20 07, 2017

DEA Warns First Responders of Fentanyl Overdose Risk

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Fentanyl|0 Comments

Just how dangerous is fentanyl? The synthetic opioid painkiller that's usually mixed into heroin is turning up almost everywhere. Fentanyl is so dangerous that the Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a formal warning to law enforcement and paramedic first responders to be super-careful when responding to any situation or emergency that involves drugs. Fentanyl and its equally dangerous synthetic derivatives are threatening the lives of anyone that comes in contact with it. Fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or even absorbed through the skin or eyes. And a tiny amount, 2-to-3 milligrams (like 5-to-7 grains of salt) can cause respiratory [...]

11 07, 2017

FDA Takes Aim at Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

July 11th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

New FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, says the agency wants to know whether abuse-deterrent prescription opioids "are having their intended impact on limiting abuse and helping to curb the epidemic." To help get a meaningful answer, Gottlieb has called a public meeting for July 10 and 11, 2017, to "engage external thought leaders in a discussion about how we can better leverage existing data sources and methods to evaluate the impact of these products in the real world." The meeting will seek to find or create "new data sources and study designs to ensure the best possible answers" about abuse-deterrent formulations which will influence regulatory [...]

4 07, 2017

FDA Moves to Get Opana ER Off the Market

July 4th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

In a surprise move that won't please Endo Pharmaceuticals, newly-appointed FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the agency is asking drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid painkiller Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) from the market. "We are facing an opioid epidemic - a public health crisis, and we must take all necessary steps to reduce the scope of opioid misuse and abuse," Commissioner Gottlieb said. "We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product's risks outweigh its benefits, not only for its intended patient population but also in regard to its potential for misuse and abuse." The FDA approved [...]

27 06, 2017

Billie Joe Armstrong: I Had No More Choices

June 27th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , |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.) On September 21, 2012, in front of thousands of fans, Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and guitarist of the band Green Day, suffered an onstage, mid-song "meltdown" by suddenly screaming obscenities into the mike, smashing his guitar to pieces and storming off the stage. Armstrong's two band-mates were almost as shocked as the crowd at the  iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. But they knew [...]

20 06, 2017

Opioid dependent babies benefit from buprenorphine when suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome do better when treated with sublingual buprenorphine than the usual oral morphine, says new study There’s been a lot of attention on the so-called “opioid epidemic” in America recently, and media coverage regularly echoes the call for wider application of medication assisted treatment (MAT), especially buprenorphine, which helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms while coming off heroin or opioid painkillers, for example. Stepping down the daily dose of buprenorphine, which is used routinely at Novus for this purpose, results in a faster and more comfortable withdrawal from opioid dependence. Buprenorphine is also helpful when used as a “holding” drug for [...]

13 06, 2017

Prescribing more opioids than needed can be dangerous

June 13th, 2017|Categories: Opiates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A recent study at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, has found that most orthopedic surgery patients go home with far more opioid pain pills than they need – some times as many as 80 pills too many. And it’s not uncommon for other types of patients to be overprescribed. So what’s wrong with having some unused opioids in the house? That is, besides the extra cost to the patient and/or the insurance company? Isn’t it more convenient than having to call the doctor to get a refill and go back to the pharmacy? Well, no, it isn’t better. Prescribing more opioids than needed opens [...]

6 06, 2017

Patients report worse outcomes with higher opioid dosages – Study

June 6th, 2017|Categories: Opiates, Painkillers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

If you’ve been taking opioids for pain and found things getting worse the more you took instead of better, you’re not alone. A large study by researchers at the VA and Kaiser Permanente found that increases in frequency and dosage are associated with worse patient-reported outcomes – more pain and more dysfunction. “One of the things that makes this current study unique is that it’s the first to identify more impairment, and higher pain based on opioid dose, when using question and answer survey instruments,” lead researcher Benjamin Morasco, PhD, told Pain Medicine News (PMN). Most earlier opioid use studies used medical records, which don’t [...]

30 05, 2017

‘Gray Death’ – The Latest Deadly Heroin Mixture

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Heroin|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

If someone you care about is abusing street-level opioids like heroin, this information could save their life. A new heroin-based mixture of opioids, nicknamed ‘the gray death’ by investigators, is causing record overdoses and deaths across several states, authorities say. Gray death is so unexpectedly powerful that even experienced drug users are overdosing and dying in record numbers. Street dealers often can’t tell their customers what’s in the bag. They get it from the higher-ups, they peddle it, and after people start dying they find out what they’ve been selling that’s killing their customers. Gray death is the latest, and the deadliest yet, in a [...]

25 05, 2017

Experts Weigh In On FDA’s Role Combating Opioid Epidemic

May 25th, 2017|Categories: Fentanyl, Heroin, Legal, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

President Trump's newly appointed FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, told his first gathering of agency staff last week that "unquestionably, our greatest immediate challenge is the problem of opioid abuse." Gottlieb said the opioid epidemic is "a public health crisis of staggering human and economic proportion" and is a problem that the FDA "cannot solve alone." But the FDA has an important role to play by "giving health care providers the tools to reduce exposure to opioids to only clearly appropriate patients." The new Commissioner, who was previously senior advisor to former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan and was later Deputy Commissioner, acknowledged work already done but [...]

23 05, 2017

ERs and Hospitals Search for Alternatives to Opioids

May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Opiates, Painkillers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A 53-year-old car crash victim, suffering unimaginably intense pain from a thigh so badly shattered that pieces of bone were sticking out, begged doctors at a Baltimore, MD, trauma center recently to not give him opioid painkillers. The patient's surprising refusal to accept the standard treatment for such cases was a simple and powerful message. He was a recovered opioid addict, he explained, and didn't want to risk a relapse. Years earlier, another car crash had led him to a pain clinic that prescribed Percocet "just like candy. I can't lose what I worked for," he said. The doctors listened and came up with an [...]