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Opioid Use Disorder Increasing Among the Elderly

Not too long ago, younger Americans worried about their aging parents or grandparents dipping into the cooking sherry a little too often. Alcohol was the primary dependence problem troubling Americans of all ages. And in fact, serious drinking among the elderly was not all that unusual. Today there's a different, darker story being told about substance use disorders among the geriatric set all across the country. Prescription painkiller dependencies and addictions are on the rise - even heroin abuse, because it's easier to get and even cheaper than the co-pay for some brand-name prescriptions. There are roughly 40 million Americans older than 65 - less [...]

In the Media: National Opioid Epidemic Affecting Miami-Dade

"Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in partnership with the State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, the Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County's Board of County Commissioners Chairman Bovo, has recently formed the Opioid Addiction Task Force--charged with developing an effective action plan that addresses the reduction of opioid and heroin addiction and prevents overdose deaths. The task force held their first meeting on January 30th, http://www.miamidade.gov/mayor/opioid-addiction-task-force-group.asp "Novus Medical Detox Center (http://www.novusdetox.com/), a leading Florida-based drug treatment facility, believes the current epidemic may be an unintended consequence of legalized marijuana and advocates for expanded access to drug treatment programs as [...]

February 10th, 2017|Categories: Media|0 Comments

Marijuana: 62% More Pregnant Women Now Smoke Pot

A new study from Columbia University says 62% more pregnant women are smoking pot than did so a decade ago - particularly younger pregnant women 18 to 25. Using marijuana as a remedy for nausea may be the driving force behind the big jump in pot smoking among pregnant women. Along with that is the fact that medical marijuana now is legal in 29 states, making it easier than ever to obtain. The problem isn't more people smoking weed. The problem is that it's more pregnant women than ever smoking it. Because when mom smokes, so does her baby. All the evidence isn't in yet, [...]

February 7th, 2017|Categories: Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In the Media: Why Substance Abuse Is Growing Among Medical Staff

To shed some light on this trend, Kent Runyon, the Compliance Officer and Vice President of Community Relations for Novus Medical Detox Center in Florida, shared some of his thoughts on the increasing rate of substance abuse among healthcare workers. Questions answered: Why do you think substance abuse is so prevalent among healthcare workers? What can a healthcare worker do if he or she suspects a coworker of substance abuse? What are some of the signs or potential habits a health professional may exhibit if he or she is addicted to, or is abusing drugs or alcohol? What can healthcare employers do to mitigate this [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |0 Comments

Docs Not Solely Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse, But Prescription Pads Do Play a Role, Says Researcher

Are America's physicians responsible for the soaring rate of opioid abuse and overdose deaths across the country? "Not exclusively," says Dr. F. Perry Wilson. "But we can't deny that somewhere in the chain of events that leads to opioid abuse lies a prescription pad." Wilson, a MedPage Today clinical reviewer, recently examined data that helps shed at least some light on the question. Wilson's interest was piqued after a study appeared in the journal Pain that found "growing evidence that opioid prescribing in the United States follows a pattern in which patients who are at the highest risk of adverse outcomes from opioids are more [...]

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter Had a Drinking Problem

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, from 1997 through 2007. The wildly popular novels follow the life of young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. All three are students at "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," a fictional school located in a magically-invisible land somewhere in England. The main story [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rural neonatal abstinence syndrome jumps 600%

Neonatal abstinence syndrome among infants in rural areas increased 600 percent from 2004 to 2013 – more than double the increase in urban areas – according to a study by the University of Michigan. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, is the medical term for newborns suffering withdrawal symptoms because their mothers used addictive opiates or opioids during pregnancy. Infants with NAS experience dangerous, even life-threatening withdrawal for days, or even weeks. They require specialized medical care to survive, and to minimize the same agonizingly intense withdrawal symptoms that adult addicts suffer when coming off opioids. According to a report in MedPage Today, the Michigan researchers [...]

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Addiction, Get Help, News, Opiates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Survey finds teen drug use declining – except for pot

A nationwide survey has found that – except for pot/marijuana – the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco among American high school students has reached the lowest levels in decades. The annual survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), asked 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about their drug and alcohol use over the past month and past year. This year’s results among all three grade levels were “encouraging,” the survey says. Apart from the surge in marijuana use, there were drops in the use of other illicit drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. But marijuana is another [...]

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

App Connects Naloxone Carriers with Overdose Victims

Since 1996, when community-based organizations first began to distribute naloxone, the life-saving drug is estimated to have reversed over 26,000 overdoses. When we add on the lives saved by EMT, ER and police responders using naloxone, the number of lives saved becomes astronomical, but relatively unknowable. Countless thousands of such cases have gone unreported. But in roughly the same 20-year time period, the rates of overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin have nearly quadrupled, and there's no letup in sight. Last year more than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses - that's 91 people, every day of the week, all year [...]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Drug Overdose, Legal, News, Opiates|Tags: |0 Comments

Happy Holiday Season!

Wishing You the Happiness of the Holiday Season! From all the Staff at Novus Medical Detox Center

December 25th, 2016|Categories: Novus Medical Detox|Comments Off on Happy Holiday Season!