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 […]

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 […]

1003, 2016

Massachusetts Drug Counselors Say Officials Put Too Much Stress on Medication Assisted Treatment

March 10th, 2016|News, Opiates, Painkillers, Suboxone|0 Comments

As Massachusetts pours millions of dollars into its war on opioid addiction, substance abuse counselors are warning that patients – even teenage addicts – are being over-medicated with methadone, buprenorphine and other treatment drugs. A major article in The Salem News offers some valuable lessons for anyone battling the opioid epidemic.
Fueled by prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, and cheap heroin pouring into the country from Mexico, opioid addiction and overdoses have been escalating throughout Massachusetts for several years.

To combat the problem, the state has budgeted $114 million this year to provide more treatment and prevention programs. But state officials are placing major emphasis […]

2502, 2016

Joe Walsh: Learning That Life Is Better Without Drugs

February 25th, 2016|Inspiration, News|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.)

In early October last year (2015), tens of thousands of people rallied together on The Mall in Washington, DC, to tell the world that addiction is not a shame or a disgrace, it’s striking countless millions of people from all walks of life and all of them deserve our compassion and our help to achieve full recovery. Here at Novus, we blogged about this game-changing event last […]

1802, 2016

BioDelivery Sciences Gets FDA Approval for New Opioid Pain and Addiction Treatment Cheek Patches

February 18th, 2016|Drugs, Legal, News, Opiates, Suboxone|0 Comments

BioDelivery Sciences International has received FDA approval recently for two opioid medications that use the company’s proprietary drug-delivery technology – a thin, dissolvable film placed on the inside of the cheek.

In a move that seems more than a little ironic, one of the new products, Belbuca, is addictive, while the other, Bunavail, is an addiction treatment drug combination.

Belbuca delivers the painkiller buprenorphine, an addictive opioid which is increasingly abused or diverted by opioid addicts in treatment, who sell or trade it for heroin.

Bunavail, the company’s other new drug, contains buprenorphine and naloxone together, which is a common treatment for opioid addiction.

Both drugs use the company’s […]

1102, 2016

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

February 11th, 2016|Addiction, Legal, News, 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 […]