Opioids

Lofexidine: Another option for withdrawal from opioids, but is it better?
Jun 6, 2018 By
The FDA recently approved lofexidine for opioid withdrawal symptoms, but it may not work better than standard treatments; however, it is a good option for people who intend to use extended-release naltrexone.
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Silent no more: Suicide is epidemic
May 23, 2018 By
The rate of suicide has been rising for two decades, alongside the increase in drug overdose deaths, yet we have been reluctant to discuss how these deaths are related and preventable. Our health care system can do better to ...
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Access to medical marijuana reduces opioid prescriptions
May 9, 2018 By
While the debate over the use of medical marijuana continues, two new studies have found that opioid prescriptions declined in states where medical marijuana is legal, and opioid overdose deaths also declined in those states.
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Supporting physicians’ buprenorphine waiver training, starting in the ER
Apr 11, 2018 By
With the opioid crisis continuing to claim lives, encouraging doctors to get the special training to prescribe buprenorphine in emergency departments is a step that could help many people with substance use disorders get access to an effective treatment ...
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5 myths about using Suboxone to treat opiate addiction
Mar 20, 2018 By
The medication Suboxone has helped many people who are addicted to opiates, but even within the addiction treatment community there are misunderstandings about this drug and its effects on the brain.
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Opioids in the household: “Sharing” pain pills is too common
Feb 27, 2018 By
Many people have taken a friend’s or family member’s pain medication on occasion, but the ongoing opioid crisis has drawn attention to such behavior, forcing doctors, hospice workers, and other care providers to tighten their procedures and track quantities ...
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Involuntary treatment for substance use disorder: A misguided response to the opioid crisis
Jan 24, 2018 By
A proposed expansion of the existing laws in Massachusetts, section 35, that allow involuntary commitment of a person with substance use disorder may be motivated by genuine concern, but available data suggest this approach is less effective than voluntary ...
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Working through workplace stigma: Coming back after an addiction
Jan 15, 2018 By
For many people, the most significant challenge when returning to the workplace after treatment for a substance use disorder is overcoming the doubts that coworkers may have about working with an addict. But doubt may weigh just as heavily ...
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Comparing medications to treat opioid use disorder
Jan 8, 2018 By
While there are two medications used to treat opioid use disorder that can be prescribed on an outpatient basis, a study comparing them found interesting differences in treatment results.
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