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FDA Approves Indivior’s Monthly Injection to Treat Opioid Addiction
STAT News reports that the FDA has approved a new form of a the widely used treatment medication buprenorphine. The new form, Sublocade, is injected monthly instead of taken daily as a tablet. Experts say the new version of the drug may help patients reduce relapses, may disrupt the treatment market, and possibly address concerns about buprenorphine’s potential for abuse. A similar injectible buprenophine product made by Braeburn is expected to be approved by FDA early next year. (Nov. 30, 2017)
- New Opioid Treatment Program in Roseburg
ADAPT’s Opioid Treatment Program began in Roseburg in March 2017 and currently has 110 patients. (November 16, 2017)
- Multnomah Co. Tracking Opioid Overdoses in Real Time to Get Handle on the Problem
County officials tell FOX 12 they’re now tracking opioid overdoses in real time to get a better handle on the problem. (November 14, 2017)
- Meieran: “I’ve Seen People…Dead After an Opioid Overdose”
Sharon Meieran, a Multnomah County Commissioner and an emergency doctor, talks about both the policy and medical sides of the opioid epidemic. (October 27, 2017)
- Dentists Take a Bite Out of the Opioid Epidemic
Pain pill prescriptions plunge 50 percent in two years at Multnomah County dental clinics. (October 3, 2017)
- Brown’s Opioid Task Force Meets ‘to Prevent Future Tragedies’
After signing House Bill 3440, which provides better access to naloxone, Gov. Brown holds the first meeting of the Opioid Task Force. (September 19, 2017)
- Survey: Nearly Half of Americans have a Family Member or Close Friend Who’s been Addicted to Drugs
A Pew survey of US adults conducted in August 2017 found that 46% meet the criteria.
- NPR: Stories about Opioids
NPR reports the latest news about opioids in audio and article formats.
- FDA Warns about Kratom
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom. One individual overdosed on kratom and died in 2016.
- CDC Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year
Deaths by drug overdose in the United States surged last year by more than 17 percent over 2015, another sign of the growing addiction crisis caused by opioids, according to a report from the CDC.
- Opinion: Let’s Open Up About Addiction and Recovery
This New York Times editorial discusses the pros and cons of speaking out about your alcohol and drug abuse history.
- Final Recommendations of the White House Opioid Commission
View the entire report issued on Nov. 1, 2017 by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
- Meet 60 Minutes’ DEA Whistle Blower
A high-ranking whistle blower from the DEA explains how the drug industry—and Congress—fueled an epidemic.
- PBS Newshour: America Addicted
This fascinating feature details opioid’s addictive impact on the brain, the ramifications on society, and the history of opioid addiction itself.