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CHMP Backs Two Drugs for Opioid Abuse CHMP Backs Two Drugs for Opioid Abuse

September 15, 2017 - 10:44am
The EMA committee recommends naloxone nasal spray (Nyxoid) for treatment of opioid overdose and buprenorphine plus naloxone sublingual tablets (Zubsolv) for treatment of opioid dependence.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Addressing stigma in medication treatment of adolescents with opioid use disorder - Bagley SM, Hadland SE, Carney BL, Saitz R.

August 7, 2017 - 10:20am
: In September 2016, the American Academic of Pediatrics released a policy statement that adolescents with opioid use disorder should be offered pharmacotherapy with buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone, or naltrexone. In our clinical practice, however, we ha... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Rapid Growth in Medicaid Spending on Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose (June 2017)

July 11, 2017 - 4:46am
Report used state Medicaid drug utilization files from 2011 to 2016 to assess spending on buprenorphine, naltrexone, and naloxone prescriptions. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me

June 16, 2017 - 10:25am
I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a tough Irish Catholic, old-school warrior. He refused to listen to them. No son of his was going to be a cripple. He found a doctor that told him how he could take the place of my injured brain. Every day, he laid me on the floor and exercised my legs. The muscles in my right leg were all shrunken and twisted. His job was to straighten them. Back and forth, up and down, he stretched them until the heels of my feet evenly matched. My mother told me the sound of me screaming was so unbearable that the...

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'All Scientific Hands On Deck' To End The Opioid Crisis

June 1, 2017 - 11:46am
By Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) and Francis Collins (Director, NIH) In 2015, 2 million people had a prescription opioid use disorder and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; prescription drug misuse alone cost the nation $78.5 billion in health care, law enforcement, and lost productivity. But while the scope of the crisis is staggering, it is not hopeless. We understand opioid addiction better than many other drug use disorders; there are effective strategies that can be implemented right now to save lives and to prevent and treat opioid addiction. At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA last month, lawmakers and representatives from healthcare, law enforcement, and many private stakeholders from across the nation affirmed a strong commitment to end the cris...