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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...

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...

Escaping Abuse

Mary is a survivor. After enduring years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, she found the strength to escape to a new life with her two young children. “I didn’t even pack underwear” (Janney, 2017, paragraph 4), she explained. She grabbed the children’s diaper bags, formula and carriers and took off in her car. She had tried to escape once before, but her husband had caught her. As she tore down the road, making her way from Georgia to Kansas, she was terrified that he would find her once more. A child of poverty and violence, Mary never knew there...

Desperately Seeking Solutions to Reduce Opioid Crisis in America

Every year, The Drug Enforcement Administration reports on the trafficking and abuse of illicit drug use in the United States. If you're wondering what constitutes illicit drug use, the answer is simple. It is the misuse of both illegal and controlled prescribed drugs and informs events like overdosing, drug poisoning, violent crimes, unintentional and intentional injuries, international involvement and death (Drug Enforcement Administration Strategic Intelligence, 2016). Over the course of a 10-year time frame, the DEA has described the current national drug threat as the greatest of all time. This trend was ignited by cocaine use in 2007, which labeled the drug as a substance...