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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

OPEN ACCESS REFERENCES: Fall ‘17
Conclusions: Nearly 1 out of 8 parents presenting to an urban pediatric ED reported using the Internet in the 24 hours prior to the ED visit. Among privately insured, at least one in 5 parents reported using the Internet prior to visiting the ED. Web-based medical information often influences decision making regarding ED utilization. Pediatric providers should provide parents with recommendations for high-quality sources of health information available on the Internet. (Interact J Med Res 2017;6(2):e17) doi:10.2196/ijmr.5075 Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ Prescription Drug Monitoring Report 2017 . Wale, et al, Int...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

Deaths involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and U-47700 - 10 states, July-December 2016 - O'Donnell JK, Halpin J, Mattson CL, Goldberger BA, Gladden RM.
Preliminary estimates of U.S. drug overdose deaths exceeded 60,000 in 2016 and were partially driven by a fivefold increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone), from 3,105 in 2013 to approximately 20,000 in 2016 (1,2). Illi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Navigating Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Navigating Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Methadone can save the lives of patients with opioid use disorder, but it can also destroy those lives, so how do prescribers determine the proper candidates?Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Emergency Three-Day Administration of Opioid Agonist Under 21 CFR 1306.07
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 11/02/2017 This two-page document provides guidance for practitioners who have neither registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) nor obtained a waiver, and want to perform "emergency administration of narcotics...to relieve acute withdrawal symptoms while treatment arrangements are being made (i.e., the three-day rule)." Registration with DEA or a DATA 2000 waiver is not required when narcotic drugs are used incidentally to medical or surgical treatment for conditions other than addiction (e.g., an opioid-dependent patient who is admitted to a...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Deaths Involving Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs, and U-47700 - 10 States, July-December 2016
Preliminary estimates of U.S. drug overdose deaths exceeded 60,000 in 2016 and were partially driven by a fivefold increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone), from 3,105 in 2013 to approximately 20,000 in 2016. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. to promote use of opioid alternatives to treat addiction
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to encourage opioid addicts to use less harmful opioid drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine, a radical shift in policy that could agitate those in the addiction field who believe abstinence is the only effective treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Addressing Boston's 'Methadone Mile' and Other Drug Havens
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning. Farther down the road, a man injects heroin into another man's hand beside a gas station convenience store. "It's hard to be out here and not be high, you know," said Jamie Allison, a 36-year-old woman with telltale black needle marks on her arms, shrugging as she took in the milieu from her curbside perch. "You need something just to get th...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Addressing Boston's 'Methadone Mile' and Other Drug Havens
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning. Farther down the road, a man injects heroin into another man's hand beside a gas station convenience store. "It's hard to be out here and not be high, you know," said Jamie Allison, a 36-year-old woman with telltale black needle marks on her arms, shrugging as she took in the milieu from her curbside perch. "You need something just to get th...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Addressing Boston's 'Methadone Mile' and Other Drug Havens
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning. Farther down the road, a man injects heroin into another man's hand beside a gas station convenience store. "It's hard to be out here and not be high, you know," said Jamie Allison, a 36-year-old woman with telltale black needle marks on her arms, shrugging as she took in the milieu from her curbside perch. "You need something just to get th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Cleaning up 'Methadone Mile' and other drug havens
Cities are wrestling with chronically drug-infested areas that have expanded during the heroin crisis, including Boston's 'Methadone Mile' (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

When does methadone treatment reduce arrest and severity of arrest charges? An analysis of arrest records - Schwartz RP, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, Gryczynski J, O'Grady KE, Jaffe JH.
This is an analysis of the odds of arrest, severity of charges, and factors predicting these outcomes in the year after methadone treatment entry using arrest records of patients (N=289) participating in two opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Baltimore, M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Using nominal group technique among clinical providers to identify barriers and prioritize solutions to scaling up opioid agonist therapies in Ukraine - Madden L, Bojko MJ, Farnum S, Mazhnaya A, Fomenko T, Marcus R, Barry D, Ivanchuk I, Kolomiets V, Filippovych S, Dvoryak S, Altice FL.
BACKGROUND: Opioid agonist therapies (OAT) like methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment remain markedly under-scaled in Ukraine despite adequate funding. Clinicians and administrators were assembled as part of an implementation science strategy t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FDA: Don't Withhold Methadone, Buprenorphine in Patients Taking CNS Depressants (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Medication treatment for opioid addiction (e.g., " medication-assisted treatment " with methadone and buprenorphine) shouldn't be withheld from patients who take benzodiazepines … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA urges caution about withholding opioid addiction medications from patients taking benzodiazepines or CNS depressants: careful medication management can reduce risks
Based on our additional review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that the opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS). The combined use of these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects; however, the harm caused by untreated opioid addiction usually outweighs these risks. Careful medication management by health care professionals can reduce these risks. We are requiring this information to be added to the buprenorphine and methadone drug labels along with detai...
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news