OxyContin maker gets patent to treat opioid addiction

Purdue Pharma, accused of fueling the opioid abuse epidemic, now stands to profit from treating it
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Publication date: Available online 14 December 2018Source: PeptidesAuthor(s): Alan R Gintzler, Nai-Jiang Liu, Emiliya M. Storman, Martin W. WessendorfAbstractEffective management of chronic pain is demanded by ethical as well as medical considerations. Although opioid analgesics remain among the most effective pharmacotherapies for ameliorating many types of pain, their use is clouded by concerns regarding their addictive properties, underscored by the current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and attendant deaths. Medicinal harnessing of endogenous opioid antinociception could provide a strategy for continuing to take...
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(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Synthetic psychoactive drugs have become a serious public health threat in recent years. This is particularly true of the fentanyls, a large family of synthetic opioids, which can be up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Synthetic opioids are highly addictive and, because of their potency, often prove fatal: among the roughly 72,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2017, some 30,000 were related to synthetic opioids.
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This article focuses on the research study ’s multi-systemic impacts and discusses implications via a systems approach to prevention and intervention.
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Digital health solutions could be the most viable means of curbing the opioid abuse epidemic. FDA contributed to the support of this belief earlier this week, when it gave a nod to Pear Therapeutics’ mobile medical app. The solution, called reSET-O, is used to help those with opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. The Boston, MA-based company said the reSET-O app is a prescription cognitive behavioral therapy intended to be used in addition to outpatient treatment under the care of a health care professional, in conjunction with treatment that includes buprenorphine and contingency management. &a...
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From the Pennsylvania Press Room: The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. “The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensur...
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The objective of this program is to advance scientific research that facilitates knowledge and care for infants exposed in utero to opioids. This program benefits the public: infants and families with opioid exposure and their health care providers. This FOA supports trials that require participation of two or more collaborative sites for completion of the study. Accordingly, the collaborating sites develop a specific protocol across the sites and are organized to increase sample size, accelerate recruitment, or increase sample diversity and representation. Each site has its own Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/...
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The epidemic of opioid addiction persists across the country, demanding increased efforts to combat the effects of drug abuse. Traditional methods of enforcement have failed to curb the spread of opioid addiction in the Appalachian region, so the Department of Justice is taking a new tack.   Last month, DOJ announced the formation of an Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, bringing together the resources and expertise of its Criminal Health Care Fraud Unit, the U.S. Attorney’s…
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“It is borderline genocide,” said DeLuca, 37. “You are allowing [chronic pain patients] to go home and essentially suffer until they kill themselves.” Last year, Lauren DeLuca went to the emergency room in the middle of the night, violently ill and in pain with a pancreatic attack. Despite the fact that she was passing out and vomiting profusely, DeLuca said that she received little help. “I was essentially turned away,” she told The Fix. “Everywhere [I went] I was being accused of lying, accused of making it up.” Over the next three weeks, DeLuca lost 20 pounds, unable to ea...
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Alcohol content measuring wristbands, smart lighters, nicotine tracking wearables, stop smoking apps, virtual reality therapies, automated messaging platforms are the newest elements in the arsenal of digital health technologies supporting everyone in the fight against addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. Addiction and dependency ruins lives Once you become addicted, it sticks with you for a long time, if not for life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about cigarettes, alcohol, medication, drugs, gambling, sex, etc., any of these substances or phenomena could cause you strong dependency and might impact you...
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We  learned last week that the 2017 drug overdose numbers reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly show most opioid-related deaths are due to illicit fentanyl and heroin, while deaths due to prescription opioids have stabilized, continuing a steady trend for the past several years. I’ve encouraged using the term “Fentanyl Crisis” rather than “Opioid Crisis” to describe the situation, because it more accurately points to its cause—nonmedical users accessing drugs in the dangerous black market fueled by drug prohibition—hoping thi...
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