F.D.A. to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addicts

Sunday, February 25, 2018

In an effort to encourage new treatments for opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The change is part of a wider effort to expand access to so-called medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. The agency
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Opioid Epidemic Cannot Be Fought Through War on Drugs

Friday, February 16, 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a piece for The Oberlin Review about the opioid epidemic, specifically in Ohio, and what could be done about it. Since then, there has been no significant reduction in opioid-related deaths in the state or in the nation. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio’s drug overdose rate increased to 39 percent from
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Facing up to Trafficking

Friday, February 9, 2018

In 2017, law enforcement in Ohio investigated more cases of human trafficking than in any year since the state has been keeping track. The 202 such cases statewide tracked by the state attorney general’s Human Trafficking Commission represent a 50 percent increase just from 2016. The report showed that some who were trafficked were used for forced
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Portman's crusade to save lives

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Near the end of last month, Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) chaired a Senate hearing on his bombshell report on how deadly fentanyl is being shipped through the United States Postal Service into this country, with few obstacles. During the hearing, the senator asked a simple question: “How many more people have to die before we keep this poison out of
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Why some US cities are opening safe spaces for injecting heroin

Thursday, January 25, 2018

American cities are slowly rallying around a new response to the opioid epidemic: safe spaces for using heroin. The concept recently gained traction in Philadelphia, where officials announced this week that they intend to open such a space, known as a supervised drug consumption facility or safe injection site. These are places where people can use drugs
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Four pain management programs curbing the opioid epidemic

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From State-led programs to innovative pharmacist-hospital partnerships, these programs are fighting to quell the epidemic. 1. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Opioid Safety Initiative The VA system credentials pharmacists to prescribe medications, including opioids and substance abuse treatment medications. For the last two decades, VA has adapted
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