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 […]

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 […]

3103, 2016

FDA urged to add ‘black-box’ warning labels about deadly risk of mixing opioids with benzodiazepines

March 31st, 2016|Benzodiazepine, Legal, News, Opiates|0 Comments

A few weeks ago we reported about new research showing that combining opioids with benzodiazepines carries a 4-times-higher risk of fatal overdose.

Now we read in the Washington Post that “dozens of public health officials and academics across the country are pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn people about the potential dangers of taking powerful prescription painkillers alongside common anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines.”

The paper says 41 officials from various state and municipal health departments and universities have submitted a petition to the FDA. They are urging the agency to add “black box warnings” to the labels of all opioids and benzos.

A “black […]

2903, 2016

Will the FDA’s Settlement with a Tiny, One-Drug Company Open the Door to Off-Label Marketing for Big Pharma?

March 29th, 2016|Legal, News|0 Comments

In recent years, numerous Big Pharma companies have been fined hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars for “off-label marketing” – promoting uses for its drugs that have not been ruled “safe and effective” by the FDA.

Restrictions on what drug companies can say to promote their products don’t restrict what physicians can prescribe. Doctors can use FDA approved drugs any way they want to. The issue is only about what manufacturers can say, or not say, to promote their products.
If the FDA’s recent loss in court to a tiny, one-drug company has the snowballing effect many observers expect, it could soon lift the lid […]

2403, 2016

Senate Approves Sweeping New Legislation Shifting Policy Away from Punishment and Towards Treatment

March 24th, 2016|Legal, News, Opiates|0 Comments

The new bill took three years of bipartisan effort, and addresses many aspects of the battle to end the nation’s opioid epidemic. But it may prove to be too little too late because of a serious lack of funding.

In a 94-to-1 vote that shows overwhelming bipartisan support in the war against addiction, the Senate has approved a new bill aimed at shifting federal drug policy away from punishment and more toward treatment and recovery.

Called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015, the bill was sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

The new legislation was the product of nearly three […]

1703, 2016

Cannabis-Related ER Visits in Colorado by Tourists Have Doubled

March 17th, 2016|Marijuana, News|0 Comments

Here’s a little message for anyone contemplating a special visit to Colorado to sample the recently-legalized local weed.

Don’t go. Just say no. Or you might just wind up in the hospital.

The state’s legalized recreational marijuana has sparked flocks of visitors from out of state. But they’re not coming to enjoy Colorado’s magnificent mountain scenery. They’re pouring into the state to get legally stoned on the locally grown legal marijuana.

Nicknamed “weed tourists,” plenty of these day-trippers aren’t dealing at all well with the powerful local varieties of weed they’ve been encountering. They’re ending their trips as guests of Colorado’s many emergency wards.

In fact, since Colorado legalized […]