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Report shows sharp decline in number of opioid prescriptions filled in US

The overall number of opioid prescriptions filled by mail and retail-order pharmacies has seen an average decline of 8.9 percent across the U.S., according to reports related by a health data firm. The new report by the IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science showed the biggest drop of 12 percent in total doses of prescription […]

Lofexidine, first non-opioid medication, gets FDA backing for treating opioid withdrawal
03-30-18 Category: Drug Addiction Treatment

As part of the nation’s ongoing war against opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee has voted in favor (11 to 1) of approving LUCEMYRA (lofexidine) for managing opioid withdrawal symptoms. The committee has backed the approval to help individuals dependent on opioids get relief from acute withdrawal symptoms […]

Implementation of behavioral principles increases effectiveness of contingency management therapy
02-07-18 Category: Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction Treatment

Contingency management therapy, a path-breaking treatment used for substance use disorders (SUDs), is based on the finding that healthy habits can be developed by rewarding or reinforcing such behaviors. The commonly used reinforcement methods include tangible incentives like vouchers, prizes, free housing and direct payments that assist in developing target behaviors in patients, such as […]

12-05-17 Category: Drug Addiction Treatment, Drug Rehab

More than 100 drug addiction treatment rehabs and providers across California have sent a signed letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, drawing his attention toward the ambiguous practices of health insurance giant Centene, according to the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition (ATAC). The addiction treatment facilities want to alert Schneiderman about the dangerous outcomes […]


As part of the ongoing federal war on drug, Attorney General Jeff Sessions inaugurated a Department of Justice pilot program in Ohio, one of the states hit hard by the opioid epidemic, on Aug. 3, 2017. The program will focus on investigating the opioid-related scams and frauds in the health care industry across the United […]


In September 2016, baseball players, coaches, members of the Cuban-American community and aficionados of the game mourned the death of the 24-year-old Cuban right-handed pitching ace, Jose Fernandez, who was killed when the boat he was in, crashed into a jetty and capsized off the coast of Miami’s South Beach. The other two unfortunate victims […]


“Hey there! Fancy a hit of the great Smoochy Woochy Poochy?” whispers a menacing-looking street drug dealer, stepping over used needles in a dingy alleyway. “Or maybe a bit of Purple Rain or some Scooby Snacks,” he says, while attempting to allure passersby. As the sun sets in one of the most notorious neighborhoods of […]

05-22-17 Category: Addiction, Drug Addiction Treatment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that the impact of the opioid crisis cuts across barriers of age, gender, ethnicity, geography and socioeconomic status, claiming 78 victims every day due to an overdose. Today, fatal overdoses exceed deaths by shooting rampages and incidents of road rage across the country. According to […]

Humboldt County model of tracking cannabis may be replicated statewide
03-16-17 Category: Addiction, Drug Addiction Treatment

The pilot track-and-trace program launched by California’s Humboldt County to monitor the medical cannabis market ended in February 2017. During the nearly seven-month period of rigorous testing on a micro-scale in partnership with the Swiss company SICPA, the program tracked around 1,800 pounds of marijuana in the county. It was started in August 2016. In […]

Anti-inflammatory drug could help treat alcoholism

Ibudilast is an anti-inflammatory drug used in Japan to treat asthma. In a study at UCLA, researchers found that after taking the drug for six days, study subjects showed a significant decrease in cravings for alcohol. Study criteria The 17 men and seven women involved in the study regularly drank alcohol at least three weeks […]

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