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 [...]

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," [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Benzodiazepine, Heroin, News, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opioid Use Disorder Increasing Among our Aging Parents

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, [...]

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Docs Not Solely Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse, But Prescription Pads Do Play a Role, Says Researcher

Are America's physicians responsible for the soaring rate of opioid abuse and overdose deaths across the country? "Not exclusively," says Dr. F. Perry Wilson. "But we can't deny that somewhere in the chain of events that leads to opioid abuse lies a prescription pad." Wilson, a MedPage Today clinical reviewer, recently examined data that helps shed at least some light on the question. Wilson's interest was piqued after a study appeared in the journal Pain that found "growing evidence that opioid prescribing in the United States follows a pattern in which patients who are at the highest risk of adverse outcomes from opioids are more [...]

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Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter Had a Drinking Problem

(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.) Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, from 1997 through 2007. The wildly popular novels follow the life of young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. All three are students at "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," a fictional school located in a magically-invisible land somewhere in England. The main story [...]

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