is perpetually on fire. He can’t even feel a bone break. Together they might hold the key to ending America’s opioid epidemic.

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April 24th, 2017|Article|0 Comments