Good Samaritans vs. predatory peddlers: problematizing the war on overdose in the United States - McLean K.

In the wake of dramatic increases, and demographic shifts, in the misuse of heroin and prescription opioids, drug addiction and accidental overdose have been increasingly framed as public health, not criminal justice, matters in the United States. In turn,...
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While Suboxone can be a helpful tool for many, it is important to also understand its addictive nature. Because it is an opioid, wondering if you can form an addiction to Suboxone can be answered simply: Yes. Although the rates of addiction are much smaller than those of other opioids, it is still important to take their addictive properties seriously and get help if you start to notice the signs and symptoms of addiction to Suboxone. What is Suboxone? According to their own website, Suboxone is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are depe...
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Making the decision to go to residential rehab is a big, life-changing one. It can also be stressful because choosing the right treatment center can absolutely make all the difference in your long-term recovery. This is especially true if you are used to a certain standard in your lifestyle. Some rehabs provide adequate accommodations for the length of your stay, while some luxury rehabs will go above and beyond. Just because you need addiction treatment doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your lifestyle and the things you are used to. This is when it’s important to know: is luxury residential treatment wor...
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What is Impaired Control and Substance Use? When understanding addiction and learning how it affects the brain, it is very important to know the difference between impaired control and substance use. Impaired control can be defined as “a craving or strong urge to use the substance; desire or failed attempts to cut down or control substance use”, however, it can be attributed to anything. People can have impaired control when it comes to drinking, shopping, gambling, video games or sex. It is also one of the very hallmarks of addiction, and often the very realization that drives people to get the help they need....
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A  letter to the editor in the August 14 New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the University of Michigan proudly reported on the results of their effort, called the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC), to reduce the volume of opioids prescribed for postoperative pain. The Collaborative developed a set of guidelines for its participating prescribers.As a result, they found that from January 2017 through May 2018, the mean number of pills prescribed for postoperative pain decreased from 26 (+/-2) pills pre-guideline to 18 (+/ – 3) pills post-guideline. Patient pill consumption also dec...
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Abstract Endogenous opioids are neuro-peptides with multifunctional properties. Historically, opioids are used to mediate pain; however, excess opiate consumption can lead to addiction. One endogenous opioid, methionine enkephalin (MENK), was reported to modulate cell growth, MENK was identified as an opioid growth factor (OGF) that interacts with the OGF receptor (OGFr) and regulates cell proliferation. Further, opioid antagonists, including naltrexone and naloxone are widely used to reverse drug and alcohol overdoses. Naltrexone (NTX) acts on all opioid receptors, blocking the interaction between OGF and OGFr, a...
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With  clear evidence that restricting the number of prescriptions increased the death rate by driving non-medical users to heroin and fentanyl, the last thing one wants to hear about is a politician planning to double down on this deadly policy by calling for further prescription limits for patients in pain.Yet Senator Robert Portman (R-OH) is  proposing legislation that would impose a national 3-day limit on opioid prescriptions following surgeries. He will be kind enough to allow exceptions for people dealing with cancer, chronic pain, and “other serious matters”—whatever that means....
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Harm, chronic illness, family disruption, disparate healthcare and escalating costs. These issues together describe the effect of substance use on the health of people, children, families, communities, organizations and the nation. In 2017, drug overdose killed 70,237 people, with 47,600 deaths involving opioids [National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2019]. Costs (e.g. health care, lost productivity) related to illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco exceed $740 billion annually (NIDA, 2017). Incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), also called neonatal opioid withdraw syndrome (NOWS), rose from 1.5 to 8.0 per 1000 b...
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When using drugs or alcohol, you may start to find that you need to keep using more to get high than you did when you first started. When a couple of glasses of wine used to get you plenty drunk, you’re finding that you need a full bottle or even more. This is called building tolerance and can cause some damaging effects to the body, including leading to addiction and death. Using More to Get High: Building Tolerance According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tolerance occurs when the person no longer responds to the drug in the way that person initially responded. Stated another way, it takes a higher dose ...
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A study published last month in the peer-reviewed journal  Addiction by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use found that harm reduction strategies were responsible for the province ’s opioid-related overdose death rate being less than half of what it otherwise would have been between April 2016 and December 2017.The researchers noted that 77 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths during that time frame involved illicit fentanyl. Vancouver has long been a major port of entry for fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, produced in China and o...
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Addiction is a chronic condition that leads to overdose and death. Addiction ruins lives, families and devastates communities. If you are suffering from addiction, it can be normal to ask yourself hard questions such as, “will I suffer from addiction forever? Is there a cure for addiction?” While there is no magic wand that can cure addiction, it is a treatable condition. When addiction is treated, people can go on to live normal, happy, healthy lives. While addiction may cause a lot of destruction and fractured relationships in its path, people can repair and move on from them as well. The Cure for Addiction:...
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