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Purdue Pharma Will Stop Promoting OxyContin to Doctors

Purdue Pharma will stop marketing OxyContin to doctors and has eliminated more than half of its sales force (Jay & Perrone, 2018). Sales representatives will no longer go to doctors’ offices to discuss the opioid drugs (Jay & Perrone, 2018). The company has been criticized for contributing to the opioid epidemic (Correll, 2018). From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). In the United States 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid and sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled (Centers for Disease...

Mobile Medical Apps: Tools to Help With Substance Use Disorder

In the United States drug and alcohol addiction relapse rates are between 40% and 60% (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Technology is being utilized to decrease addiction relapse rates. The United States Drug and Food Administration has permitted marketing of a digital therapeutic app for substance use disorder, or SUD (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). The mobile medical application permitted by the FDA is named Reset. Reset application is used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant SUD. Opioid dependence is not treated by the app (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). Digital therapeutics are mobile medical apps or online technologies...

FDA Is Taking Action Against Abuse of Anti-Diarrheal Medications

People are abusing anti-diarrheal medication, sold under the brand name Imodium A-D, to get high. This can result in serious heart problems or even death (Food and Drug Administration, 2018). The ingredient loperamide is included in the anti-diarrheal medication. Loperamide is in the opioid family which includes morphine and oxycodone (AP, 2018). Because of this the Food and Drug Administration is working with the producers of anti-diarrheal medications to limit the loperamide dose that is contained in over the counter (OTC) packages (Food and Drug Administration, 2018). The FDA suggest the manufacturers use single dose packages or blister packs to help limit the customer’s opioid intake. A...

Clinical Trial Shows No Significant Differences in Pain Reduction among Opioids...

Prescription opioids have caused a 16-year increase in opioid-overdose deaths in the United States. From the years 2000-2016 more than 600,000 people died from a drug overdose. In 2016 alone, opioids killed more than 42,000 people. Of all opioid-overdose deaths, 40% involve prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). The amount of overall pain Americans have reported has not changed, but the amount of prescription opioids sold to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices has quadrupled from the years 1999-2010 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). One risk factor for opioid abuse is taking high daily dosages of prescription opioid pain relievers. Because...

New Jersey Offers First Mobile Methadone Program for Inmates

Opioid addicted inmates at the Atlantic County Jail are the first in the state of New Jersey to obtain their daily dose of methadone from a mobile service provided by the John Brooks Recovery Center. This program is a part of the state’s efforts to bridge the service gap for incarcerated addicts. The program estimates an enrollment of approximately 50 inmates in the mobile service. For Alan Oberman, Director of the John Brooks Recovery Center, this is a huge achievement. Current research indicates that medication assisted treatments like methadone coupled with counseling and assistance programs work well. For this reason Oberman and many other county leaders...

Drug Courts could Solve the Opioid Crisis

Two advisors for opioid recovery, Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the house and Van Jones, President of #cut50, proposed that drug courts could help solve the opioid crisis in America.  A woman by the name of Chelsea Carter grew up in the South and started using prescription drugs in her early teens. By her early 20’s she started stealing to support her opioid addiction. She was eventually arrested and faced with more than 20 years behind bars. Instead she was sentenced to treatment court. “In this special court, Chelsea met regularly with a case manager, counselor and treatment provider. She appeared frequently before a judge...

Parents Gave Newborn Daughter Drugs

Parents told police that they gave their newborn daughter a prescription pain medication to cover up the fact that she was born addicted to drugs.   According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a Utah couple, Colby Glen Wilde and Lacey Dawn Christenson, both in their late 20’s, gave their daughter Suboxone, a medication used for pain management and addiction treatment, on the day she was born. Investigators soon came to the discovery that Christenson had been using heroin and other prescription pain medication heavily throughout her pregnancy, which resulted in her child being born addicted to the same drugs, said...

The Rise of Eating Disorders in Modern-Day Society

Eating disorders have become extremely common, and, though they can affect everyone, they’ve become especially apparent amongst youth members of society. Often, eating disorders can be directly related to problems with control, anxiety, depression, abuse and/or addictions. As many celebrities have opened up about their struggles, the frequentness of eating disorders-related stories has increased awareness and apprehension. Troian Bellisario, a young actress who rose to fame via her lead role on Pretty Little Liars, is vocal and honest about her struggles with eating disorders. Bellisario claims, "I couldn't get anyone — even the people who loved me the most, even my boyfriend or my mother...

Cold-Turkey Detox Not a Cure for Addiction

Does detoxification cure addiction? Not according to a new movement within the addiction medicine field. In fact, this movement is challenging the entire notion that when a person cleanses his body of toxic chemicals he is on the road to recovery. “That’s a really pernicious myth, and it has erroneous implications,” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 9) Dr. Frederic Baurer, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, says. Baurer, who has been treating addiction for over 30 years adds, “The focus should be on a stabilizing treatment plan, not on detox” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 30). Elvis Rosado can testify to the need for such a plan. While he...

Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...