Change in alcohol and other drug use during five years of continuous opioid substitution treatment - Eastwood B, Strang J, Marsden J.
BACKGROUND: English national prospective, observational cohort study of patients continuously enrolled for five years in opioid substitution treatment (OST) with oral methadone and sublingual buprenorphine. This is a secondary outcome analysis of change in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance
(Wiley) Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study found that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.5 mg ml-1. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US Life Expectency Drops; Drug Overdoses & Suicide To Blame
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, according to three government reports released Thursday. Increasing deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides explain this slight downtick in life expectancy, the US Centers for Disease Control says. Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017, topping 70,000, while the suicide rate increased by 3.7%, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports. Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, called the trend tragic and troubling. “Life expectancy give...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Source Type: news

Focus on pros and cons of drug-based medicine
New RCGP exhibit on drugs in medicine Related items fromOnMedica Double check patients with ‘penicillin’ allergy to avoid MRSA risk Medics oppose plans to change script drugs to over the counter Make greater effort to protect children from methadone GPs defend practice on prescribing statins MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hope for non-toxic treatment for child cancer
Drug combination promising in treating neuroblastoma Related items fromOnMedica One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs Child cancer drug approved for NHS use Children need access to cancer drug ‘goldmine’ Higher heart risk for survivors of childhood cancer Make greater effort to protect children from methadone (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prenatal food insecurity associated with severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome
(Boston Medical Center) A new study shows that food insecurity in pregnant women being treated for opioid use disorder may be associated with increased risk for their infants receiving pharmacologic treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Published in Addiction, the Boston Medical Center study indicates that screening for food insecurity in pregnant women who are being treated with opioid agonist therapy (methadone or buprenorphine) for an opioid use disorder could be one way to decrease the severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome in their infants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Timing of methadone treatment for pregnant women does not increase health risks: study
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - October 31, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Long Stigmatized, Methadone Clinics Multiply in Some States
Discusses the use of and need for methadone clinics to provide treatment for some people struggling with opioid misuse disorder, comparing access to these clinics between states. Many states have made a concerted effort to improve access in rural and suburban areas in response to the opioid crisis, while other states remain skeptical. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The effect of educating the clients of rehab centers on the frequency of methadone poisoning among children: a study from Iran - Abdoli H, Sadeghi T, Kazemi M.
Background Poisoning with methadone is considered dangerous and fatal, which can lead to decreased consciousness, coma, apnea and eventually death. Aims The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of educating the clients of rehabilitation (reha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Clinic to start dispensing methadone
It ’s been two months since Catholic Health opened an addictions clinic in Amherst to expand access to counseling and treatment. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Doctor questions 'disgraceful' care provided by private, high-volume methadone clinics amid opioid crisis
As a northern Ontario city battles an opioid overdose death rate that's twice as high as the provincial average, there is rising concern about a treatment model dominated by for-profit methadone clinics. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Thunder Bay Source Type: news

Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Methadone or Morphine for NAS? Methadone or Morphine for NAS?
A study sets out to find which treatment is best for neonates exposed to opioids before birth.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016
Better understanding of the dynamics of the current U.S. overdose epidemic may aid in the development of more effective prevention and control strategies. We analyzed records of 599,255 deaths from 1979 through 2016 from the National Vital Statistics System in which accidental drug poisoning was identified as the main cause of death. By examining all available data on accidental poisoning deaths back to 1979 and showing that the overall 38-year curve is exponential, we provide evidence that the current wave of opioid overdose deaths (due to prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) may just be the latest manifestation of...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jalal, H., Buchanich, J. M., Roberts, M. S., Balmert, L. C., Zhang, K., Burke, D. S. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Asthma Med Labeling Error: Pharmacy Practice News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, methadone or buprenorphine underused to treat opioid disorder (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Highest Opioid-Related Mortality Seen in Construction Jobs
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 -- Proportional mortality ratios (PMRs) for heroin-related overdose deaths and methadone-related overdose deaths from 2007 to 2012 were highest among construction workers, according to research published in the Aug. 24... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Many 'Recovery Houses' Won't Let Residents Use Medicine To Quit Opioids
Evidence shows the drugs methadone and buprenorphine can help people recover from opioid use disorder by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. So why do many sobriety facilities ban their use?(Image credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nina Feldman Source Type: news

Wide variation across the nation in treatment for opioid abuse and dependence
(FAIR Health) Whether treatment for opioid abuse and dependence most commonly emphasized methadone administration, naltrexone injection, group psychotherapy or another procedure in 2017 depended on the state or region where the patient received care, according to a new white paper and state-by-state infographics from FAIR Health. Which procedures made up the largest share of total expenditures for opioid abuse and dependence also varied by region and state. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80
Since 1970, when he established a major treatment program in New York, Dr. Newman emerged as a global expert on opioid addiction. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Newman, Robert G Methadone Deaths (Obituaries) Addiction (Psychology) Beth Israel Medical Center New York City Source Type: news

Medications for alcohol and opioid use disorders and risk of suicidal behavior, accidental overdoses, and crime - Molero Y, Zetterqvist J, Binswanger IA, Hellner C, Larsson H, Fazel S.
OBJECTIVE: The authors examined associations between medications for alcohol and opioid use disorders (acamprosate, naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine) and suicidal behavior, accidental overdoses, and crime. METHOD: In this total population c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methadone Programs for Ex-Criminals Tied to Fewer Premature Deaths Methadone Programs for Ex-Criminals Tied to Fewer Premature Deaths
Opioid addicts with criminal histories may be less likely to die of overdoses or other causes during periods when they're in methadone treatment programs, a Canadian study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Chance of fatal overdose triples when offenders don't take methadone, B.C. study says
Chances of continuing treatment with the drug could have increased dramatically with support for issues like mental illness, housing and employment, a researcher says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Methadone programs for ex-criminals tied to fewer premature deaths
(Reuters Health) - Opioid addicts with criminal histories may be less likely to die of overdoses or other causes during periods when they're in methadone treatment programs, a Canadian study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Methadone Lowers HIV Transmission in Injection-Drug Usersn Methadone Lowers HIV Transmission in Injection-Drug Usersn
Medication-assisted addiction treatment plays an important role in HIV care, and a new study demonstrating this is being heralded as an inventive solution to address more than one problem at once.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Methadone Lowers HIV Transmission in Injection-Drug Users Methadone Lowers HIV Transmission in Injection-Drug Users
Medication-assisted addiction treatment plays an important role in HIV care, and a new study demonstrating this is being heralded as an inventive solution to address more than one problem at once.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Methadone linked to lower death rates among convicted offenders with opioid dependence
(PLOS) Among convicted offenders, receiving methadone is associated with lower rates of death from external and non-external causes, according to new research published this week in PLOS Medicine by Angela Russolillo of Simon Fraser University, Canada, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aurobindo in last lap to buy Mallinckrodt ’s US generics business
Mallinckrodt has the world ’s most diverse line of bulk medicinal controlled substances including fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine-based drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Non-suicidal self-injury in Chinese heroin-dependent patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment: prevalence and associated factors - Zhong BL, Xu YM, Zhu JH, Liu XJ.
This study determined the prevalence of NSSI and its methods in HDPs unde... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Potential location of Dunkirk addictions' facility receives pushback
Hispanics United of Buffalo is working on a plan to expand its addictions treatment program in Dunkirk with a new methadone clinic. According to the Dunkirk Observer, HUB is working to acquire a building on East Third Street from The Resource Center, where it plans to house behavioral health services and drug treatment services. The 6,500-square-foot site has been used in the past for recovery services and currently houses a prevention program operated by Chautauqua Alcohol& Substance Abuse Council. Though… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Potential location of Dunkirk addictions' facility receives pushback
Hispanics United of Buffalo is working on a plan to expand its addictions treatment program in Dunkirk with a new methadone clinic. According to the Dunkirk Observer, HUB is working to acquire a building on East Third Street from The Resource Center, where it plans to house behavioral health services and drug treatment services. The 6,500-square-foot site has been used in the past for recovery services and currently houses a prevention program operated by Chautauqua Alcohol& Substance Abuse Council. Though… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Treatment for Opioid Abuse Grows, but Many on Medicaid Don't Receive It
MONDAY, July 2, 2018 -- Approval of the drug buprenorphine led to a rise in the number of Medicaid patients getting medication to treat opioid addiction. But the rates were lower among poor, black and Hispanic patients, a new study says. Methadone... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

After Opioid Overdose, Only 30% Get Medicine to Treat Addiction After Opioid Overdose, Only 30% Get Medicine to Treat Addiction
Patients revived from an opioid overdose who get methadone or Suboxone treatment for addiction afterward are much more likely to be alive a year later, says a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Methadone Reduces NAS Treatment Time, Length of Stay
(MedPage Today) -- But effects on infant development remain uncertain (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
NIH research confirms effective treatments for opioid use disorder are underutilized. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was co-funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, both parts of NIH. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
Courtesy of NIDA A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research, published today in the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Overdose, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Pain Medication, Opioids, Heroin Source Type: news

Opioid addiction drugs severely underutilized, study finds
A study finds that despite the ability of medication-assisted treatment drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to save the lives of people who've overdosed on opioids, they continue to be underutilized. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There ’s a Better Way
As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother who is addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat those infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal from the drugs. “Despite the fact that we have seen increases in NAS in recent years, there is still significant uncertainty about who to treat, when to treat and what agents to use,” says Dr. Jonathan Davis, vice chair of pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center. “And then there are questions about how fast to increase the dose, and how fast to take the babi...
Source: TIME: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Meds Can Cut Deaths From Opioid Abuse, But Too Few Get Them
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 -- Buprenorphine and methadone can cut the chances that someone who survives an opioid overdose will succumb to yet another one, but too few patients get the treatments, a new study shows. " We have two drugs that are... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine decrease mortality after nonfatal overdose
(Boston Medical Center) new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction on opioid overdose survivors indicates that two FDA approved medications to treat opioid use disorder save lives, but only three out of 10 overdose survivors receive them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Methadone and Buprenorphine —When to Use, What to Know
New Half-Day Workshop at the PAINWeek 2018 Pain Conference Will Explore Two Lesser-Known Analgesics(PRWeb June 07, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/06/prweb15539230.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Methadone Hydrochloride Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - May 31, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology 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: 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

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