Accepted items will include legal prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine but not liquids, sharps or illegal drugs. The first 40 people to drop off items will receive a $10 gift certificate, courtesy of Johnson-Witkemper Inc. Insurance Services. Free home drug lock boxes to keep current prescriptions secure will be distributed until supplies run out, courtesy of the Children’s Bureau.
Over the past seven years, Blum and Pavlik have been developing a drug designed to treat the kind of severe and chronic pain frequently treated with opioids. But their drug is missing something – the high.
The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly doubled over the past two years, according to new data, while prescriptions for opioid painkillers continued to decline.
“Last time I got a collection call from rehab saying, we still need this much money, I didn’t send them a check. I sent them a death certificate.”
Medication-assisted treatment involves prescribing methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone and combining it with counseling and other behavioral health therapies.
The practice is “evidence-based,” McCance-Katz said during the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s annual conference, which ended Sunday in San Diego.
“I think that people need to have the greatest number of options possible,” McCance-Katz said. “If they can find another way that helps them to get into recovery and live healthy lives, that’s really up to them.”
CNBC’s Ylan Mui reports on how people are using the dark web, where bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are the coin of the realm, to buy and sell opioids and illegal drugs.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 50 percent of those who reported abusing pain medication also said they have a full-time job, while an additional 15 percent said they work part-time. That reality has some employers rethinking their approach to drug use in their workforce.
More employers are considering switching from a zero-tolerance drug policy to a “second chance” policy. That’s where employees who fail a drug test aren’t immediately fired. Instead, they’re allowed to return to work if they get clean.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) includes medicine such as naltrexone or methadone as an adjunct to therapy, which might include counseling and 12-step programs. It is not a new concept by any means. It’s been around long enough to be shown in numerous studies to be a far more reliable route to recovery than therapy or medication alone. But with fatal opioid overdoses hitting historic levels, MAT is getting more attention – even for teens and young adults.
Nurses are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. As the first faces many patients see, nurses have the opportunity to identify individuals who are addicted, and they can also save lives by administering naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the effects of an overdose.
But many nursing colleges are only relatively recently adding programs about preventing and treating opioid addiction.
A guest speaker with real-world experience as it relates to drug addiction will be speaking at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County. David Sheff is an author who wrote books about his family’s experiences as his son, Nic, struggled with drug addiction. Sheff says his family’s story mirrors that of many others.