Opioids have been blamed for the deaths of at least 400,000 U.S. residents in the past two decades—but research now shows that number could be much higher.
Indiana will use nearly $1 million in federal funds to pay for the distribution of the opioid reversal drug naloxone to reach Hoosiers who are at risk of overdose, officials said.
An Elizabethtown church still plans to open a substance abuse recovery house for women by August — but in a downtown Columbus location rather than a spot southwest of town.
Pastor Mike Harris of Faith Hope and Love Church of God In Christ originally planned to launch such a facility in a home the ministry owns in Garden City near Southside Elementary School. But new plans call for the transitional house to open in a five-bedroom, three-bath 2,200-square foot structure downtown.
In light of Beckett’s tragic death, chief operating officer of the Manhattan-based Center on Addiction Emily Feinstein claimed that Crosby’s past drug history could have played a factor.
“Research tells us that 40–60% of the risk for developing addiction is driven by genetics. When an individual with a substance use disorder has a history of addiction in their family, it is likely that genetics were a contributing factor.”
Walmart has implemented a multi-faceted strategy to train employees, first responders, and members of the public about opioid safety. The retailer has created a virtual reality (VR) tool for training first responders to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.
Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that could prevent many of these deaths, but they are not being utilized widely enough, and many people who could benefit do not even seek them out. One important reason is the stigma that surrounds people with addiction.
A new study by Yale researchers looking at nearly 400 clinicians at four urban academic emergency departments found that, despite scientific evidence supporting the benefits of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, just 21% of emergency department clinicians indicated readiness to offer it to patients in need.
Do you know someone living with an addiction? Chances are you do. As many as two out of three Hoosiers know someone with an addiction to drugs. For about a quarter of us, it’s a friend. For one in five of us, it’s a family member, according to data from IU.
The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Columbus hopes to open the first of a series of sober living transitional homes by mid-June.
The idea of the homes is to allow those who have completed a substance abuse program to have build a support network, and to establish job and financial stability amid a structured environment while in the initial stages of recovery — all to better ensure long-term success of remaining free of substance abuse.
The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the routines of hundreds of thousands of methadone patients across the U.S. That’s because in March, in recognition of the evolving issues surrounding Covid-19, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) eased restrictions on access to methadone. States may now allow “stable” patients — those with a track record of showing up for appointments and abstaining from illicit drug use, among other criteria — to take home up to 28 days of doses. Newer patients can be permitted up to 14 days’ worth. Previously, most methadone patients were required to come to the clinic on all or most days to receive their medication.