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Drug Abuse Prevention Programs for Adolescent: Adopting New and Relevant Techniques...

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) alcohol, marijuana and over the counter medications are the most commonly abused drugs by teens (NIDA, 2018). National drug use surveys indicate that some children are abusing drugs by age 12- or 13-years-old (NIDA, 2018). Studies have shown that research-based intervention programs can reduce early use of drugs by teen (NIDA, 2018). Prevention programs try to reduce the risk factors for drug use and increase the protective factors (NIDA, 2018). Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an intervention program that uses law enforcement officers as instructors (D.A.R.E., 2018). The program emphasizes how to resist peer pressure...

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 Apartments in Denver Focus on Traumatized Homeless

A new apartment building in Denver, Colorado was built to specifically house men and women who have struggled with homelessness, and been in and out of jail, for years. This apartment building, the Sanderson Apartments, was designed by the Mental Health Center of Denver. To find its residents, who were selected and offered residence rather than having them apply, the Urban Institute in Washington D.C., created a list of 4,000 homeless individuals who had been marked as “transient,” coming in and out of jail for crimes mostly related to their homelessness, such as illegal camping, trespassing or public intoxication. From those 4,000 names, 187...

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...

New Oregon Bill

A new Oregon bill decriminalizes heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If caught, possession of small amounts lead to a misdemeanor, instead of a felony. The bill “aims to curb mass incarceration" (Lewis, 2017, p. 1). Oregon lawmakers seek to encourage drug users to look for help instead of filling up their state’s prisons. The Oregon legislature passed a bill last week that reclassified possession of various drugs, ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. This will hopefully reduce punishments and further expand drug treatment for people without prior charges for drug possession.  “‘We are trying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds,’ said state Sen. Jackie Winters...

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...