The Opioid Crisis: Policy Solutions That Could Make an Impact

Just two decades ago, a little more than 8,000 deaths in the U.S. could be traced to overdose by opioids. By 2017, the number had exploded, with 47,600 deaths involving prescription or illicit opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — meaning the opioid crisis has overtaken deaths related to firearms, motor-vehicle Read More

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

Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities

(StatePoint) As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers. While opioid-related overdose remains a top concern, the epidemic is now driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug-related overdoses, according to the Read More

A miracle drug for opioid addiction?

If you’ve been struggling with opioid addiction or have a family member mired in addiction, chances are you’ve heard of Suboxone. Maybe you’ve heard it’s a “miracle drug,” allowing folks with opioid use disorder (OUD) to kick heroin or pills for good, without suffering the unbearable withdrawal that drives addiction. Or maybe you’ve heard Suboxone Read More