24 10, 2016

Interview with Kent Runyon on “Talk of the Town”

October 24th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Interview with Kent Runyon of Novus Medical Detox Center on "Talk of the Town" radio show, discussing the effectiveness of exercise in recovery, the individualized programs at Novus, crisis intervention, and changing demographics of people in recovery. http://novusdetox.com/media/Kent-1.mp3 http://novusdetox.com/media/Kent-2.mp3

18 10, 2016

FDA calls for boxed warnings – its strongest warning – about dangers of drug-combining opioids with benzodiazepines

October 18th, 2016|Categories: Benzodiazepine, Heroin, Opiates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’ve advised readers many times about the dangers of drug-combining – taking two or more drugs that, in combination, create life-threatening side effects. The most common dangerous combination is opioids and benzodiazepines. Both classes of drugs depress the central nervous system (CNS), which controls breathing and heartbeat. And together, they can quietly snuff out a life before anyone notices anything wrong, including the victim. The effect is exactly the same as a heroin overdose – the breathing stops, the person dies. But there was no overdose of either drug – the combination creates the overdose that kills. To combat this long-standing and widely publicized danger, [...]

11 10, 2016

City of Chicago and drugmaker Pfizer agree on opioid education & strict marketing standards

October 11th, 2016|Categories: Opiates|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

There’s never been anything quite like this – a Big Pharma drugmaker formally agreeing with a big city to follow a “truth in advertising” program – essentially a code of conduct for marketing opioids that many officials hope will save lives, and become standard practice throughout the industry. The fact that the code of conduct is essentially the basic legal requirements for marketing opioids (or any drugs) hasn’t detracted from the city’s sense of accomplishment, nor Pfizer’s proclaiming it as a pretty big deal. Two years ago, the City of Chicago sued five other drug makers, claiming that their deceptive marketing of opioids criminally contributed [...]

6 10, 2016

Risk of Death from Long-Acting Prescription Opioids (LAOs) Goes Far Beyond Overdose, Says New Study

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Fentanyl, Medical Drug Detox, Methadone, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A new study shows that long-acting prescription opioids (LAOs) not only increase the risk of unintentional overdose deaths, but also increase mortality from heart-related and other causes of death. In other words, we've put a lot of attention on the potential for opioid overdoses, without realizing that the painkillers are also causing even more deaths for other reasons. "As bad as people think the problem of opioid use is, it's probably worse," said Wayne Ray, Ph.D., the lead author and a health policy professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "They should be a last resort and particular care should be exercised for patients who [...]

4 10, 2016

Opioid addicts who can’t afford painkillers turning to cheaper anti-diarrhea drugs

October 4th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Opiates, Painkillers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

‘The poor man’s methadone’ More and more opioid addicts these days are turning to a common type of over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrhea drug to help stave off withdrawal symptoms, or just to get high. Why anti-diarrhea drugs? The common active ingredient in Imodium A-D, Ultra A-D oral, Diamode, Imogen and a very long list of others, is Loperamide HCL, a drug that interacts with opioid receptors in the gut to help stop diarrhea by slowing down the contractions of the intestines. Generally, loperamide dosages are two to four milligrams. But as addicts are discovering, when enough of it is consumed – megadoses of 10 or 20 [...]

8 09, 2016

From Drugs and Prisons to Fame and Fortune, Danny Trejo Finds Redemption Helping Other

September 8th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

(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.) Danny Trejo is one heck of a busy Hollywood actor. While most others his age are retired and long forgotten, the dynamic, muscular and tattooed 72-year-old is in greater demand than ever. And if you don't recognize the name, you sure will recognize the face. In most roles, if Trejo isn't smiling, everyone squirms a little and looks for an exit. Danny Trejo has made a [...]

25 08, 2016

More Synthetic Weed is Hitting the Streets and It’s Getting More Lethal Every Day

August 25th, 2016|Categories: Fentanyl, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In city after city, town after town, there's a relatively new player in the illicit and dangerous drug game. Called K2 or Spice, it's a man-made version of marijuana - shredded plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids and rolled into joints or made into candies. Part of the problem is that these synthetic versions are not just chemically equivalent, but far more powerful - as much as 100 times more, than the natural cannabinoids found in marijuana plants. Cannabinoids are the chemical family comprising the primary psychoactive ingredients in marijuana - tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. Making the problem worse are the ever-changing formulas, constantly [...]

18 08, 2016

Disagreements Continue Over California’s Controversial Recreational Marijuana Initiative

August 18th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Marijuana|0 Comments

This November, California voters will go to the polls to decide if their state will join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon in allowing the recreational use of marijuana as part of the Recreational Marijuana Initiative. Back in 1996, Californians voted "Yes" to Proposition 215 making it the first state in the Union to legalize doctor approved medical marijuana. Since then, 25 states and Washington D.C. have legalized various medical uses of marijuana, and three more have pending legislation. In November, if approved by voters - and all indications are that it will be approved - California's Adult Use of Marijuana Act will allow adults 21 [...]

16 08, 2016

Purdue knew about illicit OxyContin sales and did not report it to authorities, says special LA Times report

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Fentanyl, Heroin, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A blockbuster investigative report in the Los Angeles Times recently says Purdue Pharma knew about illegal sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin to Los Angeles drug dealers, and failed to report it to authorities. The highly addictive and potentially lethal painkiller OxyContin, essentially legal heroin, was sold to a distributor who supplied crooked L.A. pharmacies, who in turn funneled thousands of bogus prescriptions through crooked clinics to the underworld drug trade, the Los Angeles Times report says. Internal memos and documents obtained by the Times reveal that Purdue officials were informed of the situation by staff members who track shipments. But memos were ignored and [...]

15 08, 2016

Article by Will Wesch, on The Doctors Weighs In

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

By-lined article by Will Wesch, Novus Detox VP of Admissions, on job stress and substance abuse. https://thedoctorweighsin.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-job-stress-and-substance-abuse/