Long-Acting and Daily Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction Found Equally Effective

Published 11-19-2017

A new study finds a long-acting medication and a short-term drug that must be taken daily are equally effective in treating opioid addiction. Researchers at NYU Langone Health found extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) was as safe and effective as more commonly prescribed buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone) in curtailing opioid use, relapse, treatment drop-out, and overdose. The study, which was sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was published in The Lancet. The study is the first major head-to-head comparison of the treatments, according to The Washington Post. Researchers found each treatment had disadvantages. Short-acting medicines must be taken daily for years or even a lifetime...

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In Ontario, Individuals with Alcoholic Liver Disease Will Not Have to Wait Six Months for Liver Tran…

Published 11-06-2017

Ethical principles stand behind healthcare providers who withhold medical treatments that are “futile or pointless.” But withholding treatment can be controversial. For example, the family of a gravely ill patient might not agree with professionals that an unproven treatment is futile. Even when scientific evidence in favor of a treatment accumulates, medical practitioners can be slow to embrace it. In Ontario, Canada, Debra Selkirk combined scientific reports with her powerful personal story, seeking to overturn the rule that individuals with advanced alcoholic liver disease must demonstrate six months of abstinence from alcohol to be eligible for a liver transplant. Debra shares her account...

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SPOTLIGHT: Jamestown, NY Affiliate’s Opioid Prevention Program

Published 10-31-2017

  Recently, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced distribution of $25 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in New York State. The Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) in Jamestown, NY was one of the award recipients and will receive $100,000 to provide evidence-based prevention programs to underserved, hard-to-reach youth, and other at-risk populations in the City of Dunkirk. CASAC has established a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and the Salvation Army’s After School Programs. Youth and adults will have the opportunity to engage in the “Too Good” evidence-based after school program. This...

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Camden County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Inc - Voorhees, NJ -Affiliate of the Month- Nove…

  CCCADA seeks to: PREVENT the disease of alcoholism, drug abuse and related problems EDUCATE the public that alcoholism, drug abuse and related problems are treatable and preventable ENCOURAGE early identification, intervention, treatment and continuum of care for alcoholism, drug abuse and related problemsVisit CCCADA website Visit CCCADA websiteSearch for other NCADD Affiliates  

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