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
Do courts lack info about medication-assisted treatment as an option for defendants with opioid addiction?
Judges aren’t doctors, and they shouldn’t make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids, says Timothy Young, the public defender for Ohio. But some do, he adds, and whether a defendant can be on probation or in drug court while receiving medication-assisted treatment can differ by judge, including those in the Read More
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
FREEHOLD, N.J., Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –The nation spent $35 billion annually on addiction treatment, and had little to show for it, as the opioid epidemic ballooned over two decades claiming nearly 200 lives each day. “Although treatment availability expanded over the years, it was more of the same inpatient treatment, which largely failed because it was based on Read More