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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, 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|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, 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: News, Novus Medical Detox|Comments Off on Happy Holiday Season!

Abbott Skates Free in Spite of Illegal Marketing of OxyContin

Back in the early days of the opioid epidemic, few people if any had the idea that the opioid painkiller OxyContin was going to precipitate the tsunami of addictions and overdose deaths that continues today across America. It was the late '90s and early 2000s, a heady time for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP. The closely-held, family-owned drug company was reveling in soaring sales for their extended-release opioid painkiller - from $49 million in its first year, 1996, to $1.6 billion in 2002. Total receipts by 2002 had reached nearly $5 billion, said to be roughly 90 percent of the company's income. As the decade [...]

December 20th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Big Debate in Addiction Treatment: Should Primary Care Physicians Treat Opioid Addiction?

There's a heated discussion going on among the country's primary care physicians, addiction specialists and everyone else involved in addiction treatment and funding. A recent article in STATNews raises the question that's getting so much discussion: Should primary care doctors be involved in treating opioid addiction? From the White House and Congress all the way down to the nurses and even the receptionist in your local clinic, everyone has an opinion one way or the other. And the answers are as interesting as they are often polar opposites. Sometimes you will hear this: "Yes we should. These are sick people who need medical care." Maybe [...]

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Drugs, Medical Drug Detox, Suboxone|Tags: , |0 Comments

Many common drugs increase seniors’ chances of falling

If you have elderly family members or friends on any medications, it would be a good idea to check what those medications are and what dosages they are. A new study shows that at the usual dosage recommended for younger people, a long list of common medications places seniors at a higher risk of falling and hurting themselves than elderly people not taking those drugs. Part of the problem is that many doctors are prescribing the drugs at dosages recommended only for younger patients, not the reduced dosages recommended for the elderly. Also, the risk of falling also increases just by taking more of those [...]

Sir Elton John’s Journey From Addiction to Sobriety

(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.) Sir Elton John, CBE, is among the most celebrated and recognizable popular music stars in the world. In his five-decade career the English singer-songwriter, musician and composer "has sold more than 500 million records, had more than fifty Top 40 hits including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive [...]

November 29th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Thanksgiving

Wishing You a Warm and Wonderful Thanksgiving ~ From your friends at Novus Detox

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Novus Medical Detox|0 Comments

Purdue Paid Off Middleman to Block West Virginia Plan to Limit Prescriptions

Back in 2001, OxyContin was seen as the prime force driving the fledgling prescription opioid epidemic across America. In West Virginia, addictions and overdose deaths had reached unprecedented levels. And oxycodone - the active ingredient in Purdue Pharma's extended-release painkiller OxyContin - was identified as the main culprit. To meet the invader head on, state health officials decided that a prior authorization from insurance companies for every OxyContin prescription would help. Only patients who really needed the painkiller - such as terminal cancer patients - would get the drug. This would cut down on abusers and also reduce the number of pills reaching the streets. [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Legal, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , |0 Comments