US Health Officials’ New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

The plan is comprised of two main parts: funding for projects that will help develop or facilitate treatments for opioid addiction and overdose, and funding for programs meant to improve the management of pain via research into how acute pain becomes chronic pain (with the hope that someday we can stop that from happening), as well as the development of new, nonaddictive pain treatments.

…For instance, though there are three approved drugs to help people wean off opioids (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone), Collins and the others note that most people living with opioid addiction never actually get started on these treatments, and of those who do, 50 percent relapse within half a year.

“Research to reformulate these medications to improve adherence, as well as to develop new, more flexible therapies, is needed to help those who have opioid use disorder,” the authors wrote.

US Health Officials’ New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

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Medical Marijuana May Be Slowing Opioid Epidemic : Shots – Health News : NPR

Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday.

The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs.

…Many people end up abusing opioid drugs such as oxycodone and heroin after starting off with a legitimate prescription for pain. The authors argue that people who avoid that first prescription are less likely to end up as part of the opioid epidemic.

…They estimate that these dispensary programs reduced the number of opioid prescriptions by 3.7 million daily doses. States that allowed homegrown marijuana for medical use saw an estimated 1.8 million fewer pills dispensed per day. To put that in perspective, from 2010 to 2015 Medicare recipients received an average of 23 million daily doses of opioids, the researchers say.

…The authors write that laws that permit both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana for adults “have the potential to reduce opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees, a segment of population with disproportionately high risk for chronic pain, opioid use disorder and opioid overdose.”

Medical Marijuana May Be Slowing Opioid Epidemic : Shots – Health News : NPR

No shit, Dick Tracy?

Software to identify potential opioid abusers

…Uses multiple demographic and clinical variables that are automatically identified and retrieved from the patient’s electronic medical records or other sources. The algorithm then …create(s) a quantified …risk profile for each patient based on reference data gleaned from tens of millions of patients who have previously been treated with opioids. …Then calculates each patient’s risk score and predicted probability of experiencing OIRD during the next six months.

Venebio – How Venebio Opioid Advisor Works

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New recovery center set to open at former Boscawen jail

The Merrimack County delegation voted in the summer of 2016 to spend a total of $6.8 million to transform the jail into a transitional center.

…The finished facility will house minimum-security inmates and provide both inpatient treatment and housing for work release. Multiple classrooms, a visitation area, segregated living quarters and a small dining hall make up the space that will be used by up to 34 men and 34 women at one time.

Monday through Friday, participants attend classes that teach them about substance abuse recovery, trauma recovery, cognitive therapy and fundamental life skills.

New recovery center set to open at former Boscawen jail

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With no state funding, Hope for N.H. Recovery announces it’s closing 4 of 5 resource centers 

In the past, any progress [Stephanie Barry] made in drug rehabilitation facilities was quickly undone when she returned to the real world and found herself re-immersed in the social circles that had fueled her addiction in the first place.

…Now, Barry comes during her lunch break from work to go to meetings and volunteer. She said part of staying sober for her is more than just getting clean – it’s creating a new life and social identity.

Through Hope for N.H. Recovery, she’s been able to find peer supports who helped her craft her resume when she was looking for a job and helped her find affordable housing when she needed to find a place to live.

With no state funding, Hope for N.H. Recovery announces it’s closing 4 of 5 resource centers 

Sigh….