opioids

Gloucester, Mass. Will Provide Treatment, Not Jail, for Those Surrendering Illegal Drugs

The Police Chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts has announced the town will provide treatment for people who come to the police station with illegal drugs and paraphernalia, instead of arresting them. Police Chief Leonard Campanello posted on Facebook, “We will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery. We will…

Study Finds 75% Rise in Heroin Use in Whites Who Abuse Prescription Opioids

A new study finds heroin use among people who abuse prescription opioids has risen, particularly among whites. From 2008 to 2011, the study found a 75 percent increase in heroin use among whites who abuse painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin, HealthDay reports. Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School…

Giving Addicted Patients Buprenorphine in the ER Works Better Than Referrals: Study

Giving buprenorphine to patients addicted to opioids who are treated in the emergency room is more effective than simply providing them with a referral, a new study finds. Patients given buprenorphine were less likely to need in-patient treatment at a residential facility, HealthDay reports. Buprenorphine helps control drug cravings and…

Tennessee Governor Unveils Plan to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam this week announced a plan designed to stop prescription drug abuse in the state, WCYB reports. More than 200,000 people in Tennessee have used prescription opioids in the past year for non-medical purposes, according to the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. About 69,000…

Heroin Users Are Older, Whiter, More Suburban Than in the Past: Study

Heroin users are much more likely to be older, whiter and suburban compared with 50 years ago, a new study concludes. They are almost evenly split between men and women, The Washington Post reports. Fifty years ago, 83 percent of those seeking treatment for heroin use were men. In 2010, three-quarters…