opioid addiction

Trump Includes Death Penalty for Drug Dealers in Plan to Fight Opioid Crisis

President Trump this week announced new plans to fight the opioid crisis, including a proposal to seek the death penalty for drug dealers, NBC Newsreports. The plans also include launching a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid use, as well as other drug…

Text Messaging Program Could Increase Adherence to Buprenorphine Treatment

Researchers are testing whether a text messaging system can increase patient adherence to buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction. “We use text messaging in our society for so many things, but for something as critical as opioid treatment, we really didn’t have any text messaging system to support patients,” said lead…

Failed osteoarthritis drug could help treat opioid addiction

A new study from Indiana University suggests that a drug proven safe for use in people may prevent opioid tolerance and physical dependence when used in combination with opioid-based pain medications. Researchers in the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at IU Bloomington have discovered that a compound…

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Now Eligible to Prescribe Buprenorphine

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants will now be eligible to prescribe and dispense the opioid addiction treatment buprenorphine from their office, Reutersreports. The Drug Enforcement Administration said the change will make it easier for residents of underserved areas to receive treatment for opioid addiction. The new rule is a result of the Comprehensive Addiction…

Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Opioid Addiction Treatment: Pharmacology of Medications Used The choice of medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is based on safety and efficacy, patient preferences, and treatment goals.  This CE course examines the pharmacology and clinical applications of the principal medications used to treat opioid addiction in opioid…