For Those Who Are Serious About Increasing Access to MAT for Opioid Use Disorder…

By Jeffrey A. Singer The synthetic opioid methadone, developed in Germany in the 1930s for the treatment of severe pain, has been employed for the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of heroin addiction and opioid use disorder since the 1960s. In the US, methadone clinics are tightly regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse Read More

Preventing opioid misuse and addiction: New thinking and the latest evidence

Drug policy often comprises efforts to reduce the supply of drugs, to provide health and social services to addicted individuals, and to prevent the development of addiction in the first place. The last of these efforts—prevention—is the subject of this paper. The scientific literature on drug policy offers some insights on the relative effectiveness and Read More

Don’t Skip Opiates for ‘Air Hunger’ From COVID-19 Ventilation

Easing the traumatic “air hunger” created by mechanical ventilation settings for COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may take more than just sedation or paralytics, one group argued. Lung protective ventilation, with low tidal volumes and permissive hypercapnia, is a recipe for “the most uncomfortable form of dyspnea,” Richard Schwartzstein, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Read More

FINDING HOPE: Treating drug addiction for Treasure Valley veterans

BOISE, Idaho — This Veterans Day, it’s important to remember many veterans who return home after service are left with physical and mental injuries in need of treatment. For some, that eventually leads to drug addiction. At the Boise VA, the staff offers a multi-faceted approach to address addiction while treating the veteran as a whole. “I Read More