A new entity designed to help people with substance-abuse addictions navigate complex paths toward recovery is one step closer to reality.
A funding request for about $500,000 received a unanimous recommendation Monday from the Substance Abuse Public Funding Board.
A poignant obituary for a young mother is starting conversations about opioid addiction, as the woman’s family struggles to come to terms with her death.
Madelyn Linsenmeir died unexpectedly on Oct. 7 surrounded by her family. Now, in a moving obituary, Linsenmeir’s relatives wrote candidly about her years-long struggle with the addiction that ultimately took her life.
Law enforcement officials will be partnering with the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, the South Florida Behavioral Health Network and the University of Miami Health System, among others, to set up a year-long outpatient treatment program for individuals found with small quantities of opioids. The “pre-arrest diversion” initiative is funded by Justice Department grants worth $1.6 million, which will pay for the operation to treat about 100 people over three years.
Police and hospital personnel hope to start offering treatment, including anti-addiction medication, social services, mental health counseling and general medical care, by May 2019. The treatment will rely on outpatient services but also provide some inpatient care.
The first proposed joint project by local government to address Bartholomew County’s opioid crisis has become a reality.
The Bartholomew County’s commissioners gave their approval Monday to an inter-local agreement with the city of Columbus that will create the Recovery Enables a Life for Men program.
Known as REALM, the new program will provide comprehensive, evidence-based residential treatment focusing on the substance abuse needs of up to 40 male offenders each year.
Jeannie Leavitt says breaking her addiction to prescription painkillers is the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
She’s been in recovery since June 2016 and she credits the tough-love treatment she found at Brattleboro Retreat for that.
Leavitt is 71 years old.
Research shows the words we use or the false ideas we hold about addiction can prevent us from implementing scientifically-back strategies to approaching the epidemic, such as medically assisted treatment or needle exchange programs.
“We all have an opportunity to behave differently, to empathize,” West Virginia Chief Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta said. “But also help propagate that stigma, whether it’s the terminology we use or the actions we take.”
The need for foster parents in Indiana seems to be at an all-time high, with more than 1,000 children waiting to find their forever homes
“There’s a lot of kids being pulled left and right due to the opioid crisis,” said Jessica Brown, foster care manager at Villages of Indiana.
Congress has sent to the president’s desk a massive bipartisan bill that aims to take on the opioid epidemic that kills 130 Americans daily, according to the latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here are 10 ways the legislation can help address the opioid epidemic.
The discovery of a new drug compound could lead to non-opioid pain medication.
Purdue University researchers have been focused on the identification of this compound for years. Associate Dean Val Watts says the discovery was made using animal models and inhibits a certain enzyme.
“We think this long-acting opioid treatment has particular advantages,” Dr. Roger Crystal, CEO of Opiant Pharmaceuticals and inventor of Narcan, told Yahoo Finance, “as we are now in the next phase of this opioid crisis, where the majority of deaths arise from fentanyl.”
He added: “It’s the strongest of the opioids, 50 times stronger than heroin, it’s also easier and cheaper to make than heroin, and we see it growing year on year.”