After spirituality helped Dr. Dee Bonney and his wife out of a bad patch in their marriage, he realized that faith could be powerful medicine indeed. But for many with substance use disorder, faith alone was not strong enough. Their chance of successfully shedding addiction improved if they used medication-assisted treatment to ease the physiological cravings that can arise with opioid dependency.
So in August, Bonney and his wife, Megan, a registered nurse, opened a Greenwood clinic in which he treats patients with Suboxone, a form of medication-assisted treatment, as well as spiritual counseling in the hope that melding pharmaceuticals with faith will prove effective.
A new study surrounding the opioid drug methadone revealed an interesting fact about those who are in recovery for addiction. The study commissioned by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force revealed that drug users who take methadone for maintenance are able to live stable lives, but still face multiple obstacles to social reintegration
The study revealed that the levels of social reintegration amongst the participants were exceptionally low. So in order to address this, breaking the stigma and allowing recovering people to reintegrate safely should be prioritized.
At 2:30 Thursday afternoon, the first three defendants appeared before a judge in what amounts to a new emergency court aimed at quickly helping those addicted to opioids. The focus of the Syracuse Opioid Intervention Court is on treatment rather than sending people to prison.
There are important lessons to be learned from the successes and failures of the AIDS response that could inform our response to the opioid epidemic. Decades of HIV research have demonstrated that the existence of an effective biomedical treatment is rarely, in and of itself, sufficient to combat an epidemic, suggesting that both a social as well as a biomedical response to the opioid crisis are necessary in order to be effective.
Stereotypes about people with substance use disorder are barriers to getting people help and ultimately, saving lives. The role of stigma and unconscious bias in the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths plays out in many ways — inhibiting people struggling with addiction from seeking help because they are afraid of judgment and rejection, preventing families from reaching out for support for similar reasons and blocking vitally important funding when elected officials view opioid misuse as a failure of will rather than the disease and public health tragedy it represents.
Republican state Sen. Jean Leising filed a bill that would say your pharmacist would have to clearly label opioid prescriptions. The state senator said a nurse manager told her “that she has seniors are taking opioids and they don’t think there’s any difference between taking those and taking ibuprofen or Tylenol.”
Having worked on the opioid epidemic first in the Obama administration and now at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute, I believe there are five basic issues that must underlie any response aimed at curbing overdose death rates:
First, we must address stigma.
Second, our nation must embrace harm reduction efforts.
The third area needed to address the opioid epidemic includes building alliances.
Fourth, while the nation justifiably is focused on ways to decrease opioid involved overdose deaths, public policies and funding should be broad enough to address all substances, both legal and illegal.
Lastly, as the federal government continues to invest in long-term research, promising practices at the local level must be supported.
Kileen Doyle never spoke to her son about drugs while he was growing up. She wasn’t even aware that some of his classmates and friends were using.
That changed abruptly when her son’s long-time friend, a boy who had been on his swimming team and in his martial arts classes, died of an overdose: heroine mixed with valium, a prescription drug.
The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress’ efforts to combat the local opioid addiction crisis and $1 million raised in a matching grant to be used toward drug abuse prevention has been chosen by Republic editors as the top story in 2018.
After being established in 2017, ASAP took its first concrete steps to complete planning, seek funding and to begin implementing a plan to prioritize and create solutions to gaps in the county’s current substance abuse treatment system. ASAP is focusing on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
Opioid-related deaths among teens and young children have nearly tripled since 1999, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
“What began more than 2 decades ago as a public health problem primarily among young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription and illicit opioid abuse that is taking a toll on all segments of US society, including the pediatric population,” the researchers wrote.