For many individuals suffering from opioid dependence, the simple and quick solution that many doctors seize upon is to prescribe Suboxone. But is this really the solution? Aren’t doctors short-changing their patients by latching onto this prescription drug as a one-size-fits-all panacea?
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People get vaccinated to prevent diseases such as measles, smallpox and the flu. But could there be a vaccine one day that helps prevent people from continuing a life of drug addiction?
On the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we, as a nation, will certainly pause to remember those who were murdered that day. However, let’s not forget that there are thousands of 9/11 first responders who are still dealing with the fallout. Many of the firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who swarmed […]
There’s exciting news out of Scripps Research that may one day provide a vaccine against heroin addiction. Of course, there’s a long way to go from the animal test results to human testing, clinical trials and FDA approval, but there is hope.
Harm reduction is a controversial strategy designed to minimize the negative consequences of drug abuse. The underlying philosophy of harm reduction is that drug abuse is an inevitable part of our world and that there are certain ways to use drugs that are safer than others.
For years state governments have been treating heroin addicts with Methadone, a drug that uses the same receptors in our brains that heroin would use and has some of the same effects (without the same level of euphoria), thus eliminating painful heroin withdrawal symptoms. Because Methadone blocks the “high” of any heroin ingested while Methadone […]
Dr. Thomas Kosten has spent nearly 20 years on a major breakthrough to help addicts with their drug dependence. Kosten is a professor at Baylor in the College of Medicine and has several vaccines in the workings with the intent to be therapeutic in treatment for drug addicts or those who’ve suffered from drug abuse.
The elderly are an underserved population when it comes to substance abuse awareness and treatment, according to a recent report from England’s Royal College of Psychiatry. A team of substance abuse specialists from the College say that older adults bring together a unique blend of factors which place them at greater risk in situations of […]
Fatalities in the U.S. linked with opioid drug use, such as prescription painkillers, have been sharply increasing for the past decade, despite increased federal and state initiatives to cut down on opioid abuse. However, recent information is also drawing attention to a powerful, but lesser-known cause of fatalities – methadone prescriptions – which have recently […]
During the most recent election for the office of Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron promised to make treatment for those suffering from drug addiction one of his highest priorities. However, a report recently released by the Centre for Policy Studies shows that Cameron hasn’t kept his promise and that Britain is spending upwards of $6 […]