It's official. The new laws will allow a state resident to obtain a prescription for naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan, to immediately reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, whether due to heroin or a prescription drug such as Vicodin or OxyContin. It also requires emergency medical technicians to carry it on … Continue reading Michigan increases access to naloxone
OD Awareness and both/and approaches
Yesterday was International Overdose Awareness Day. Where do we stand? Last year, the CDC reported on a 5 fold increase in female opioid overdose deaths over a 10 year period. Heroin use may not be as prevelant as the media suggests, but the number of users is up by 53% over 10 years. Overall overdose rates are … Continue reading OD Awareness and both/and approaches
Addiction research funding focused on “abstinence only”?
DJ Mac picks up on a story that also caught my eye and catches a line moaning about research bias in favor of abstinence-based programs. He pulled this quote. The gorilla in the room around this question turns out to be the ideology of the decision makers. “There are ideological constraints tied to what gets … Continue reading Addiction research funding focused on “abstinence only”?
Dead addicts don’t recover, but…
This has gotten a lot of press. There's naloxone distribution doubt this will reduce overdose deaths. However, some pretty important questions remain: What happens after the overdose? What services/interventions might have prevented the overdose in the first place? The article references placing defibrillators in public places. What happens after someone is saved by one of those defibrillators? … Continue reading Dead addicts don’t recover, but…
Establishing residence in hell
Saving lives is good an important, but something about this feels like building an addition on a house in hell. Naloxone is a medication administered usually by injection which rapidly reverses the effects of opiate-type drugs such as heroin, including the respiratory depression which can cause what are normally referred to as 'overdose' deaths. ... The … Continue reading Establishing residence in hell
The best we can do?
“If you want to treat an illness that has no easy cure, first of all, treat them with hope.”—George Vaillant This is so heartbreaking. Communities should distribute naloxone to inmates as they leave prison? Really? I've grown so weary of the trite responses like, "You can't recover if you are dead." Of course it's true, … Continue reading The best we can do?