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The Surgeon General Says More People Should Carry Naloxone, the Opioid Antidote. Here ’s How Where to Get It and How Much It Costs

April 5, 2018 - 5:04pm
The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a public health advisory on Thursday urging more Americans to carry and learn to use the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Naloxone, which is often referred to by the brand name Narcan, can be lifesaving for people overdosing on opioids. As the nation’s opioid crisis has increased in recent years, first responders, emergency medical technicians and police officers have used naloxone to help revive people who are suspected of overdosing. Adams said Thursday that community members, family and friends of people using opioids, and individuals using the drugs themselves, can help too. “Knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life,” he said in the advisory. This morning, I released a Public...

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Indivior plunges after losing opioid addiction patent case

March 23, 2018 - 3:48am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is set to face cheap competition to its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film after losing a patent protection case, sending its shares more than 20 percent lower on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Indivior vows to appeal US court ruling on generic Suboxone

March 23, 2018 - 3:08am
UK drugmaker slides on news rival opioid addiction treatment does not infringe patents (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)

New national guideline sets out best practices for treating opioid addiction

March 4, 2018 - 11:00pm
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorders lays out the optimal strategies for the treatment of opioid addiction, including recommending opioid agonist treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone as the preferred first-line treatment. The guideline, published in CMAJ, was created for a wide range of health care providers to address an urgent need for evidence-based treatment of opioid use causing overdoses and death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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West Side health center to combat opioid epidemic

February 21, 2018 - 8:58am
Pinnacle-Covedale Treatment Services recently opened in a Westwood shopping center to provide treatment for patients battling drug  addictions.  Heroin and opiate abuse have reached epidemic levels in Greater Cincinnati, and the outpatient facility at the Glenway Crossing Shopping Center offers medication-assisted treatment using either Methadone or Suboxone. Vivitrol will be an option in the future.   Medical, physical, spiritual and psychological challenges are addressed at the facility. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

Study finds opportunity to increase opioid dependence treatment in Ontario jails

February 14, 2018 - 11:00pm
(McMaster University) The study included completion of an online survey by 27 physicians, who reported working in 15 of 26 provincial correctional facilities for adults in Ontario. This included 10 of the 13 facilities with a population of more than 200. The study identified that about half of the physicians prescribed methadone and half prescribed buprenorphine/naloxone to treat opioid dependence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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New opioid treatment center opens in Dayton region

February 8, 2018 - 11:37am
A new treatment center meant to help individuals with opioid-use disorders has opened in Montgomery County. Dayton Treatment Services, located at 7301 Poe Ave. in Vandalia, is a for-profit organization that offers outpatient, evidence-based treatment interventions for those struggling with opioid addiction. Recognized by the state of Ohio as a licensed narcotics treatment program (NTP), the center offe rs medically assisted treatment that utilizes either Methadone or Suboxone. Future programming… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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