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

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 [...]

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Antidepressant, Fentanyl, Medical Drug Detox, Methadone, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Risk of Death from Long-Acting Prescription Opioids (LAOs) Goes Far Beyond Overdose, Says New Study

High-Dose Methadone Detox: How Novus Medical Detox Center Does What Most Other Detox Centers Can’t Do, An Interview with Kent Runyon

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 [...]

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Methadone, News, Novus Medical Detox, Opiates, Painkillers, Suboxone|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on High-Dose Methadone Detox: How Novus Medical Detox Center Does What Most Other Detox Centers Can’t Do, An Interview with Kent Runyon

New York joins the list of states ruling drug courts must allow med-assisted treatment or lose federal funding

A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders New York’s drug court judges to stop acting like doctors and let addicted defendants continue their treatment medications. Many, if not most, of New York’s 140-plus drug courts force drug-addicted defendants to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications and go “cold turkey” in jail. They tell the defendants that to qualify for the free court-ordered treatment and thereby have charges against them dismissed, they have to quit their methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol or any other Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) they might be on. The same attitudes and practices exist in many other drug courts across the country. Judges routinely [...]

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Legal, Methadone, Suboxone|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New York joins the list of states ruling drug courts must allow med-assisted treatment or lose federal funding

Methadone replacement therapy cuts HIV-infection rates, but…

Yet another study (there have been many) shows that methadone replacement therapy for opioid addicts can lower HIV and hepatitis infection rates. The latest study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, was carried out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) has been in use for decades. By connecting methadone programs with a reduction in needle sharing (and therefore a reduction in HIV infections – facts which are already common knowledge world-wide) thestudy’s authors wanted to encourage the British Columbia government to expand its financial commitment to MMT in the province. Between 1996 and 2013, the Canadian researchers followed 1,639 [...]

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Legal, Methadone|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Methadone replacement therapy cuts HIV-infection rates, but…

Child Methadone Deaths Through Negligence

A Utah mom puts some of her methadone in a Gatorade bottle, then forgets it contains methadone and pours some into a sippy cup for her three kids including her 2-year-old son. After he passes out she calls 911. The two older kids are saved at the ER. But it's too late for the 2-year-old. Charge: Second-degree felony child abuse homicide, one to 15 years behind bars at the Utah State Prison. A New York woman visits friends in Ohio, gives some of her methadone to the friends' 3-year-old "to help it sleep." The child suffers cardiac arrest, spends 4 years in and out of [...]

August 4th, 2015|Categories: Legal, Methadone, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Child Methadone Deaths Through Negligence

New Report: Prisoners Forced Off Methadone Relapse More

Some changes in drug treatment in this country could improve the lives of countless people every year. All it needs is a close look at the real situation with most detox and rehab facilities, and the determination to fix it, using effective healthcare protocols. When people on methadone maintenance therapy are incarcerated, most American prisons force them to withdraw from the methadone, says a new study of prisoners who were sent to prison while on methadone. While you might think that's a good thing, there's more to this study. Prisoners forced to discontinue methadone while in jail are more likely to relapse back onto heroin [...]

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Methadone, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Report: Prisoners Forced Off Methadone Relapse More

Higher opioid doses can lead to depression and the longer you take them the worse it will be

Pain specialists have suspected for years that opioid painkillers are somehow related to symptoms of depression in chronic pain patients. A new study published in the medical journal Pain shows that those suspicions were indeed correct. As chronic pain patients increase their dosage of opioid medications, says the study from Saint Louis University, they are more likely to risk the symptoms of depression or increase the symptoms of an existing depression. But a follow-up study shows that it actually may be how long you take opioids, not how much you take, that is the real cause of increased depression. Analyses of thousands of VA patient [...]

June 10th, 2015|Categories: Hydrocodone, Medical Drug Detox, Methadone, News, Opiates, Painkillers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Higher opioid doses can lead to depression and the longer you take them the worse it will be

Prescribing Heroin for Heroin Users: Good or Bad Idea?

Prescribing heroin for heroin addicts has been used as a 'treatment' for many years in Europe, particularly in the UK, Switzerland and Portugal. A program treating heroin addiction with heroin is underway in Canada for the second time in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. An earlier clinical trial a few years ago was the first heroin prescription program in North America, and now they're expanding the program. In the UK, addiction 'experts' a few years ago called for the government to open "shooting galleries" across the country for "hardened" drug addicts to come in and shoot up free [...]

June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Heroin, Methadone, News, Suboxone|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Prescribing Heroin for Heroin Users: Good or Bad Idea?

Maine debate heats up: methadone vs suboxone

The Maine governor wants to end state funding for methadone treatment for opiate addiction and put everything into Suboxone, which has sparked heated arguments. Strangely silent are the majority who actually favor detox and abstention as standard treatment. Nearly 4,000 Maine residents are receiving methadone treatment for opiate addiction under the state’s MaineCare (Medicaid) program. But Gov. Paul LePage wants to do away with methadone treatment entirely, and has introduced a budget that would end financial support for methadone, and switch everything to Suboxone and other drug treatments. There are several big problems with the idea, and LePage and his cronies can’t seem to get [...]

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Drug Overdose, Legal, Methadone, News, Suboxone|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Maine debate heats up: methadone vs suboxone

Will Kentucky drug courts allow opioid addicts to take prescribed medications or not? The jury’s still out.

Kentucky’s state drug court program has introduced new rules to allow opioid addicts to continue taking prescribed drug treatment medications, such as methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol, rather than making them quit such drugs as a condition of the program. Until this past March, Kentucky insisted that to participate in drug court, addicts must taper off any treatment meds they were on within six months. The only treatment options allowed were abstention, usually in a 12-step program. But as we reported a month or so ago, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ruled that federal funding for drug courts will be denied if [...]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: Legal, Methadone, News, Opiates, Suboxone|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Will Kentucky drug courts allow opioid addicts to take prescribed medications or not? The jury’s still out.