Mom Uses Selfie To Help Break Down Mental Health Stigma
When mom Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication on Facebook, she inspired a social media movement to help break down the taboo surrounding mental illness. On Sept. 2, Jones -- who blogs about being on the Autism spectrum and raising kids with special needs at Mutha Lovin' Autism -- shared this photo on her website's Facebook page, along with a message about seeking treatment.  "I have tried living this life without prescription help," she wrote in the caption. "It seems to have me on top of the world one minute and rocking in the corn...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Two Patients Have Unusual Overdose Symptoms
Medic 453 is dispatched for an unconscious female with a suspected narcotics overdose. In approximately four minutes, the EMTs reach a small, 1.5-story home and are met outside by two police officers. The officers enter the house and declare the scene to be secure and safe to enter. The EMTs find a 40–45-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. The patient’s boyfriend reports he found her about 15 minutes ago. The patient has a history of substance abuse—most recently heroin. The boyfriend claims she hasn’t been using heroin but is on Suboxone (buprenorphine ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 4, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brenton Faber, EMT B Tags: Case of the Month Patient Assessment Toxicology Special Topics Patient Care Source Type: news

Two Patients Have Unusual Overdose Symptoms
Medic 453 is dispatched for an unconscious female with a suspected narcotics overdose. In approximately four minutes, the EMTs reach a small, 1.5-story home and are met outside by two police officers. The officers enter the house and declare the scene to be secure and safe to enter. The EMTs find a 40–45-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. The patient’s boyfriend reports he found her about 15 minutes ago. The patient has a history of substance abuse—most recently heroin. The boyfriend claims she hasn’t been using heroin but is on Suboxone (buprenorphine ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - September 4, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brenton Faber, EMT B Tags: Case of the Month Patient Assessment Toxicology Special Topics Patient Care Source Type: news

Why Incarceration Is Not the Solution to the Opioid-Addiction Epidemic
By Aaron Fox, M.D., M.S. Finally, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that reducing prison sentences should be a priority, especially for nonviolent drug offenses. It's common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can't stop using drugs? They still don't belong in prison. Incarceration Undermines Recovery Incarceration is destabilizing and can set people back in their addiction recovery. In low-income communities, it leads to housing instability and unemployment, and strains the relationships with families necessary for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Incarceration Is Not the Solution to the Opioid-Addiction Epidemic
By Aaron Fox, M.D., M.S. Finally, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that reducing prison sentences should be a priority, especially for nonviolent drug offenses. It's common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can't stop using drugs? They still don't belong in prison. Incarceration Undermines Recovery Incarceration is destabilizing and can set people back in their addiction recovery. In low-income communities, it leads to housing instability and unemployment, and strains the relationships with families necessary f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds Now Pushing States Toward Medical Treatment For Heroin Addicts
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the federal agency responsible for most public funding of drug addiction treatment has added language to its grant applications designed to push the treatment industry away from the abstinence model. Treatment for substance abuse disorders in the United States widely follows this model, which rests on the belief that abstaining from all drugs, including medications prescribed specifically for addiction, is the only acceptable route to recovery. The new grant language from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration encourages states to reject the status quo and to re...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suboxone: What is it?
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What was the drug Dylann Roof had when arrested in February?
Opioid drug Suboxone, designed for addiction treatment, is becoming more common on the street (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways We Can Reduce Drug Overdoses
Fatal drug overdose has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., surpassing vehicle-related deaths in 36 states, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In a separate study, researchers found that drug overdoses in the United States tripled in the last 25 years. The two-fold tragedy of the epidemic in the United States is that overdose deaths are preventable, and they often start with good intentions: Both reports concluded that increasing abuse of prescription opioid painkillers are to blame for these staggering numbers. "Our health professionals' well-in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Starting Suboxone Therapy in the ED Benefits Opioid-Dependent Patients (FREE)
By Daniel J. Pallin, MD, MPH Opioid-dependent individuals visiting the emergency department are much more likely to participate in addiction treatment when buprenorphine/naloxone therapy is started during the visit, a JAMA study finds.Investigators randomized some 330 adult patients reporting opioid dependence to one of … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 28, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Zubsolv (Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 25, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Non-controlled and over-the-counter drugs of abuse
  2.5 out of 5 stars Abuse of Medications That Theoretically Are Without Abuse Potential. Reeves RR et al. South Med J 2015 Mar;108:151-157. Abstract This review of noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can be and have been abused for non-medical or recreational purposes is rather sketchy and anecdotal (as the authors admit,) but nevertheless contains some useful information. Classes of drugs discussed include: Cold & Cough products: pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, oxymetazoline, dextromethorphan Anticholinergics: diphenhydramine, benztropine, trihexyphenidyl (Artane) Antipsychotics: quetiap...
Source: The Poison Review - March 24, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cough/cold preparations dextromethorphan medication abuse otc over-the-counter Source Type: news

Science Be Damned: Americans Prefer Broken Method Of Heroin Treatment, Survey Finds
In developed countries around the globe, the standard of care for opiate addiction is what's known as "medically assisted treatment." Under a doctor's supervision, people with addictive disorders are prescribed medications like methadone, buprenorphine and Suboxone, which remove the cravings associated with opiate addiction. In the U.S., however, by far the most common form of treatment is based around the concept of strict abstinence. Advocates of the abstinence model consider the use of Suboxone or methadone to be tantamount to using heroin itself. Many in the medical establishment oppose the abstinence model...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Complete Care Medical Center Now Offering Same Week Appointments for...
One of the top outpatient Suboxone detox centers, Complete Care Medical Center, is now offering same week appointments with licensed specialists. The Center offers multiple licensed Suboxone doctors...(PRWeb December 28, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/suboxone-doctor/fort-lauderdale-fl/prweb12416438.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - December 29, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UC tests whether iPads can help curb drug abuse
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have begun studying whether iPads with facial recognition software can verify that patients are taking medications prescribed to combat drug abuse. The software from New York-based AiCure is designed to confirm that a patient ingested the right medication at the right time. The clinical study involving 140 patients focuses on Suboxone, a medication prescribed as maintenance therapy for opioid addiction, said Dr. Eugene Somoza of the Cincinnati Addiction… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 25, 2014 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

UC tests whether iPads can help curb drug abuse
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have begun studying whether iPads with facial recognition software can verify that patients are taking medications prescribed to combat drug abuse. The software from New York-based AiCure is designed to confirm that a patient ingested the right medication at the right time. The clinical study involving 140 patients focuses on Suboxone, a medication prescribed as maintenance therapy for opioid addiction, said Dr. Eugene Somoza of the Cincinnati Addiction… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - November 25, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Complete Care Medical Center Now Offering Outpatient Detox Treatment...
Complete Care Medical Center is now offering outpatient detox treatment with several Certified Suboxone Doctors in South Florida. The treatment is highly effective for those suffering from addiction...(PRWeb November 11, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/suboxone-doctors/south-florida/prweb12317157.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - November 11, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Generic Under - the - Tongue Suboxone
May only be prescribed by Drug Addiction Treatment Act - certified prescribers (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Emergency Medicine, Institutional, Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Treatment for Opioid Dependence
The sublingual buprenorphine and naloxone combo should be part of a complete treatment plan (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

Diffusion and diversion of suboxone: an exploration of illicit street opioid selling - Terry Furst R.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 9, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone intoxication in children - how strong is the risk? - Soyka M.
Opioid maintenance therapy with methadone or buprenorphine is an established and first-line treatment for opioid dependence. Risk of diversion and toxicity of opioid prescription drugs, including buprenorphine, causes significant concerns. This is particul... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Positive Results With Combo Tx for Opioid Dependence Positive Results With Combo Tx for Opioid Dependence
Orexo AB announced new topline results of 2 clinical trials with a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone for buprenorphine induction and plans to pursue approval of an expanded label in the US. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Bunavail (Buprenorphine and Naloxone Buccal Film) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 20, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Abuse and diversion of buprenorphine sublingual tablets and film - Lavonas EJ, Severtson SG, Martinez EM, Bucher-Bartelson B, Le Lait MC, Green JL, Murrelle LE, Cicero TJ, Kurtz SP, Rosenblum A, Surratt HL, Dart RC.
Buprenorphine abuse is common worldwide. Rates of abuse and diversion of three sublingual buprenorphine formulations (single ingredient tablets; naloxone combination tablets and film) were compared. Data were obtained from the Researched Abuse, Diversion, ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Millennium Treatment Group Now Prescribing Suboxone for Detox
Suboxone has become a popular medication to use in detox from alcohol and other opiate addictions.(PRWeb March 14, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11671625.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 15, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Barriers to primary care physicians prescribing of buprenorphine for opioid addiction
Buprenorphine-naloxone is a highly effective outpatient treatment for opioid addiction, yet few physicians offer it. Researchers in Washington State examine barriers to prescribing buprenorphine among physicians who have been trained in its use, and they find that a lack of mental health and psychosocial support, time constraints, and a lack of specialty, institutional and partner support were commonly cited barriers. Of the 78 physicians interviewed, only 22 (28 percent) reported prescribing buprenorphine, though almost all reported positive attitudes toward the treatment. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Tox on the Web: the resurgence of heroin abuse, and more
  The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman last week prompted a slew of articles about the related problems of prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction. In the Washington Post, Joel Achenbach points out that despite the recent spike in deaths from heroin overdose, recent data indicated that “[p]rescription opioids are killing Americans at more than five times the rate that heroin is.” Achenbach also notes that use of heroin is increasing as individuals addicted to opioid pain relievers turn to the cheaper and more available street drug.  CBCNews reported on a similar trend in Canada (clip ...
Source: The Poison Review - February 10, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical azodiacarbonamide buprenorphine butane oil cannabis dab giant hornet hash oil helium heroin overdose hyperthermia marijuana methadone naloxone opiate pain relievers oxycodone philip seymour hoffman serotonin syndr Source Type: news

Houston Pain Management Now Offering Outpatient Drug Rehab with a...
Houston Pain management is now offering outpatient drug rehab treatment with a licensed, Board Certified Suboxone provider. Suboxone has been a revolutionary treatment for drug addiction treatment,...(PRWeb January 15, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/drugrehabhouston/drugaddictiontreatment/prweb11482957.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 15, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'Messy Reality' of Buprenorphine Highlighted in Sunday Times (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex), once hailed as a "holy grail" in addiction medicine, "has become both medication and dope: a treatment with considerable successes and also failures, as well as a street and prison drug bedeviling local authorities," … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 18, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The Double-Edged Drug: At Clinics, Tumultuous Lives and Turbulent Care
The divided world of buprenorphine clinics serves as a crossroads where addicts’ tumultuous lives converge with a turbulent treatment environment.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DEBORAH SONTAG Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Sullivan, Carl R. III Suboxone (Drug) Harley-Davidson Inc HOG NYSE Buprenorphine (Drug) Therapy and Rehabilitation Clark, Allan W. Addiction (Psychology) Source Type: news

NY Times on the Dark Side of Buprenorphine
A very long article in the New York Times this morning examines both the benefits and considerable adverse consequences of using buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction. The piece points out that although many people have not heard of buprenorphine, its $1.55 billion in U.S. sales last year topped even the figures for Viagra. And with the Affordable Care Act set to expand treatment for drug addiction, problems with buprenorphine profiteering, diversion and overdose seem likely to get much worse. The availability of a sublingual dissolvable strip from of the drug has led to inventive ways of hiding and smuggling doses....
Source: The Poison Review - November 17, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical abuse buprenorphine diversion new york times overdose suboxone subutex zubsolv Source Type: news

The Double-Edged Drug: Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side
High hopes for buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, have been tempered by a messy reality: health complications and deaths, unscrupulous doctors and a reputation as a street drug.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DEBORAH SONTAG Tags: CVS Caremark Corporation CVS NYSE Suboxone (Drug) LinkedIn Corporation LNKD NYSE Walgreen Company WAG NYSE Addiction (Psychology) Source Type: news

The Double-Edged Drug: In Demand in Clinics and on the Street, ‘Bupe’ Can Be Savior or Menace
High hopes for buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, have been tempered by a messy reality: health complications and deaths, unscrupulous doctors and a reputation as a street drug.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DEBORAH SONTAG Tags: CVS Caremark Corporation CVS NYSE Suboxone (Drug) LinkedIn Corporation LNKD NYSE Walgreen Company WAG NYSE Addiction (Psychology) Source Type: news

Mind Meets Body: Developing a Psychology Internship in a Family Medicine Residency Program (Raymond Hornyak PhD)
Mind Meets Body: Creating a Primary Care Psychology Internship in a Family Medicine Residency Program Introduction: Multiple studies have identified the benefits of providing behavioral health services to primary care patients. Decreased length of stay, fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, less frequent office visits, fewer prescriptions, and improvement in health outcomes have been associated with the availability of a behavioral health professional as part of an integrative primary care network. Family physicians have found behavioral health colleagues a valuable resource in which to refer their "...
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - November 14, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Advertising Drugs to Addicts
A glut of information about prescription drugs makes it easy for addicts to get their fix from doctors. But worst of all, celebrities are now the pushers.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - October 22, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Anna B. David Tags: Addiction Media adderall ADHD big pharma Heath Ledger narcotic PPO Prescription prescription drugs suboxone vicodin Source Type: news

Parenteral buprenorphine-naloxone abuse is a major cause of fatal buprenorphine-related poisoning - Häkkinen M, Heikman P, Ojanperä I.
Buprenorphine (BPN) medication for opioid maintenance treatment in Finland consists predominantly of buprenorphine-naloxone (BNX). Both BPN and BNX are associated with diversion, abuse and non-medically supervised use worldwide. Our purpose was to estimate... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Zubsolv (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) - Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Dependence
Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) is a sublingual tablet indicated as maintenance treatment for people suffering from opioid dependence. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - July 30, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zubsolv (Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 18, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA OKs New Formula for Addiction Drug
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved a new sublingual tablet formulation of the opioid addiction drug buprenorphine-naloxone (Zubsolv), drugmaker Orexo U.S. announced. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Orexo starts patient dosing in Phase III study of opioid dependence drug
Sweden-based Orexo has commenced patient dosing in a Phase III study to evaluate Zubsolv, a sublingual formulation of buprenorphine and naloxone. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - June 18, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert Hudak
Southwest Pennsylvania National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual conference at the beginning of April, and one of their afternoon breakout workshop presenters was Dr. Robert Hudak, assistant professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. “Pathways to Hope: Shaping a Positive Future in Uncertain Times” was the conference topic; Dr. Hudak’s contribution was “Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks.” I communicated with Dr. Hudak recently, to clarify some questions, get his take on some extrapolations of anxiety and even to inquire ...
Source: Psych Central - May 13, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Lisa A. Miles Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Anti-anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders Dual Diagnosis General Medications Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Psychotherapy Substance Abuse Treatment Anxiety And Panic Attacks Breakout Workshops Source Type: news

Novel Opioid Dependence Pill Gets Patients' Thumbs-UpNovel Opioid Dependence Pill Gets Patients' Thumbs-Up
Compared with buprenorphine-naloxone sublingual film to treat opioid dependence, a sublingual menthol-flavored tablet has a preferred taste and comparable dissolve time. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Jennifer Serrentino, M.D. Recently Launches a Blog Post Discussing the...
Well known local psychiatrist, Jennifer Serrentino, M.D., recently discusses the Suboxone controversy on her blog.(PRWeb April 19, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Local-Port-Jefferson/Psychiatrist-Jennifer-Ser/prweb10636625.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - April 23, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

PMO Launches New Suboxone ® Medication AssistedTreatment Plus...
PMO Care announces implementation of Suboxone and Vivitrol Medication Assisted Treatment in conjunction with on-site counseling for...(PRWeb February 27, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10470251.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 27, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Permits Production Of Generic Heroin Drug Against Bid Of Reckitt
Two generic forms of Reckitt Benckiser's heroin addiction medication have been approved by U.S. regulators, rejecting the company's bid to prevent rival products based on their belief that stricter regulations were needed on packages to better protect children. Reckitt Benckiser, a British consumer health products company, makes a good portion of its earnings from Suboxone, a medication that has buprenorphine and helps people who are addicted to opiates deal with withdrawal symptoms when they quit... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals Source Type: news