Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side (Nov 16, 2014)

For Shawn Schneider, a carpenter and rock musician, the descent into addiction began one Wisconsin winter with a fall from a rooftop construction site onto the frozen ground below.

Parity Expansion: Whats the impact? (Nov 01, 2013)

New rules will require insurance companies to comply with the law in one of two ways: cover mental health or substance abuse treatment benefits at the same level as physical problems, or face tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

Covered California expands MAT access (Oct 23, 2013)

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) recently notified Covered California that it must change the state’s benchmark benefit plan, the Kaiser Small Group Plan, beginning January 1, 2014, to include methadone as a SUD/MAT benefit to all subscribers.

The Kaiser Small Group Plan as originally adopted by Covered California as its benchmark plan for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (federal health care reform) limits methadone use only for pregnant women and for women up to two months post-partum.

Painkiller addictions worst drug epidemic in US history (Aug 30, 2013)

Fatal overdoses have reached epidemic levels, exceeding those from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the CDC

Heroin Addiction - CBS Sunday News Story (Aug 04, 2013)

(CBS News) No parent wants to believe his or her child could be hooked on heroin, so it's always a shocking discovery. It happens every day and sometimes in places where you'd least expect it. Our colleagues at "48 Hours" have spent the past few months investigating heroin addiction in a town in Illinois. Our Cover Story is reported by Maureen Maher of "48 Hours"

Painkiller addicts hit Medicaid limits (Jul 16, 2013)

patients face severe limitations on the amount and duration of medicines they take to fight their addictions to pain pills. And the consequences of those policies by Medicaid and private insurers are at least as dire as they would be for those with other serious ailments if they were denied proven treatments

U.S. Women Painkiller Deaths Up 400 Percent (Jul 03, 2013)

Women in the United States are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at an alarming rate, with five times more deaths in 2010 than 1999

Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women (Jul 02, 2013)

Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers

An Outstanding CARF Survey (Apr 12, 2013)

At Aegis Corporate, we are very proud of the results for the CARF surveys of last week. We were very impressed with the comments of the CARF surveyors, and in particular, with the closing statement made by the lead surveyor. She stated that Aegis is “by far, in the 17 years that I have been serving, one of the very best organizations providing methadone replacement services in and outside of this country.”

I want to express our appreciation to you and your staff members for the excellent work that you have done, as well as thank the patients who participated in the surveys. In addition, we would like to thank Pete, Arron, Becky, Mike, Ron and Ben for the onsite support, oversight and coordination of the preparations. Although there is a lot of room for improvement, it is important to note that these last 3 rounds of CARF Surveys have been the very best reviews we have ever received over the last 15 years!. View CARF comments.

Clamping down on prescription painkiller abuse (Feb 08, 2013)

The Food and Drug Administration has called the abuse of prescription painkillers a "major public health challenge." On Friday, the FDA wrapped up a hearing on the drugs including oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet. These painkillers do their job well -- but come with a big risk

Drug and alcohol problems in US rose by 70% over past decade: study (Oct 23, 2012)

The number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by doctors in the US has increased 70 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to new research.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston blamed a rise in the abuse of painkillers.
According to Reuters, lead author Dr. Joseph W. Frank said: "We know that increases in prescription drug use are a big part of what's going on nationally. I also think — in our study — the availability of effective treatment is a big part of it as well and likely drawing people into care."

Substance abuse diagnoses increasing in US (Oct 23, 2012)

Possibly driven by a surge in painkiller abuse, the number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by U.S. doctors increased by 70 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to new research.

Powerful painkiller's use reviewed as abuse soars (Oct 19, 2012)

Ambulance Victoria may stop using the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, amid an independent audit into its drug-handling procedures and concerns about growing community misuse of the drug.

Two paramedics have been accused of stealing the opioid analgesic from ambulance stations and substituting it with water.

Painkiller abuse by kids way up (Oct 18, 2012)

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of prescription painkiller abuse among American youth is 40 percent higher than in previous generations, and it is now the second most common type of illegal drug use after marijuana, according to a new study.

The current generation's abuse of prescription pain medications such as vicodin, valium and oxycontin is "higher than any generation ever measured," study author Richard Miech, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver, said in a university news release.

Painkiller addiction becoming an epidemic in US (Oct 17, 2012)

Washington: Adolescents’ abuse of prescription painkillers (analgesics) like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations, is turning into an epidemic in the US, says a study.

“Prescription drug use is the next big epidemic,” said Richard Miech, professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Denver, who led the study.

Painkiller Abuse by Kids Way Up, Study Finds (Oct 17, 2012)

he rate of prescription painkiller abuse among American youth is 40 percent higher than in previous generations, and it is now the second most common type of illegal drug use after marijuana, according to a new study

Heroin, painkiller abuse do not discriminate, L.A. drug summit participants told (Oct 09, 2012)

October 9, 2012 at 4:42 p.m., updated October 9, 2012 at 6:20 p.m
The news that families and communities who never thought heroin could touch them are battling the drug and other opioids comes as no surprise to R. Gil Kerlikowske, the nation's drug czar.

"It's every economic class. It's every racial and ethnic class," Kerlikowske said Tuesday when asked about Simi Valley and other Ventura County communities entrenched in a fight against a class of opium-derived drugs that range from heroin to prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

Painkiller addiction can change brain chemistry (Oct 05, 2012)

What does it mean to be an addict? We hear the word a lot — and for many, it may conjure an image of a person who simply chooses to abuse drugs. The image may be of a criminal, someone who lives with a reckless disregard for society who will do anything to get their next fix. But with the rise of prescription painkiller abuse nationwide in the United States and in New Mexico, addicts can be anyone from your teenage son or daughter to the person sitting in the office next to you.

Rising painkiller addiction shows damage from drugmakers’ role in shaping medical opinion (Sep 20, 2012)

Over much of the past decade, the official word on OxyContin was that it rarely posed problems of addiction for patients. Those reassuring claims, which became part of a scientific consensus, have been quietly dropped or called into question in recent years, as many in the medical profession rediscovered the destructive power of opiates.

Young Painkiller Addicts Switch to Heroin, and Overdose Rates Rise (Aug 12, 2012)

As the street price of pain pills like OxyContin has soared, some teens and young adults are turning to heroin for a cheaper high. Addiction specialists say this trend is leading to a growing number of overdoses in wealthier areas of California, including Orange County.

Hidden America: Nearly Half of Newborns at Tennessee Hospital Are Drug-Dependent (Jul 11, 2012)

Other newborn babies shake and scream as nurses rush to administer care around the clock. Nearly half of the infants in the hospital's NICU are suffering from opiate withdrawal -- most from prescription painkillers.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Surged in U.S., Study Finds (Jan 25, 2012)

Taking prescription painkillers without a medical need increased 75 percent from 2002 to 2010, and most users were men, according to the first study to look at who is likely to abuse the drugs and how often it occurs.

Adjunctive Counseling During Brief and Extended Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment for Prescription Opioid Dependence (Dec 01, 2011)

To evaluate the efficacy of brief and extended buprenorphine hydrochloride–naloxone hydrochloride treatment, with different counseling intensities, for patients dependent on prescription opioids.

Painkiller abuse treated by sustained buprenorphine/naloxone (Nov 09, 2011)

People addicted to prescription painkillers reduce their opioid abuse when given sustained treatment with the medication buprenorphine plus naloxone (Suboxone), according to research published in yesterday’s Archives of General Psychiatry and conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, which was the first randomized large scale clinical trial using a medication for the treatment of prescription opioid abuse, also showed that the addition of intensive opioid dependence counseling provided no added benefit.

Deaths From Painkiller Overdose on the Rise, Says CDC (Nov 01, 2011)

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 40 Americans die per day -- about 15,000 per year -- from overdoses of painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin, eclipsing the number of deaths caused by heroin and cocaine combined.

Newly Born, and Withdrawing From Painkillers (Apr 09, 2011)

The mother got the call in the middle of the night: her 3-day-old baby was going through opiate withdrawal in a hospital here and had to start taking methadone, a drug best known for treating heroin addiction, to ease his suffering.

Over-the-counter painkillers can cause addiction in three days (Sep 03, 2009)

Popular painkillers taken by millions of people can cause addiction in just three days, the Government’s drug watchdog has warned. The drugs, which contain codeine and include brand names such as Nurofen Plus and Solpadeine Plus, are sold over the counter and are routinely used to ease headaches, back problems and period pain.

Painkiller Addiction: Rough Road To Recovery (May 12, 2009)

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs in the United States behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine.

Bipolar Teens at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse (May 05, 2008)

Teens with bipolar disorder are at greater risk of smoking and substance abuse, says a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study that supports previous research.

A Familiar Fiend: Painkiller Addiction (Jan 04, 2008)

After years of reoccurring kidney stones and regular surgeries, Jared Hess became addicted to painkillers. After a monthlong stay in the hospital and being prescribed the powerful painkiller Oxycontin, Hess continued to use the drug against his doctors' orders, surreptitiously obtaining pills.