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

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

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