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Many Addiction Centers Lack Anti-Opioid Meds: Study

Posted 22 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 – Although the U.S. opioid epidemic dates back more than a decade, only 6 percent of treatment centers in 2016 offered the three medications approved to treat opioid addiction, new research reveals. And only about a third offered even one of the three recommended drugs, the study found. "The country is dealing with an opioid overdose death epidemic," said study lead author...

Meds Can Cut Deaths From Opioid Abuse, But Too Few Get Them

Posted 18 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – Buprenorphine and methadone can cut the chances that someone who survives an opioid overdose will succumb to yet another one, but too few patients get the treatments, a new study shows. "We have two drugs that are lifesaving for people who have had an overdose," said lead researcher Dr. Marc Larochelle, a general internist and researcher at Boston Medical Center's Grayken...

Top Meds To Treat Opioid Addiction Equally Safe, Effective

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds. With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis, researchers conducted a head-to-head trial of two leading addiction treatments – naltrexone (Vivitrol) and buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). "The newer drug, naltrexone, was as effective in...

Drug OD Rate Now Higher in Rural U.S. Than Cities: CDC

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Drug overdose death rates in rural areas of the United States are now higher than in cities, a trend that worries federal health officials. In 2015, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States – with 52,000 fatalities attributed to opioid painkillers, heroin and other potentially deadly drugs, researchers said in a new report. U.S....

Opioid Abuse Jumps 6-Fold for U.S. Youth, Too Few Get Treated: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – The rate of opioid addiction among Americans age 25 and under rose nearly sixfold from 2001 to 2014. But few young addicts get medical treatment that might prevent overdose or relapse, a new study finds. Only about 27 percent of youths treated for addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin receive either buprenorphine or naltrexone, two recommended anti-addiction...

5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The...

FDA Approves Contrave (bupropion/naltrexone) for Weight Management

Posted 12 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

September 10, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27...

FDA Approves Vivitrol to Treat Opioid-dependent Patients

Posted 13 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 12, 2010--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vivitrol to treat and prevent relapse after patients with opioid dependence have undergone detoxification treatment. Vivitrol is an extended-release formulation of naltrexone administered by intramuscular injection once a month. Naltrexone works to block opioid receptors in the brain. It blocks the effects of...

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