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New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

Fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails, housing more than 2 million inmates, allow access to the FDA-approved medication for drug addiction, even though medical societies, addiction experts and correctional health organizations support their use.

April 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

If you’re ready to address your own addiction, or that of a loved one, know that you may not succeed — at first. You probably won’t be able to do it without outside help or medications. And you’ll probably have to take medications for years — or the rest of your life.

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

At least 40 percent of active drug users wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Mobile methadone vans have served people with opioid addiction in rural towns and underserved inner-city neighborhoods for nearly three decades. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which regulates dispensing of the FDA-approved addiction medicine, has refused to license any new methadone vans since 2007 over concerns about potential diversion of the medication.

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
1 in 6 American adults binge drink about once a week

1 in 6 American adults binge drink about once a week

CDC researchers found that 1 in 6, or 37 million, adults binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in about two hours.

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
A battered doctor, a slain patient and a family’s quest for answers

A battered doctor, a slain patient and a family’s quest for answers

David Cole Lang’s widow, Monique, says she still has no clue as to why the 33-year-old combat veteran and father who struggled with opioid addiction ended up fatally shot by a doctor whom — as far as Monique knew — he hadn’t seen in over a year.

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

When opioids enter the brain, they bind to receptors known as μ (mu) opioid receptors on brain cells, or neurons. These receptors stimulate the “reward center” of the brain. Over time, those receptors become less sensitive, and more of the drug is needed to stimulate the reward center.

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Ten ERs in Colorado tried to curtail opioids and did better than expected

Ten ERs in Colorado tried to curtail opioids and did better than expected

The goal was for the group of hospitals to reduce opioids by 15 percent. Instead, the hospitals did much better: opioid prescriptions went down 36 percent on average.

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states — including Washington state — during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

His uncle’s death shook Ostrovsky, a pediatrician appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2016. He had championed better drug treatment programs for the 74 million people on Medicaid — an increasingly uphill battle after Republicans signaled they would trim the program under President Donald Trump.

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More