Zac Talbott

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New Definition of Addiction: A Chronic Brain Disease

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recently released a new definition of addiction.1 In this podcast, Dr Michael Miller discusses the …

How America Is Making Painkiller Addiction Even Worse

Then, however, his pain spun out of control. He developed a craving for higher and higher doses and began misusing his medication. At that time, Willenbring started him on methadone, a synthetic opioid that offered another few years of effective pain relief.<p>"He went from one hour a day up and …

Drug Addiction

The Problem With Treating Pain in America

Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, and between 5 to 8 million use opioids for long-term pain management. Data shows the number …

Why You've Never Heard of the Vaccine for Heroin Addiction

Every week, the chemist Kim Janda at the Scripps Research Institute gets at least one email—from an heroin addict or a person who loves a heroin …

What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

It's a tradition as old as New Year's: making resolutions. We will not smoke, or sojourn with the bucket of mint chocolate chip. In fact, we will resist sweets generally, including the bowl of M&M's that our co-worker has helpfully positioned on the aisle corner of his desk. There will be exercise, …

Psychology

Court Sides With Mom Who Gave Birth While on Methadone

New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that a woman can't be considered to have abused and neglected her child because the infant was born with …

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

At the Chicago Department of Public Health, many of the diseases we seek to fend off are as inevitable as natural disasters, but the prescription drug epidemic -- consisting largely of the abuse of narcotic prescription pain medications known as opioids -- is not. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking …

B.C. methadone program saves lives and money, report says

The provincial methadone program for treating addictions to heroin, morphine and oxycodone saves both lives and money, says a new report from British Columbia's medical health officer.<p>Dr. Perry Kendall's report, released Thursday, states the mortality rate for people in opioid substitution …

Impact of Methadone on Brain Cell Development

Since 1999, there has been a dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths and addiction to opioid drugs, including both prescription opioid pain …

Methadone treatment is the gold standard for pregnant opiate users. So why are we punishing these women?

A mother in New Jersey underwent a doctor-prescribed drug treatment, then ended up on the child abuse registry<p>Tennessee is the first state in the country with a law explicitly criminalizing women for their pregnancy outcomes. While other states have used child protection laws to arrest and …

Methadone’s Unredeemed Promise

Donate Subscribe<p>Share Tweet Print Email<p>I suspect readers of a certain age–maybe in their twenties and thirties–don’t know much about methadone, the …

Methadone

Happy Birthday, Methadone!

Official drug advisers reject time limit on methadone substitution for addicts

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says time limits advocated by Iain Duncan Smith would lead to high rates of relapse<p>The government’s expert drug advisers have rejected moves to impose a blanket time limit on prescribing methadone substitution treatment to Britain’s 150,000 heroin addicts.<p>The …

DA: 9 nabbed in takedown of heroin pipeline

A heroin pipeline that stretched from Mexico to Long Island has been busted after an 18-month investigation that started with undercover street buys, …

Crime

Heroin overdoses surge across the state

Heroin and other opiate overdoses are spiking across Massachusetts, with an alarming 58 suspected deaths so far this month, the same number reported …

Drug Addiction

Doctors reluctant to use heroin addiction medication

Even though it is famous for the “Minnesota Model” of treating addictions through abstinence and support, Minnesota has been slow, some doctors say, …

Drug Addiction

Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel Now Dominates US Heroin Market

Mexican drug cartels are no strangers to heroin smuggling, although they have historically lagged behind other countries and organizations in …

Latin America

White heroin drug warning from Shaun Brotherston's girlfriend

By Elaine Doran and Daniel Rosney <i>Newsbeat reporters</i><p><b>The girlfriend of Shaun Brotherston - who died after taking white heroin in Amsterdam - is warning others about the dangers of drugs.</b><p>Speaking exclusively to Newsbeat Amy Totterdell says: "You think it's not going to happen...but it does".<p>Shaun and …

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