COVID-19 Response as of 3/12/2020

CENTER FOR ADDICTIVE PROBLEMS/CAP OF DOWNERS GROVE/ CAP OF MAINE COVID-19 RESPONSE AS OF 03/12/2020 Info about COVID-19: Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The virus is thought to spread mainly …
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‘Gray death’ is the latest opioid street mix causing worry

‘Gray death’ is the latest opioid street mix causing worry By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio — May 4, 2017, 4:00 PM ET It’s being called “gray death” — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the street mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky …
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Ways I Stay Sober Without AA

Ways I Stay Sober Without AA By Beth Leipholtz 04/12/17 There are many ways to recover from alcoholism without 12-step programs. Here’s how it’s worked for me. Four years ago, I got sober through an outpatient treatment program. The rehabilitation facility I went to followed the 12-step format and stressed the importance of AA meetings and a sponsor. In a way, I owe my sobriety to this form of treatment. I’m so grateful for it. For the first year or …
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Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers

Note from CAP – Security of medication is so important, especially with children in the home! Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers By DONNA DE LA CRUZOCT. 31, 2016 The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported. The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database, a national database of pediatric …
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New York Times Opinion Article – Serving All Your Heroin Needs

Serving All Your Heroin Needs By SAM QUINONES APRIL 17, 2015 FATAL heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities. If these deaths …
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There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? Dying To Be Free There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? By Jason Cherkis January 28, 2015 The last image we have of Patrick Cagey is of his first moments as a free man. He has just walked out of a 30-day drug treatment center in Georgetown, Kentucky, dressed in gym clothes and carrying a Nike duffel bag. The moment reminds his father of Patrick’s graduation from college, and he takes a …
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Make sure you’re picking the right treatment for your addiction

Effective Addiction Treatment By JANE E. BRODY Countless people addicted to drugs, alcohol or both have managed to get clean and stay clean with the help of organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous or the thousands of residential and outpatient clinics devoted to treating addiction. But if you have failed one or more times to achieve lasting sobriety after rehab, perhaps after spending tens of thousands of dollars, you’re not alone. And chances are, it’s not your fault. Of the 23.5 million …
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Multimedia – The Partnership at Medication-Assisted Treatment

Two doctors, Dr. Edwin A. Salsitz, Medical Director, Office-Based Opioid Therapy at Beth Israel Medical Center and Dr. Josh Hersh, Suboxone Certified Physician, Staff Psychiatrist at Miami University Student Counseling Service give an overview of Medication-Assisted Treatment including Buprenorphine (Suboxone), Naltrexone and Methadone. The Partnership at

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Bi-Partisan Support Grows In Congress for Overhauling U.S. Drug Laws

Attorney General Eric Holder questions the effectiveness of the war on drugs. Could this be the beginning of major drug policy reform? Attorney General Eric Holder Issues Major Sentencing Changes, Begins to Question War on Drugs   SAN FRANCISCO-In a speech to the American Bar Association today Attorney General Eric Holder announced major federal sentencing changes, including dropping the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in certain drug cases, expediting the release of certain nonviolent elderly prisoners, leaving more offenses to …
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Treatment of co-occurring disorders: Medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction in opioid treatment programs

When patients with heroin and opioid addiction also have co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses, failure to identify and treat them as early as possible interferes with recovery. If you or a loved one is prescribed methadone or buprenorphine for help with their addiction and suspect that treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD or other psychiatric conditions might be of benefit, request assistance from the treatment provider.  If that fails, obtaining it independently might be necessary. Research publications by Dr. Marc Shinderman, a past …
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