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Drug Addiction and the Case for Medication-Assisted Treatment

Buprenorphine, an artificial opioid that has been available for more than a decade, has emerged as the not-so-secret weapon in the fight against opiate abuse. Those who prescribe buprenorphine have made “pioneering contributions to addiction treatment,” Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said during a U.S. Senate hearing two years

2018-03-15T08:38:23-08:00October 19th, 2016|

Labeled W-18, the synthetic opioid was the most powerful.

This new street drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and now it’s showing up in Canada and the U.S. It was first developed in a Canadian lab more than three decades ago, promising and potent — and intended to relieve pain in a less addictive way. Labeled W-18, the synthetic opioid was the most powerful in

2018-03-15T08:38:23-08:00October 4th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Rehabbing Our Ideas About Addiction

By DAVID M. CORDANI Cigna CEO David Cordani on treating substance-abuse disorder like every other medical disorder IN 1980, OUR ROADS WERE SEVEN TIMES DEADLIER than our drugs. But in 2008, drug overdoses surpassed car crashes to become the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S., killing almost 50,000 Americans in 2014, the

2018-03-15T08:38:23-08:00June 18th, 2016|Tags: , , |

One year later, Gloucester police have helped 450 addicts into treatment

One year after welcoming addicts into his police station to help them find treatment, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello has made some dramatic strides. Approximately 450 people have been placed into treatment without police soliciting any information through the Angel Initiative, which began June 1 last year. Then there are the 300 treatment centers in

2018-03-15T08:38:23-08:00June 3rd, 2016|