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Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths

Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths  – Psychology Today – by Stanton Peele Ph.D. – Jan 2018

  1.  Drug Overdose

Tom Petty died from, according to the New York Times headline (link is external), an “Accidental Drug Overdose.”

Here’s the coroner’s list of the drugs found in Petty’s system:

  1. fentanyl,
  2. oxycodone,
  3. temazepam,
  4. alprazolam,
  5. citalopram,
  6. acetyl fentanyl and
  7. despropionyl fentanyl. 

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Hyperalgesia in Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment

Pain Tolerance in Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment – by Brandon May – April 13, 2018

Here’s an article showing the potential danger of this treatment, which results from buprenorphine binding more tightly to opioid receptors. Therefore it blocks more effective opioids while not relieving pain as well itself.

The actual study detailed in this article has a more bluntly honest title: Buprenorphine maintenance subjects are hyperalgesic and have no antinociceptive [pain relief] response to a very high morphine dose .

And from Wikipedia: “People on high-dose buprenorphine therapy may be unaffected by even large doses of opioids for episodes of acute pain. It is also difficult to achieve acute opioid analgesia in persons using buprenorphine for opioid replacement therapy.”    Continue reading

Is Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal Effective?

Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal– May 2, 2018 – NPR – by Jake Harper

The financial sharks are attracted to the “opioid crisis” (we are merely chum in the waters), seeing in it an opportunity to make huge profits.

Becuase there is no real science involved in determining who needs addiction-treatment, they can sell anything that seems to be even a little bit effective.

To the untrained, the evidence looks promising for a new medical device to ease opioid withdrawal. A small study shows that people feel better when the device, an electronic nerve stimulator called the Bridge, is placed behind their ear.   Continue reading

Epidemic of Unethical Addiction Treatment Providers

Fraud’s Newest Hot Spot: The Opioid Epidemic And The Corresponding Rise Of Unethical Addiction Treatment Providers – April 2018 – by Anuradha Rao-Patel, Michael Adelberg,  Samantha Arsenault,  Andrew Kessler

For decades, bad actors have followed the money through a string of sophisticated scamspower wheelchairs, home health, ambulance and medical transport, and counterfeit medicines.

SUD treatment was a $9 billion per year industry in 1986 and is now a $35 billion industry that is expected to reach $42 billion in 2020.

Now, the burgeoning opioid crisis is a hot spot for health care fraud.   Continue reading

You can escape addiction on your own

Government Says You Can’t Overcome Addiction, Contrary to What Government Research Shows – Stanton Peele | February 1, 2014

Nadine remembered the first lecture she and her fellow residents heard in rehab: “You all have been born with a genetic disposition to be alcoholics, from which you can never fully recover,” announced the official-looking man at the front of the room

The idea of biological determination of alcoholism and addiction is a given in American culture, inside of treatment and out.

The truth is, the vast majority of people quit addictions on their own. Every population study (that is, research with people not in treatment) tells us this.   Continue reading

Involuntary treatment for substance use disorder

Involuntary treatment for substance use disorder: A misguided response to the opioid crisis – Harvard Health Business Blog – Jan 2018 –  By: Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Contributor, Elisabeth L. Ryan, JD, MPH, Contributor and Wendy E. Parmet, JD, Contributor

Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker introduced “An Act Relative to Combatting Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention” (CARE Act) as part of a larger legislative package to tackle the state’s opioid crisis.

The proposal would expand on the state’s existing involuntary commitment law, building on an already deeply-troubled system. Baker’s proposal is part of a misguided national trend to use involuntary commitment or other coercive treatment mechanisms to address the country’s opioid crisis. 

This is the next logical step in the politicians’ efforts to stop the “opioid crisis” by brute force.  Continue reading

Shoddy care & turmoil found inside Recovery Centers

Shoddy care, turmoil found inside Recovery Centers of America facilities By David Armstrong — STAT @DavidArmstrongX and Evan Allen — Boston Globe – August 25, 2017

Driven by financial avarice and greed, unregulated “addiction recovery” businesses have attracted Wall Street financing because they are so simple to set up and so lucrative.

The actual duties of helping people “recover” from opioid addiction are left to low-paid workers whose main qualification is often that they are addicted to opioids themselves, but “recovering”.

In what other business that claims to treat a medical condition would such a lack of professionalism be tolerated?

Especially when it is part of the response to a “national emergency” of opioid deaths?  Continue reading

What Science Says About Opioid Addiction

What Science Says To Do If Your Loved One Has An Opioid Addiction | FiveThirtyEight – by Maia Szalavitz

This is a well-referenced article providing an overview of the latest scientific understanding of opioid addiction – and the data show that pain patients are NOT likely to be addicted to their opioid medication.

Much of the advice given by treatment groups and programs ignores what the data say in a similar way that anti-vaccination or climate skeptic websites ignore science

The addictions field is neither adequately regulated nor effectively overseen

“There’s nothing professional about it,
and it’s not evidence-based,”
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Sober Houses Profit From Patient Relapses

Haven for Recovering Addicts Now Profits From Their Relapses – The New York Times – By LIZETTE ALVAREZ – JUNE 20, 2017

Thwarting Recovery [Sober houses in Delray Beach, Florida]

When several inpatient treatment centers, drawn by low taxes and warm weather, opened their doors here to addicts more than 35 years ago, it seemed a godsend to substance abusers.

Soon, other centers, mostly legitimate, followed. Recovering addicts lived together after treatment in supervised apartments or single-family homes.

The residences were known as sober homes, where addicts could recover far from temptations and drug-abusing friends back home.   Continue reading

Addict brokers profit from desperate patients

Addict brokers profit as desperate patients are ‘treated like paychecks’ – By DAVID ARMSTRONG and EVAN ALLEN — BOSTON GLOBE – MAY 28, 2017

Days after he relapsed on heroin last summer, Patrick Graney received an offer that was too good to turn down.

How would he like to get treatment in a beach town with a hipster vibe in South Florida — with all expenses paid, including airfare from his Massachusetts home?

Graney didn’t have to think long. He was on a flight south the next day. Two months later he was dead.   Continue reading