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In the Media: Cherokee Nation suing Walmart, Walgreens, other distributors over opioid crisis

Novus in the national news...... "The lawsuit was applauded by Bryn Wesch, the head of Novus Medical Detox Center, a national drug treatment facility headquartered in Florida. She said better monitoring standards are needed when it comes to prescribing opioids. "How can a doctor prescribe 1,000 pills to a single individual in a day and not have it be a problem?" she said." Read more

April 27th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: |0 Comments

FDA says no codeine or tramadol for kids under 12

The US Food and Drug Administration has tightened restrictions on two opioids, codeine and tramadol, that are widely-used to treat colds, coughs and pain in kids. Children under 12 should receive no codeine or tramadol at all, the new ruling says. Teenagers 12 to 18 years should be screened for contraindications before prescribing either drug for any reason. Codeine has been used for coughs, colds and congestion for decades, and is still available over the counter (no prescription required) mixed into cough medicines such as Robitussin. Tramadol is widely used as a pain reliever and it does require a prescription. “Single-ingredient codeine and all tramadol-containing [...]

DEA Calls China’s Fentanyl Ban ‘A Potential Game-Changer’

After six months of serious negotiations, China has agreed to a fentanyl ban of the production and sale of four variations of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The killer drug has been pouring into the U.S. illegally from China for years and has been implicated directly in countless overdose deaths. The ban of four variations of the deadly drug began on March 1, 2017. It's being called "a potential game changer" by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials. The DEA deserves enormous credit because the tricky negotiations included a trip to China in January by acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to help hammer out an agreement. Rosenberg [...]

Experimental opioid reduces pain but is non-euphoric

Developer says the new drug reduces pain without creating the euphoria that led to the opioid epidemic Drug developer Nektar Therapeutics has announced positive results from a phase III trial of its experimental opioid painkiller called NKTR-181. The drug “significantly reduced pain in patients with moderate to severe chronic low back pain, had a favorable safety profile and was well tolerated.” The San Francisco-based biotech company expects that NKTR-181 will be a huge boon for safer pain treatment, as well as a financial blockbuster, because it’s the first “mu-opioid agonist” to treat pain without causing the opioid euphoria of other opioid painkillers that launched the [...]

In the Media: Recalculating, Radio Shows

Featured on the Recalculating, Radio Shows, Special Guest is Will Wesch, Director of Admissions at Novus Medical Detox Center, a Joint Commission Accredited inpatient medical detox facility that is also licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families and known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol. Listen here

March 27th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |0 Comments

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," [...]

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