2505, 2016

As Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises White Americans Are Dying Younger

May 25th, 2016|Drug Overdose, News|0 Comments

The life expectancy of middle-aged and younger white Americans has slightly declined for the first time in decades, and scientists are blaming substance abuse as a main cause.

Other driving factors include alcohol-related liver disease and suicides, says the National Center for Health Statistics.

The reduction in life expectancy for white Americans is being blamed on the “suffering and anxiety” among working-class whites brought about by the 2007 recession and massive unemployment. The concurrent rise in drug and alcohol abuse and suicides is consistent with the tensions resulting from the economic collapse.

The drop in life spans occurred in 2014, following a leveling-off that began in 2010. Before […]

1905, 2016

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Mandatory Training for US Doctors in Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management

May 19th, 2016|Legal, Opiates, Painkillers|0 Comments

Every doctor in the country should be required to attend mandatory advanced training in pain management and the prescribing of opioid painkillers, says a joint FDA advisory committee.

The panel of experts was meeting to ascertain the effectiveness of the FDA’s 2013 risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for prescribing extended release /long acting (ER/LA) opioids.

The panelists concluded that there was no way to accurately tell if the FDA’s ER/LA REMS program has had anything to do with recent declines in prescription opioid abuse, overdose and death statistics.

Instead, the panelists recommended that the REMS program be expanded to include immediate release (IR) opioids as well as […]

1705, 2016

CVS and Walgreens expanding drugstore access to naloxone in 35 states and Washington DC

May 17th, 2016|Drug Overdose, Opiates|0 Comments

Two major drugstore chains, CVS and Walgreens, will be offering the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone to the public without the need for a prescription in at least 35 states and DC by the end of this year.

Under physician-approved protocols, CVS has already established the program in these 23 states:

* Arkansas
* California
* Connecticut

* Indiana
* Kentucky
* Maryland

* Massachusetts
* Minnesota
* Mississippi

* Montana
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey

* New York
* North Carolina
* North Dakota

* Ohio
* Pennsylvania
* Rhode Island

* Tennessee
* Utah
* Vermont

* Virginia
* Wisconsin

CVS says it will add a total of 20 states to the naloxone program in 2016, and will announce additional states throughout the remainder of the year.

“Naloxone is […]

1205, 2016

How a Little-Known White House Drug Education Program is Helping Disabuse Kids from Abusing Drugs

May 12th, 2016|Drug Overdose, Legal, News|0 Comments

Probably the largest drug-education program for kids that you never heard of, the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), awarded $86 million in grant funding last year to 697 cities, towns, municipalities and community treatment centers across the country. The funding is used to help bring the message about the dangers of substance abuse to America’s youth.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) program has been ongoing since 1997, when Congress passed the Drug Free Communities Act. Although many, if not most people are unaware of it, the ONDCP says it’s “the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use.”

The […]

505, 2016

High-Dose Methadone Detox: How Novus Medical Detox Center Does What Most Other Detox Centers Can’t Do

May 5th, 2016|Methadone, News, Novus Medical Detox, Opiates, Painkillers|0 Comments

An interview with Kent Runyon of Novus Medical Detox Center

The prescription opioid called methadone has been used for decades to treat opioid addiction, most commonly for heroin. Hundreds of thousands of such patients have become dependent on methadone because of such treatment. And this opioid replacement use recently gained even more support from officialdom as high up as the White House.

Methadone-replacement patients normally receive their methadone from a licensed methadone clinic. The clear advantage is that they are no longer threatened by the inherent dangers of street heroin – the crime, communicable diseases and the ever-present potential of a fatal overdose.

The disadvantage is that methadone […]

2804, 2016

Study Finds 91% of Opioid Overdose Patients Who Survive Continue to be Prescribed More Opioids

April 28th, 2016|Drug Overdose, News, Opiates, Painkillers|0 Comments

A new study reveals that most prescription opioid overdose patients who survive the overdose go right on getting more opioids prescribed to them after they recover.

And that’s not all.

A significant number of those patients – as many as one out of every six – suffers another overdose fairly soon.

And there’s more.

Everyone knows, or should know, that a nonfatal opioid overdose offers a perfect opportunity to identify and treat substance abuse disorders. The patient is right there, thankful to be alive and breathing again. The moment to reach out and help, the best time for an intervention, is now.

But it seems that few ever receive an […]

2104, 2016

Kevin Polito Finds a New Life After a Dozen Rehabs

April 21st, 2016|Inspiration, News, Vicodin|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.)

Kevin Polito openly admits that while he was in college at Duqesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, he was a “functioning addict” – a sort of “dual-personality” person who is fully addicted to drugs or alcohol, but who still manages to get a lot done in life without attracting attention to their addiction.

In fact, Polito says, he maintained a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average and held a full-time […]

1904, 2016

FDA introduces draft plan for abuse-deterrent generic opioids

April 19th, 2016|Legal, News, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone|0 Comments

In its second move in a week aimed at beefing up regulations concerning the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced guidelines for the development of abuse-deterrent formulations for all approved generic oral prescription opioids.

Earlier in the week, the agency announced it would call for “black-box” label warnings to all immediate-release (IR) opioid painkillers, which include roughly 175 branded and generic drugs. Similar warnings were added to the labels of extended-release (ER) prescription opioids three years ago.

The FDA said the plan supports the industry’s development of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) for generic versions of approved opioids while ensuring that generic ADF […]

1204, 2016

Federal commission urges Congress and White House to improve care for newborns suffering drug withdrawal

April 12th, 2016|Addiction, Legal, Opiates|0 Comments

Newborn babies are suffering and dying from drug withdrawal, and Congress and the White House need to strengthen regulations governing their care and protection, says a federal commission studying child neglect and abuse.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) has released its report after two years of study. It’s clear that in many areas of the country, infants who are born in drug withdrawal, and also their drug-using mothers, are not getting the care they require. As a result, babies are dying and families are suffering.

The Commission was established by law under the new Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, and was […]

704, 2016

States Reach for More Control Over Prescribing of Opioid Painkillers

April 7th, 2016|Legal, News, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone, Vicodin|0 Comments

Tired of waiting for federal action, a number of states are introducing legislation to control the prescribing of opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin.

Motivated by the soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses of prescription opioid painkillers and to a lesser extent heroin, state lawmakers are introducing, or at least considering new bills that limit how much opioid doctors in the state can prescribe per patient – how much opioid per pill, how many pills per prescription, and when the drugs can be prescribed at all.

The latest example of such legislation comes from Massachusetts, where a bill has been passed that places severe restrictions […]