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New overdose data suggest epidemic outpacing response

New overdose data suggest epidemic outpacing response

In the US, more people now die each year from drug overdoses than died at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, more than died during the entire Vietnam War.

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Tackling the opioid epidemic in King County with ‘treatment on demand’

Tackling the opioid epidemic in King County with ‘treatment on demand’

Last year King County added 40 access points for one of the best treatments available for opiate use disorder, the drug buprenorphine. Buprenorphine supports recovery and reduces the chances of a fatal overdose by 50%. 

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
In rural areas hit hard by opioids, a new source of hope

In rural areas hit hard by opioids, a new source of hope

The rate of drug overdoses in rural areas, which surpassed the urban rate in 2006, continues to increase rapidly. The rural rate stands at about 17 per 100,000 residents, compared with the urban rate of 16.2 per 100,000

April 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
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
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