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Addiction and quality of life

  David Best recently wrote a piece on addiction and quality of life. On the role of community in recovery: At the heart of the recovery movement is a shift of emphasis away from “treatment” as a model reliant on … Continue reading

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Quality of life and death

A study out of Australia looks at death rates among opioid addicts receiving opioid substitution treatment (OST, for short. It’s methadone.) in New South Wales between 1985-2005. It’s a HUGE sample–43,789 people. If fact, the paper says: This cohort is … Continue reading

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“I would have welcomed the help, and it would have changed my life.”

A new Reuters story on newborns affected by the opioid epidemic highlights the inadequate treatment provided to addicted pregnant women. In America, a baby is born dependent on opioids every 19 minutes. But doctors aren’t alerting social services to thousands … Continue reading

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“a life beyond imagination, but it was fleeting”

So sad. Thoughts from someone who went to treatment with a British heiress who recently died of addiction. They both stayed sober for more than 10 years and both relapsed. (Warning: I don’t like the writer’s use of the ‘r’ … Continue reading

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Cash only

Outside of very rural areas, I’ve often scratched my head when advocates express concern about access to buprenorphine. I mean, there are a lot of prescribers in most areas. I had a conversation yesterday that prompted a google search that … Continue reading

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Study of Long-acting buprenorphine published–17% respond

A new JAMA study concludes, “Long-acting buprenorphine depot formulations appear to be efficacious for treatment of opioid use disorder.” Keep reading. They compared the effectiveness of sublingual (oral) and long-acting injections of buprenorphine to see if the long-acting injections are … Continue reading

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What would things look like if we believed they could recover?

Over the last week, there have been two noteworthy stories on supervised injection sites. NYC planning supervised injection sites The first story was in the New York Times and reported on NYC considering supervised injection sites and looking to Toronto … Continue reading

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Blue Care Network of Michigan tests new opioid treatment with 2 mental health facilities

Why is BCN launching these pilots? “Cost is one factor. We also look at quality of life. Our goal is to help people stay well,” said Beecroft, a psychiatrist, geriatrician and substance abuse specialist. “We have looked at return on … Continue reading

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Effects of MAT on functional outcomes

Recovery from opioid addiction is also more than remission, with remission defined as the sustained cessation or deceleration of opioid and other drug use/problems to a subclinical level—no longer meeting diagnostic criteria for opioid dependence or another substance use disorder. Remission … Continue reading

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Three noteworthy medication assisted treatment (MAT) studies

There have been a few noteworthy medication assisted treatment (MAT) studies published recently. Two studies evaluated the comparative effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) versus buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). Anticipation of these studies has been heightened by questions about Vivitrol’s effectiveness and marketing. … Continue reading

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