FDA Approves First Non-opioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Non-opioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
Source: JEMS Patient Care - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Disaster preparedness among opioid treatment programs: policy recommendations from state opioid treatment authorities - Elliott L, Benoit E, Matusow H, Rosenblum A.
Recent natural disasters in the US have demonstrated the enormous potential for opioid treatment programs (OTP) to be rendered inoperable, disrupting methadone dispensing for their patients. Discontinuation of dispensing has severe consequences for OTP pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Sask. nurses want prescribing power to tackle opioid addiction
On Thursday, Saskatchewan nurses will vote on proposed bylaw changes that would allow them to prescribe opioid substitution therapies, like methadone. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics
Despite the nation's deepening opioid crisis, the Medicare drug program for the elderly covers methadone only when prescribed for pain (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics
Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medication-Assisted Treatment Needs Community Support
Communities like Portsmouth, Ohio, regularly make national news for waves of overdoses. On any given day, nearly 100 people across the country die due to opioid overdose. The problem always feels like an uphill battle, and often a losing one for social workers and drug counselors who hope to get clients on the path to sobriety. Evidence shows that one method, medication assisted treatment (MAT), works; however, for MAT to be truly effective, it takes an entire community. What Is Medication Assisted Treatment? Medication assisted treatment is an evidence-based recovery process that combines traditional therapies and detox p...
Source: Psych Central - April 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Desiree Patton Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Medications Stigma Substance Abuse Addiction Treatment buprenorphine probuphine methadone naloxone naltrexone acamprosate evidence-based treatment medication-assisted treatment recovery Source Type: news

Buprenorphine may be a safer opioid substitute than methadone but only if treatment duration is longer, study suggests
The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study by researchers from the University of Bristol, King ’ s College London, University of Manchester and Bristol Drugs Project, with implications for guidance on GP prescribing. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 20, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Dr. Ottavio Vitolo Joins Relmada Therapeutics as Senior Vice President, Head of RandD and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Vitolo brings wide range of experience in clinical psychiatry, neurology and rare diseases to lead Relmada development programs NEW YORK, April 3, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: RLMD), a clinica... Biopharmaceuticals, Personnel Relmada Therapeutics, methadone, mepivacaine, dextromethadone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids
A report in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that the drug overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. It also found that recent increases in drug overdose deaths are driven by sharp increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved opioids. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - March 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Ageing opioid users' increased risk of methadone-specific death in the UK - Pierce M, Millar T, Robertson JR, Bird SM.
BACKGROUND: The first evidence that the hazard ratio (HR) for methadone-specific death rises more steeply with age-group than for all drug-related deaths (DRDs) came from Scotland's cohort of 33,000 methadone-prescription clients. We aim to examine, for En... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Ottawa making it easier for doctors to prescribe methadone and heroin
The federal government is taking steps to make it easier for doctors to prescribe methadone and pharmaceutical grade heroin. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Opioid Poisonings, Overdoses Send More US Kids to Hospitals
CHICAGO (AP) — Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use. Prescription painkillers were most commonly involved, but heroin, methadone and other opioid drugs also were used. Hospitalizations were most common among kids aged 12-17 and those aged 1 to 5. The youngest kids typically found parents' medications or illicit drugs and used them out of curiosity, said Dr. Jason Kane, the lead a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid Poisonings, Overdoses Send More US Kids to Hospitals
CHICAGO (AP) — Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use. Prescription painkillers were most commonly involved, but heroin, methadone and other opioid drugs also were used. Hospitalizations were most common among kids aged 12-17 and those aged 1 to 5. The youngest kids typically found parents' medications or illicit drugs and used them out of curiosity, said Dr. Jason Kane, the lead a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Childhood Opioid Overdoses Nearly Doubled In Last 10 Years
Child hospitalizations due to opioid overdoses nearly doubled between 2004 and 2015, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Attempts to curb opioid use among adults have not curtailed this troubling trend, the authors say, and more efforts are needed to reduce opioid ingestion—both intentional and accidental—in kids. For the new study, researchers examined billing records from 49 children’s hospitals in 27 states and the District of Columbia. They found that between 2004 and 2015, there were a total of 3,647 opioid-related hospitalizations in 31 different hospitals. The percentage of those ch...
Source: TIME: Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Pioneering approach to addiction in Rhode Island jails saves lives
(Reuters Health) - An innovative program offering all of Rhode Island ’s prisoners methadone and other drugs to treat opioid-use disorders has slashed overdose deaths in the state during its first year, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tanzania:Ray of Hope for Drug Addicts. . . Govt to Include Methadone in Essential Drugs List
[Daily News] Mwanza -THE government will soon include methadone in its top essential medicines list, procure and stock it for use by drug abuse victims. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Side health center to combat opioid epidemic
Pinnacle-Covedale Treatment Services recently opened in a Westwood shopping center to provide treatment for patients battling drug  addictions.  Heroin and opiate abuse have reached epidemic levels in Greater Cincinnati, and the outpatient facility at the Glenway Crossing Shopping Center offers medication-assisted treatment using either Methadone or Suboxone. Vivitrol will be an option in the future.   Medical, physical, spiritual and psychological challenges are addressed at the facility. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Cost-effectiveness analysis of the Parents under Pressure programme for methadone-maintained parents - Dalziel K, Dawe S, Harnett PH, Segal L.
Children living in families with parental substance abuse are at high risk of child maltreatment and associated adverse outcomes. A trial of methadone-maintained parents randomised to the Parents under Pressure (PuP) parenting programme reported significan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders - Full Document (Including Executive Summary and Parts 1-5)
This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)-methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine-and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study finds opportunity to increase opioid dependence treatment in Ontario jails
(McMaster University) The study included completion of an online survey by 27 physicians, who reported working in 15 of 26 provincial correctional facilities for adults in Ontario. This included 10 of the 13 facilities with a population of more than 200. The study identified that about half of the physicians prescribed methadone and half prescribed buprenorphine/naloxone to treat opioid dependence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors Struggle to Treat Youngest Victims of Opioid Epidemic
CHICAGO (AP) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert's second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Doctors Struggle to Treat Youngest Victims of Opioid Epidemic
CHICAGO (AP) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert's second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

‘It’s a National Problem.’ How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction’s Youngest Sufferers
(CHICAGO) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert’s second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal sy...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Tanner / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

New opioid treatment center opens in Dayton region
A new treatment center meant to help individuals with opioid-use disorders has opened in Montgomery County. Dayton Treatment Services, located at 7301 Poe Ave. in Vandalia, is a for-profit organization that offers outpatient, evidence-based treatment interventions for those struggling with opioid addiction. Recognized by the state of Ohio as a licensed narcotics treatment program (NTP), the center offe rs medically assisted treatment that utilizes either Methadone or Suboxone. Future programming… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 8, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John Bush Source Type: news

The Country ’s First Safe Injection Facility May Soon Open in Philadelphia. Here’s What You Need to Know
Last month, supervised injection facilities, also known as safe injection facilities (SIFs), were thrust back into the news when Philadelphia officials announced the city would likely become the first in the U.S. to adopt the controversial tactic for fighting opioid abuse. SIFs, which currently operate in Canada, Europe and Australia, offer drug users a place to use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of medical professionals. (SIFs do not provide drugs, nor do their employees inject users directly.) Proponents say they can help curb overdose deaths, improve injection hygiene and expand access to addiction tre...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Philadelphia Source Type: news

Self-harm, methadone use and drug-related deaths amongst those registered as being of no fixed abode or homeless in Ireland - Glynn RW, Lynn E, Griffin E, Fitzgerald M, Ward M.
This work aims to contribute to the evidence base regarding the health of those who experience homelessness in Ireland by collating data on methadone use, drug-related deaths and emergency department presentations due to self-harm. Data from the Central Me... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease, American Heart Association warns
The American Heart Association issued a stark warning Thursday for women with breast cancer: Life-saving therapies like chemotherapy and radiation can cause heart failure and other serious cardiac problems, sometimes years after treatment. The organization said patients and doctors shouldn’t avoid the treatments but instead take steps to prevent or minimize the cardiac risks. And […]Related:Social egg freezing is a numbers game that many women don’t understandFDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’This flu season is on track to be the worst in nearly a decade (Sou...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC director resigns over conflicts with financial interests
Director Brenda Fitzgerald, who joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only in midsummer, held "complex financial interests" that had repeatedly forced her to recuse herself from the agency's activities and kept her from testifying before lawmakers on public health issues. Her new boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, announced Wednesday morning […]Related:A couple returned from vacation with itchy feet. Hookworms were tunneling through their skin.Social egg freezing is a numbers game that many women don’t understandFDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Cracks Down On OTC Imodium Abuse
Loperamide, a drug with opiate effects used to treat short term bouts of diarrhea, and the active ingredient in Imodium AD sold OTC, is now in the cross hairs of the FDA in an effort to reduce abuse of this opiate analog, often called the “poor man’s methadone.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

FDA Cracks Down On Imodium Abuse
Loperamide, a drug with opiate effects used to treat short term bouts of diarrhea, and the active ingredient in Imodium AD sold OTC, is now in the cross hairs of the FDA in an effort to reduce abuse of this opiate analog, often called the “poor man’s methadone.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

A couple returned from vacation with itchy feet. Hookworms were tunneling through their skin.
It started with an itch after a stroll on a Caribbean beach, but in just a few days it had morphed into a gut-churning travel nightmare. In mid-January Eddie Zytner and Katie Stephens, a couple from Windsor, Ontario, went on a vacation to Punta Cana, a resort town on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.   At some […]Related:Social egg freezing is a numbers game that many women don’t understandFDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’This flu season is on track to be the worst in nearly a decade (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘ the poor man ’ s methadone ’
The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products in an effort to curb abuse by people with drug addictions. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Tuesday that the agency was taking the “novel” action because of growing concerns that abuse of Imodium […]Related:Social egg freezing is a numbers game that many women don’t understandThis flu season is on track to be the worst in nearly a decadeHere’s what you should know about the flu season this year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Philadelphia's Safe Injection Site Plans Spark Questions
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city. They would be places where people could shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals who could administer an overdose antidote if necessary. But there are more questions than answers on how it would work and what it would look like, and if it could even legally get up and running. "We know from other centers that they save lives," Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in announcing the plans this week. "But it is complicated...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen De Groot, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Philadelphia's Safe Injection Site Plans Spark Questions
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city. They would be places where people could shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals who could administer an overdose antidote if necessary. But there are more questions than answers on how it would work and what it would look like, and if it could even legally get up and running. "We know from other centers that they save lives," Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in announcing the plans this week. "But it is complicated...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen De Groot, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Methadone treatment in prison improves behavior, post-release outcomes
New research from YSM finds that drug treatment in prison leads to fewer disciplinary actions, and decreases the likelihood of relapse after release. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 24, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Egypt:Myths and Methadone - Will Egypt's Laws Bend to the Rising Tide of Drug Abuse?
[Bhekisisa] The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country's opioid epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stigma continues to hamper response to opioid epidemic
(Oregon Health& Science University) Efforts to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic remain beset by the stigma associated with drug use, a group of OHSU researchers write in a year-end review. The researchers emphasize the need for the American health care system to embrace medications such as methadone to treat opioid use disorder, provide addiction treatment in primary care clinics and develop non-addictive alternatives for chronic pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tramadol: The powerful painkiller that is 'legal but addictive'
SOLD as a powerful painkiller, Tramadol is a “Class C” drug from the opiate group which includes heroin and methadone. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Buprenorphine Use, Methadone Dose Affect Neonatal Outcomes Buprenorphine Use, Methadone Dose Affect Neonatal Outcomes
Infants of mothers treated for opioid use disorder with buprenorphine show lower rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome compared to infants whose mothers are treated with methadone, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

U.S. Courts, Jails Could Be Key Players in Curbing Opioid Abuse
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 -- Just 5 percent of people referred for opioid addiction treatment by the U.S. criminal justice system receive the best treatment, a new study finds. Use of medications such as methadone and buprenorphine is considered the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Court-mandated Opioid Rehab Rarely Meets Medical Standards Court-mandated Opioid Rehab Rarely Meets Medical Standards
Fewer than one in 20 people with opioid addiction problems who are ordered into rehab programs by the courts receive methadone or buprenorphine, two drugs doctors consider the best treatment option, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

Court-mandated opioid rehab rarely meets medical standards
(Reuters Health) - Fewer than one in 20 people with opioid addiction problems who are ordered into rehab programs by the courts receive methadone or buprenorphine, two drugs doctors consider the best treatment option, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Investigators: Colorado vet died after getting painkillers
Investigators say a Colorado man suffering from chronic pain died two days after he obtained methadone with a prescription from a Veterans Affairs Department doctor, but the agency couldn't determine whether the drug contributed to his death (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Development and psychometric properties of a questionnaire to measure drug users' attitudes toward methadone maintenance treatment (DUAMMT) in Iran - Khazaee-Pool M, Arefi Z, Roshani D, Pashaei T, Ponnet K.
BACKGROUND: Assessing drug users' attitudes towards different kinds of addiction treatment is necessary to design tailored strategies. The aim of the present study is to develop and examine the psychometric properties of a new scale, called the DUAMMT, for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation among Chinese methadone-maintained patients: prevalence and correlates - Xu YM, Zhong BL, Chen WC, Zhu JH, Lu J.
This study determined the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese m... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions
(Reuters Health) - Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chautauqua hospital plans county's first outpatient methadone program
UPMC Chautauqua at WCA has filed plans with the state to add medication-assisted treatment at its clinic in downtown Dunkirk. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Chinese scientists 'erase' drug memories in heroin addicts
Scientists at Peking University in China have found an effective way to reduce cravings in heroin addicts by 'erasing' their memories of drug highs using memory manipulation and methadone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicaid coverage for methadone improves treatment for opioid use disorder in pregnancy
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are more likely to receive evidence-based treatment with an 'opioid agonist' -- usually methadone -- in states where those medications are covered by Medicaid, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news