1102, 2016

Most States Ignore a 2003 Federal Law to Safeguard Newborns After They Leave the Hospital

February 11th, 2016|Addiction, Legal, Opiates|0 Comments

More than 130,000 newborns have been born addicted to opioids over the last decade, and hundreds have died because of their mothers’ addictions – typically illicit heroin or prescribed methadone. On the flip side, better medical detox like that provided by Novus, a White House program aimed squarely at heroin addiction, and a sweeping grassroots movement to get addiction “out of the closet” offer Americans some hope.

A well-researched and carefully detailed report from Reuters news service reveals that hundreds of American babies die needlessly every year – tragically killed as a result of their parents’ drug addiction – and the death toll is rising.

Part of […]

902, 2016

New president of Northern Kentucky Med Society pledges more physician help for heroin crisis

February 9th, 2016|Heroin, News|0 Comments

The new president of the Northern Kentucky Medical Society says he will ask the Society’s physicians to take a more active role in combating the region’s heroin addiction crisis.

“My new role starts in January,” Dr. Mark A. Schroer wrote in a guest column for the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. “I have been thinking about priorities and the places where our group can make an impact.

“When I think about the challenges our community must face, and the places where physicians can make the most difference simply by giving of their time, the best place for us to start is in addressing the effects of heroin. Heroin has […]

402, 2016

FDA Approves One Intranasal Naloxone Product, Disapproves Another

February 4th, 2016|Drugs, Legal, Medical Drug Detox|0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved intranasal naloxone hydrochloride spray.

Naloxone is used to arrest the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose, particularly potentially fatal respiratory failure.

Adapt Pharma Inc., licensed the popular Narcan brand name from Endo Pharmaceuticals for the nasal spray product. FDA approval was received in mid November. Narcan brand injectable naloxone hydrochloride has been so widely used, for so many years, that “Narcan” has become something of a synonym for naloxone, like calling all tissues “Kleenex.”

Just a couple of days after the Narcan approval, a competing intranasal naloxone spray was disapproved by the FDA. […]

202, 2016

New guide for policymakers urges improvements in early detection, intervention and treatment

February 2nd, 2016|Addiction, Marijuana|0 Comments

A new guide for political, health care and law enforcement policymakers just published by CASAColumbia says improvements are needed across the boards in prevention, early detection and treatment if we’re ever going to get a real handle on substance abuse and addiction.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, better known as CASAColumbia, regularly publishes its research into all aspects of addiction.

This new Guide for Policymakers: Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment of Risky Substance Use and Addiction is a compilation of “effective policies and practices that delineates specific actions for improving the prevention and treatment of risky substance use and addiction in […]

2801, 2016

Costly Drugs Under Scrutiny By Both Sides of the Senate

January 28th, 2016|Legal|0 Comments

The recent uproar on Capitol Hill over soaring pharmaceutical drug prices has both sides of the aisle calling for investigations.

Two senators from opposite sides of the aisle announced a joint bipartisan investigation, while House Democrats announced their own Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force.

Numerous reports in the media recently have described stunning price increases, mostly on older, off-patent drugs, after mergers or acquisitions of pharmaceutical companies.

But the investigations are also looking at other forms of opportunism, including hiking prices if a drug finds new uses or wider popularity.

In our sphere of interest, it’s been the outrageous price hikes for naloxone earlier this year that have been […]

2601, 2016

Obama wants to help former inmates find jobs

January 26th, 2016|Legal|0 Comments

At the same time as the Justice Department was about to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, President Obama ordered federal agencies to stop asking most prospective employees about their criminal histories at the beginning of the application process.

Instead, he said, hear them out, evaluate their capabilities and give them a chance to make a positive impression. Then check into their backgrounds, the president said.

Activists trying to help former inmates reintegrate into society have been seeking this change for years. Obama agrees, saying that America “would be stronger” if it could find ways to help prisoners find paying jobs. But too many employers immediately […]

2101, 2016

New CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Only One Side of Long-Standing Clash Between Pain Relief and Addiction

January 21st, 2016|Get Help, Legal, News, Opiates|0 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: In spite of the controversy, a vast majority of physicians surveyed say they support and will implement the new guidelines in their opioid prescribing habits, which promises big changes in opioid use across the country.

The battle lines have been drawn for decades:

On one side, an army of determined pain management physicians advocating for tens of thousands of Americans suffering intolerable chronic pain who need their opioid prescriptions to obtain even a minimum degree of quality of life.
Opposite them stands another army of physicians (with considerably more ammunition because they represent the armed forces of government) equally determined to slow the escalating epidemic […]

1901, 2016

AMA calls for ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices

January 19th, 2016|Legal|0 Comments

Doctors at a meeting of the American Medical Society (AMA) have called for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices. The new policy supports an effort by the association to help make prescription drugs more affordable.

Drug and device makers spend countless billions of dollars on advertising every year to promote their products to the public. The idea is that patients will then go to their doctors and demand the drug or device they saw on TV, online or in a magazine.

According to a report from the AMA, most physicians are concerned that the “growing proliferation of ads is driving demand for […]

1401, 2016

New Trend: Recovering Substance Abusers Are “Coming Out” to Help Change Public Attitudes

January 14th, 2016|Addiction, Drugs, Get Help, News|0 Comments

Back in 2014, a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that public attitudes toward substance abuse are far more negative than toward mental illness.

While mental illness has become more acceptable to the public as a medical problem, “drug addiction” and addiction in general are still strongly associated with personal weakness and failure.

All that is about to change, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. Young people across the country are “coming out” – publicly admitting to substance use problems. They’re organizing to get media attention, to help sway public opinion away from condemnation and discrimination, and towards better […]

1201, 2016

Middle-aged whites in the U.S. dying at unprecedented rate from drugs, alcohol and suicide

January 12th, 2016|Addiction, Alcohol, Drug Overdose, Drugs|0 Comments

“Half a million people are dead who should not be dead,” says 2015 Nobel laureate Angus Deaton. “About 40 times the Ebola stats. You’re getting up there with HIV-AIDS.”

This is just the kind of bad news we try to avoid, because it can be downright depressing. But in this case, it needs to be discussed so we can hopefully save some lives.

An article in The Washington Post says that Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics, has discovered that a large segment of white middle-aged Americans “has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published […]