Young Man Gets His Life Back With Help From…Soccer?

(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.) Philip Jones was addicted to drugs and living on the streets of San Francisco for days at a time, and then seeking brief refuge at home with his mom. Philip had been abusing drugs since his teens - in fact he was selling pot in middle school - and it just kept getting worse. When he was 21, his mom finally kicked him out of the [...]

July 15th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Inspiration, Marijuana|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

New Study Shows Opioid Painkillers Cause Chronic Neuropathic Pain; Offers Hope for New Treatments

Opioid painkillers actually cause more pain than the pain they're supposed to be treating. And it can be long term and very severe, says a new study from the University of Colorado. The fact that opioids cause pain has been known for decades. But the phenomenon called "opioid-induced hyperalgesia" has been associated with longer term use of opioids. What's new and remarkable about this study is learning that opioids actually cause nerve pain after taking them for as little as five days. And even more remarkable, this opioid-induced nerve pain can be chronic, lasting for weeks or even months - long after stopping the use [...]

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, Opiates, Painkillers|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment Lacking Across the Country, Says New CASA Report

Insurance plans across the country don't cover the necessary treatments for people with addiction, says a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The nationwide review of insurance coverage, titled "Uncovering Coverage Gaps: A Review of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans," reveals that insurance plans across the U.S. are not covering the necessary treatments for people with addiction as called for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, as the ACA has come to be known in the media. Historically, insurance coverage for addiction treatment has been inadequate, CASA says, but the ACA "holds great promise for expanding access [...]

As Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises White Americans Are Dying Younger

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Kevin Polito Finds a New Life After a Dozen Rehabs

(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 [...]

April 21st, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, News, Vicodin|Tags: , |Comments Off on Kevin Polito Finds a New Life After a Dozen Rehabs

FDA introduces draft plan for abuse-deterrent generic opioids

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 [...]

April 19th, 2016|Categories: Legal, News, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on FDA introduces draft plan for abuse-deterrent generic opioids

States Reach for More Control Over Prescribing of Opioid Painkillers

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 [...]

April 7th, 2016|Categories: Legal, News, Opiates, OxyContin/Oxycodone, Vicodin|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on States Reach for More Control Over Prescribing of Opioid Painkillers