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

Doctors, patients: Efforts to block opioid addiction are also blocking treatment

MILWAUKEE — Just walking up to a pharmacy window is enough to send Tina Kasten’s brain into overdrive. “You freak out,” Kasten said, using words like “anxiety” and “stress” to describe how she feels when she tries to pick up her prescription. Kasten, who lives in Manitowoc, takes Suboxone as part of her treatment for Read More

Opiate Withdrawal – What to Expect When You Are Detoxing

Being prepared for an uncomfortable opiate detox can significantly increase the chances of a full withdrawal The course of true sobriety rarely runs smooth. The first few steps towards de-addiction are the most difficult, and knowing what to expect will go a long way in helping the patient stay the course. Once the level of Read More