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New England Opioid Strike Force (NEPO) Announces First Criminal Case

The New England Opioid Strike Force, aka NEPO, assembled to combat the proliferation of opioid pills in the region, has announced its first arrest. The criminal case involves the illegal distribution of narcotics. Prosecutors say Dr. Merideth C. Norris illegally prescribed opioids without any legitimate medical purpose. The Case Against Dr. Norris Dr. Norris, who

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Nitazines: Deadlier Than Fentanyl, Increasingly Common

A new class of drugs has been discovered in autopsies of overdose victims and frequently in drug busts across the United States. The group of medicines called nitazenes is a unique group of synthetic opioids derived from 2-benzylbenzimidazole.   Nitazines were once legally used in other countries over seventy years ago, but they have never

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FDA Bans Juul Sales In The United States

Last week, the FDA ruled that Juul, the primary maker of smokeless tobacco products worldwide, cannot sell or market their product in the United States anymore. The ban comes after years of back and forth between regulators and the company. Juul has been heavily invested in by Altria, the primary manufacturer of cigarettes and other

2022-06-29T00:04:08+00:00Tags: , , , , , |
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MAT For Alcohol Use Disorder Reduces Liver Disease Harm

Medication-Assisted Treatment, also known as MAT, is considered the gold standard for opioid use disorder treatment. Less known is that effective and safe medication is available for Alcohol Use Disorder. The research followed three medications for AUD: acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. All patients observed in the study were using these drugs, which showed it lowered

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Army Sued For How They Discharge People With Substance Use Disorder

A lawsuit against the US Army alleges the military refuses to give people with substance use disorders honorable discharges. The result is the loss of federal benefits that would help them get treatment for physical and mental health issues. The lawsuit, filed last Thursday, seeks to help people with substance use disorder recover vital benefits

2022-04-30T01:00:53+00:00Tags: , , , , , , , |
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Using Therapeutic Digital Gaming and VR For Addiction

Many people learned new technologies on computers and cell phones during the pandemic. However, Zoom and other video sessions became indispensable for people in recovery, people with mental health disorders, and treatment professionals. Now, researchers want to take things a step further. They are currently working on creating therapeutic digital games and virtual reality simulations

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Select Kansas Jails Offering MAT

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), considered the “gold standard” for opioid use disorder treatment by the FDA, is still limited in its availability. In Sedgewick County, the Wichita Jail recently described the erecting of a treatment center within the jail as a no-brainer. They join Crawford County, another Kansas jail, in allowing addiction treatment in their facility.

2022-02-17T01:07:50+00:00Tags: , , , , , |
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3 of 4 Addicted People Recover

Research analyzed by David Eddie, Phd. and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, shows that three out of four addicted persons recover. While there is still an epidemic of opioid addiction in the US, people are highly likely to seek treatment or recovery. Some are even able to

2022-01-21T22:58:14+00:00Tags: , , , |
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