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Edie Falco: Art Mirrors Life

(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.) For most of us, making tough decisions about career, finances, parenting - almost anything these days - can be stressful. But most of us are living rather uneventful 9-to-5 lives. Actors live in another universe of stress. We see the fame, the glamorous lifestyles and big fat paychecks. And while that is the upside of showbiz success, actors face a life notorious for its roller-coaster ups [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|0 Comments

Report: “Heavy Drinking Days” on the Rise, Says NIAAA

With all the attention and media coverage on the opioid epidemic these days, we can sometimes forget that the biggest substance use disorder is still very much with us. That's right - it's alcohol. In sheer numbers, alcohol-related "harms" far exceed heroin, crack and all the other drugs, according to exhaustive scientific studies of the effects of substance use disorders. In fact, alcohol abuse makes many other drug problems seem tame by comparison. For these reasons, a recent national survey by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an agency of the National Institutes of Health, is drawing some concern. "Heavy drinking days," [...]

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In the Media: Radio Interview with Kent Runyon

Hosted by long-time National Post columnist and editor Matt Gurney, National Post Radio offers smart and authoritative debates, commentary and roundtables of hot topic discussions between Gurney and several of National Post’s most notable voices. Every weekday morning, Canada Talks brings you Canada's news, straight from the pages of the National Post. Listen here

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

ER Study: Higher Opioid Prescribing Leads to More Long Term Use and Abuse

A recent study of the prescribing practices of emergency room physicians clearly shows that the more opioids you prescribe, the more long-term use and abuse will result - especially among the elderly. The study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed opioid prescriptions among 377,629 Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) emergency room patients over four years, from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2011. Variations in the volume of opioids prescribed for patients in the same ER varied widely from doctor to doctor. Records clearly showed that some physicians were routinely higher-volume prescribers compared to others who were low-volume prescribers. The study followed [...]

In the Media: New Study Shows Women are Hit Hardest as Opioid Epidemic Sweeps the Country

"Much attention has been paid to the problem of men suffering from substance use disorder, but concern for women who become dependent on opioid painkillers has fallen short. From 1999 until 2010, fatal overdoses from prescription pain medications rose by 400% among female patients, compared to a 237% increase in fatal overdoses in male populations. "The proportion of women using illicit drugs is also increasing at a faster rate than of men, but physician referrals to appropriate detox and treatment facilities are low. Only 3.2% of women are referred to detox programs, regardless of whether or not they would like such a referral. While women [...]

February 28th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

In the Media: Senators demand answers over skyrocketing prices for overdose drug

First responder and drug counselors say there’s no doubt that Evzio, an injectable version of the anti-overdose drug Naloxone, has saved thousands of lives. “We've seen it save lives and we've seen those lives get clean,” Kent Runyon of the Novus Medical Detox Center told Channel 2’s Justin Gray. But the company that makes the drug, Kaleo, has raised the price of Evzio more than 600 percent since 2014, to $4,500 a dose. Read more

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

Is it safe for home detox for opiate/opioid withdrawal?

The term “home detox” refers to tapering off from a dependent substance on your own at home – or even quitting cold-turkey on your own – instead of at an inpatient medical detox facility. There are several problems with detoxing at home which can make it risky at best. If these problems are dealt with properly, you can make a home detox a little safer. We aren’t saying “safe,” we’re saying “safer.” Home detox for opiate/opioid, alone, always presents risk – usually more risk than many people should even try to handle. And when it comes to opiate/opioid withdrawal – like prescription painkillers and street [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: FAQ, Get Help, Opiates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Opioid Use Disorder Increasing Among our Aging Parents

Not too long ago, younger Americans worried about their aging parents or grandparents dipping into the cooking sherry a little too often. Alcohol was the primary dependence problem troubling Americans of all ages. And in fact, serious drinking among the elderly was not all that unusual. Today there's a different, darker story being told about substance use disorders among the geriatric set all across the country. Prescription painkiller dependencies and addictions are on the rise - even heroin abuse, because it's easier to get and even cheaper than the co-pay for some brand-name prescriptions. There are roughly 40 million Americans older than 65 - less [...]

In the Media: National Opioid Epidemic Affecting Miami-Dade

"Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in partnership with the State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, the Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County's Board of County Commissioners Chairman Bovo, has recently formed the Opioid Addiction Task Force--charged with developing an effective action plan that addresses the reduction of opioid and heroin addiction and prevents overdose deaths. The task force held their first meeting on January 30th. "Novus Medical Detox Center, a leading Florida-based drug treatment facility, believes the current epidemic may be an unintended consequence of legalized marijuana and advocates for expanded access to drug treatment programs as a key [...]

February 10th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

Marijuana: 62% More Pregnant Women Now Smoke Pot

A new study from Columbia University says 62% more pregnant women are smoking pot than did so a decade ago - particularly younger pregnant women 18 to 25. Using marijuana as a remedy for nausea may be the driving force behind the big jump in pot smoking among pregnant women. Along with that is the fact that medical marijuana now is legal in 29 states, making it easier than ever to obtain. The problem isn't more people smoking weed. The problem is that it's more pregnant women than ever smoking it. Because when mom smokes, so does her baby. All the evidence isn't in yet, [...]

February 7th, 2017|Categories: Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments