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

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

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