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A Promising New Drug to Treat Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is described as a “silent killer” estimated to have infected three to four million people in America and 150 million worldwide. This staggering number is three to five times greater than those infected with H.I.V. It’s called the silent killer because most people who are infected with the disease don’t know it since it can take many decades for it to show symptoms of silently destroying the liver. Many drugs have been created to kill the Hepatitis C …
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10 Methadone Facts

Where does methadone come from? Methadone was created by chemists in Germany in WWII. Its intention was to take the place of the scarcely available morphine to work as a painkiller. It was offered as a pain medication for surgical and cancer patients in the U.S. in 1947. It was known as Dolophine at the time. In 1950, it was first used for short-term use to minimize withdrawal symptoms by addicts of heroin and morphine. How is it different than …
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Tighter Regulation of Painkillers

As of January 2013, the FDA is pushing to reschedule hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II and this month plan to submit its formal recommendation package to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. The FDA is confident that the National Institute on Drug Abuse will stand alongside them on this recommendation, which will in turn help the HHS submit its recommendation to the DEA to make the ultimate decision on rescheduling …
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Methadone Maintenance Treatment – FAQ’s

How does a patient get increases or decreases in their dosage? After intake, the nurse will assess the patient for two weeks to determine if increases or decreases are needed and then will get the order from the MD signed on what is best course of action. Nurse/patient interaction continues daily to see how the patient feels. The methadone dosage should last 24 hours and be stable with no signs of cravings or withdrawals. Patients will not be given an …
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Better Access to Methadone Treatment Needed to Reduce Overdose Deaths

Opioid overdose deaths are on the rise. So much in fact that it is now the second-leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., behind motor-vehicle accidents. Shocking? Yes. Can something be done to change this? Absolutely, but the treatment being used now, detoxification, is not working. More access is needed to methadone treatment to drastically reduce overall deaths caused by overdosing on opioids. The Medical News reported in their August 2013 issue that experts were calling for an increased …
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Highlight on Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS)

We’re bringing attention to a project that has been instrumental in fighting for respectful, science-based, and effective treatment for addiction to heroin and other opiates – The Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS) program.  Since 2005, MARS (a peer-initiated and peer-based recovery support project) has worked to inspire the transformation of medication-assisted treatment into medication-assisted recovery. The project was initiated by a group of methadone maintenance patients, as well as other individuals who play an essential role in the field of …
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Military Insurance Expands to Cover Methadone Maintenance

Last month, the U.S. Department of Defense ruled the authorization of Tricare (the U.S. Military’s insurance program) to cover drug maintenance programs. This important ruling will allow the military’s active duty members, veterans, and their families to participate in methadone maintenance programs, which have shown to greatly improve the likeliness that an individual will fully recover from drug addiction. Often, military members return from service with both physical ailments as well as psychological issues that must be addressed with prescription …
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Using Injectable Narcan or Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose

Narcan, also known as the generic drug Naloxone, is an antidote to opiates like heroin and prescription pain medications like codeine, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Methadone, and Vicodin. When an individual overdoses on an opiate, his or her breathing will begin to slow down and can even stop, making it nearly impossible for an observer to wake them. Narcan is an injectable prescription medication that can work to reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of the opioids. However, it’s important to …
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Methadone Awareness Test: How much do you know about methadone?

A number of misconceptions surrounding methadone maintenance treatment exist, both among patients as well as practitioners.  Here we’ll discuss seven of the most commonly mistaken beliefs regarding the use of  methadone to treat opioid addiction. 1.  True or False: By using the methadone maintenance method to treat opioid dependence, aren’t I just trading one addiction for another? False.  Prescription methadone is given to patients as a maintenance therapy, as it works to normalize their systems as opposed to working as …
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Methadone Maintenance vs. Detox for Treatment of Opioid Addiction

When making the decision to end the addiction to opioids like heroin, oxycontin, vicodin, and other prescription drugs, the individual must consider a variety of options and select the option best suited for him or her. Currently, the two main treatment options are: Maintenance of the addiction through methadone or other prescription drugs such as buprenorphine Abstinence treatment which entails quitting opioids cold turkey Contrary to wishful thinking and what most people who have not read the scientific research believe, abstinence …
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