- White House Announces New Money to Fight Opioid Epidemic
- FDA Warns 0f Fatal Risks from Mixing Opioids and Sedatives (Update)
- Blog: Parity Pales in Nation’s Opioid Crisis
- News from Maine: Methadone Clinic Sues Bangor Over Expansion Denial
- Investigation: Knoxville Police Say No Crime Spike Around Its Methadone Clinics
- Ringgold Residents Protest New Clinic as Georgia State Lawmakers Debate Methadone
- Maryland Medicaid Drug Reimbursement to Put More Focus On Counseling
- Hospitalizations for Heart Infection Related to Drug Injection Rising Across The US
- AAP: Offer Teens Medication-Assisted Tx for Opioid Addiction
- D.E.A. to Consider Opioid Substitute More Dangerous Than Drugs That Kill 14,000 Annually
- How Opioids Are Contributing to the High Maternal Death Rate in America
- DOD Expands Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services for Military, Veteran
- Insurance Data Show a Surge in Spending On Opioid Treatment and Testing
- ASAM Releases Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends
Categories: 2016-09-13, News Updates, TOC
“The Obama administration on Wednesday announced $53 million in grants to states to help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse.
The funds are part of an ongoing administration effort to fight a rising tide of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin. There were 28,000 deaths in 2014, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The grants include $11 million for 11 states to expand access to medication assisted treatment, which combines therapy and medication to fight addiction.
There is also $11.5 million that will help 14 states expand prescription drug monitoring programs that track patients’ history of prescriptions in order to identify possible cases of addiction or abuse.
Additional funds will go to expanding access to naloxone, a drug that treats overdoses.”
The HHS press release can be accessed at: http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/08/31/hhs-awards-53-million-to-help-address-opioid-epidemic.html
Source: TheHill.com – August 31, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Heroin, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), News Updates, Opioid Abuse/Addiction, Opioids
Tags: Buprenorphine, Methadone Treatment, naloxone, Overdose, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Prescription Opioids
“Health officials are strengthening warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and sedatives like Xanax, saying the combination can lead to breathing problems, coma and death.
The Food and Drug Administration said it will add a boxed warning—the strongest type—to nearly 400 medications about the interaction, including opioid painkillers, opioid-containing cough medicines and benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders.
Painkillers and sedatives are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S., but both drug types slow users’ heart rate and breathing.
FDA officials said the number of opioid patients receiving sedatives increased by 41 percent, or roughly 2.5 million patients, between 2002 and 2014. Overdose deaths linked to non-medical use of the drug combination tripled between 2004 and 2011, according to figures from the agency.
The federal announcement followed a petition from health directors in 16 states and 12 cities filed in February.”
Source: MedicalExpress.com – August 31, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Addiction, News Updates, Opioid Abuse/Addiction, Prescription Drugs
Tags: Addiction, Benzodiazepines, FDA, Prescription Opioids
“As a company immersed in the addiction industry, my team and I are constantly focused on research initiatives that help us understand how to best meet the needs of consumers, treatment facilities, and the industry as a whole.
One of our more recent studies examined the various obstacles preventing people from receiving proper treatment, specifically those who suffer from opioid dependency. There were some significant findings: receiving long-term care, affording treatment and accessing opioid treatment programs are severely impacting an individual’s journey to recovery.
Source: TheHill.com – September 5, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Addiction, Healthcare Reform, News Updates, Opioid Abuse/Addiction
Tags: Healthcare Reform, Prescription Opioids, Substance abuse treatment
“A Bangor methadone treatment center has filed a lawsuit against the city two weeks after the facility’s bid to expand from 300 to 500 patients was rejected by the City Council.
“We are hopeful and optimistic that the federal court will rule in favor of our client, and will permit those awaiting treatment to begin to receive that treatment as soon as possible,” said John Doyle, an attorney with the law firm Preti Flaherty, which is representing the clinic.
The city’s attorney, Norm Heitmann, declined to comment Tuesday, saying the city won’t comment on pending litigation. The city likely will file a response in federal court within the next few weeks.
“Although [Penobscot Metro Treatment Center] has obtained the state licenses it needs to expand and meets the requirements of federal law, the city has denied it permission to expand, under an ordinance that illegally singles out methadone clinics for special discriminatory treatment,” the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court, alleges.”
Source: BangorDailyNews.com – August 23, 2016
See related editorial – Our View: Maine doesn’t need more barriers to addiction treatment – 8/23/16 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/23/our-view-maine-doesnt-need-more-barriers-to-drug-treatment/
Categories: 2016-09-13, Addiction, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Methadone, News Updates, Opioid Abuse/Addiction, Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
Tags: Methadone Treatment, Opioid Treatment Programs, Stigma
“Community members in Gray have long been concerned that opening a methadone clinic in Gray Commons Professional Park would increase crime in the area.
News Channel 11 took a deeper look at methadone clinics in Knoxville to see what types of crimes are being committed in the surrounding area and whether or not police have seen an increase in crime rates around the city’s two methadone clinics.
Knoxville Police Captain Don Jones is Knoxville’s West District Commander and oversees the area where the two methadone clinics are located. He said the clinics have been open for about five years and police have not seen many problems. Captain Jones said, “We’ve not seen any spike in crime in the businesses around that area. Do we have calls there? Yes, they actually have their security people call us if somebody that’s not supposed to be on their property wanders down there.”
Source: WJHL.com – August 22, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Methadone, News Updates
Tags: Methadone Treatment, Opioid Treatment Programs
“From the beginning, she wants to make this clear: The argument isn’t about the science.
Shelley Fow doesn’t want to debate the research behind methadone clinics, the stacks of studies saying it’s a good thing, or the stacks saying the treatment raises health concerns. Fow is fine with a new clinic. She just doesn’t want it here, on Highway 41, across from a school bus stop, about half a mile southeast of downtown Ringgold.
“That’s getting a little too close for comfort,” said Fow, who lives down the street.”
Source: TimesFreePress.com – September 4, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Methadone, News Updates
Tags: Methadone Treatment
“The state will change the way it reimburses medical providers for drug rehabilitation under Medicaid, the insurance program for low-income people, to encourage more counseling services for addicts and emphasize its importance as part of treatment.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Tuesday that it will reimburse for outpatient counseling separately from methadone treatment beginning next March, opening the door for more patients to get counseling. It also will allow the state to better track whether treatment centers are providing counseling.
The current reimbursement model for methadone treatment lumps drug disbursement and counseling into one category. A clinic is reimbursed a single weekly fee for a patient no matter the number of counseling sessions they attended, methadone treatments they received or other services they used.”.
Source: BaltimoreSun.com – September 6, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Methadone, News Updates, Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
Tags: Medicaid, Methadone Treatment, Opioid Treatment Programs, Substance abuse treatment
“Hospitalizations for infective endocarditis, a heart valve infection often attributed to injection drug use, have increased significantly among young adult Americans–particularly in whites and females–according to a new study by researchers from Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. The findings, published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases on Sept. 1, shed light on the healthcare burdens and shifting demographics associated with the rising national trend of opioid abuse.
Infective endocarditis is a sometimes lethal infection of the heart valves. People born with abnormal valves or older adults who develop valve issues are at increased risk for infective endocarditis, but it can also be triggered by injection drug use, which can introduce bacteria into the blood stream.”
Original Source: Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus – September 1, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Heroin, News Updates
“Medication-assisted treatment should be offered to adolescents with severe opioid use disorders, said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new policy statement.
Characterizing medication-assisted treatment in adolescents as “underused” and “severely restricted,” the AAP called upon pediatricians to offer this type of care to their patients with opioid use disorders or to refer patients to other health professionals who may provide this service, reported the AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention in Pediatrics.:
Read more at: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Addictions/59802
Source: MedPageToday.com – August 22, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Addiction, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), News Updates
Tags: Addiction, Substance abuse treatment
“The Drug Enforcement Administration said that it is going to ban the use of a substance that has been shown to be a safer alternative to opioids–one that can be used to help recovering addicts.
Kratom will be listed under Schedule I by the DEA, the agency announced on Monday. The move, which is set to take effect on Sept. 30., means the plant-derivative will be considered by the federal government to have zero medicinal value.”
Source: DistrictSentinel.com – August 31, 2016
Categories: 2016-09-13, Addiction, News Updates, Opioids
Tags: DEA, Heroin, Prescription Opioids