- More Study? Addiction Experts Disappointed with Trump’s Lack of Action on Opioid Crisis
- Opioid Addiction Treatment Lacking for Medicaid Enrollees in Southeast US
- Research Results: Medication Treatment Offers Hope for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder
- Prevalence of Heroin Use Rises in Decade, Greatest Increase Among Whites
- Research Results: Cannabis Use May Increase Risk of Failing Methadone Tx in Women
- Would Legalizing Medical Marijuana Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?
- From Opioid-Free to Long-Term User, In One Operation: Study Shows Key Role of Surgery
- Hepatitis B and C Can Be Wiped Out in The US By 2030; Here’s How
- The Billion Dollar Drug for Opioid Victims Has a Problem: It’s Addictive
Links to Additional News of Interest
- Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs: An American College of Physicians Position Paper – 3/28/17
- CDC Report: Methadone Prescribing and Overdose and the Association with Medicaid Preferred Drug List Policies — United States, 2007–2014 – 3/31/17
- Opioid overdoses are climbing. But prescription painkillers aren’t driving them anymore. – 4/1/17
- Tom Marino set to serve as White House drug czar – 4/11/17
- How Opioid Addicts Are Using Social Media To Get Clean – 4/15/17
- Addiction drug Suboxone is popular prison contraband – 4/16/17
- CMS Rule on ACA Marketplaces Helps Insurers – 4/17/17
- Are Insurers’ Prior Authorization Rules Killing Opioid Addicts? – April 2017
“Drug addiction experts battling soaring overdose rates worry President Trump has not lived up to repeated campaign pledges to curb opioid abuse, favoring a tough-on-crime approach rather than the treatment programs he promised.
While the White House heralds a new opioid addiction study commission, advocates said they wanted action — not further study. The epidemic, largely triggered by legal prescription drugs, is already clearly defined, they say, and remains by most accounts out of control.”
Source: BostonGlobe.com – April 16, 2017
See related article: The 15 Most Addicted Cities Behind the $8 Billion Opiate Epidemic available at: http://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/most-addicted-cities-behind-8-billion-opiate-epidemic.html/?a=viewall0
Medicaid enrollees in the Southeast U.S. exhibited the greatest disparities between county-level opioid use disorder rates and estimated capacity for opioid use disorder treatment, according to recent findings.
“In 2012, only Fulton County in Georgia had any opioid treatment programs that accepted Medicaid insurance,” Amanda J. Abraham, PhD, of University of Georgia, Athens, said in a press release. “Thus, there is no access to treatment for Medicaid enrollees in rural counties in Georgia, and similar disparities exist across the Southeast.
To assess county-level geographic variation in treatment admissions among opioid treatment programs that accept Medicaid, researchers analyzed data from the 2012 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
Of the 1,151 opioid treatment programs included in the study, 744 (64.6%) accepted Medicaid.
Source: Healio.com – April 17, 2017
“Medication for addiction treatment with buprenorphine or methadone is an appropriate and accepted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD), according to new research.
The report, prepared by University of North Carolina’s Hendree E. Jones and colleagues, is an important step toward developing evidence-based recommendations for treatment of pregnant and parenting women with OUD and their children.
Jones and coauthors wrote: “Practical recommendations will help providers treat pregnant women with OUD and reduce potentially negative health consequences for mother, fetus, and child.”
The study appears in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
The SiaSat Daily – April 16, 2017
Categories: Addiction, Buprenorphine, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Methadone, News Updates, Opioid Abuse/Addiction
Tags: Addiction, Buprenorphine, Methadone Treatment, Pregnancy, Substance Abuse Treatment
“Heroin use and heroin use disorder have increased significantly among American adults since 2001, according to new research conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The portion of Americans using heroin has climbed five-fold in the last decade, and clinically defined heroin dependence has more than tripled. Increases were greatest among males, whites, those with low income and little education, and for heroin use disorder, in younger individuals. The increase in the prevalence of heroin use disorder was more pronounced among whites ages 18-44 than among non-whites and older adults.
The study is the first to account for changes in heroin use and dependence over time in the U.S. The findings are published online in JAMA Psychiatry.”
Source: MedicalExpress.com – March 29, 2017
“According to researchers from McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the use of cannabis may affect treatment in women being treated with methadone. Findings from the study are published in Biology of Sex Differences.
Researchers reported that about 60% of men and 44% of women undergoing methadone therapy also use cannabis. The study included 777 participants from 16 Canadian Addiction Treatment Centre Sites across Ontario. The results indicated women undergoing methadone treatment who used cannabis were 82% more likely to continue using opioids. Cannabis use appeared to be a “predictor for continuing opioid use despite treatment with methadone.”
Source: EMPR.com – March 30, 2017
“In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.
Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.
At the same time, fears that legalization of medical marijuana would lead to an uptick in cannabis-related hospitalizations proved unfounded, according to the report in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – March 28, 2017
“Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user.
About 6 percent of people who hadn’t been taking opioids before their operation, but were prescribed the drugs to ease their post-surgery pain, were still getting the drugs three to six months later, the study finds.
That’s long after the window considered normal for surgical recovery, say the authors of the national study, published in JAMA Surgery. The rate didn’t differ between patients who had minor surgery and those who had major surgery, but it was slightly higher in southern states.”
Source: MedicalXpress.com – April 12, 2017
“Health experts have devised an aggressive plan to stamp out a viral disease that is fueling a sharp rise in liver cancer in the United States and killing 20,000 Americans per year.
Their national strategy for eliminating two types of hepatitis by 2030 hinges on persuading the federal government to purchase the rights to one or more of the costly new medications that can essentially cure hepatitis C.
That unprecedented step is one of a raft of recommendations issued Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The academies’ expert panel also recommended a campaign to vaccinate all adults against hepatitis B, expanding needle exchanges for intravenous drug users and a nationwide effort to identify and treat the legions of Americans who are unknowingly infected with either strain of the virus.”
Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-hepatitis.html
Source: MedicalXpress.com – March 29, 2017
“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order earlier this month, declaring the state’s opioid addiction crisis a state of emergency, is yet another example of the state’s leadership in addressing a crisis. With overdose deaths from heroin and fentanyl up by 62 percent between the first nine months of 2015 and the same period in 2016, efforts to combat this tragic epidemic must include detox programs, counseling, and medical treatments.
In the realm of medical treatments, Maryland took bold action last year to reduce access to the opioid treatment drug, Suboxone, which has become a dangerous drug on the streets and in prisons.
Many doctors and patients see the drug as effective, but its manufacturer has fought hard to keep generic or alternative drugs off the market. This has led to an antitrust suit initiated last fall by attorneys general from 42 states, including Maryland.”
Source: Yahoo Finance – March 31, 2017
Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs: An American College of Physicians Position Paper – 3/28/17
CDC Report: Methadone Prescribing and Overdose and the Association with Medicaid Preferred Drug List Policies — United States, 2007–2014 – 3/31/17
Opioid overdoses are climbing. But prescription painkillers aren’t driving them anymore. – 4/1/17
Tom Marino set to serve as White House drug czar – 4/11/17
How Opioid Addicts Are Using Social Media To Get Clean – 4/15/17
Addiction drug Suboxone is popular prison contraband – 4/16/17
CMS Rule on ACA Marketplaces Helps Insurers – 4/17/17
Are Insurers’ Prior Authorization Rules Killing Opioid Addicts? – April 2017