Prelim studies show cholinesterase inhibitors can help treat opioid addiction

Prelim studies show cholinesterase inhibitors can help treat opioid addiction

Alzheimer’s is a continuing nerve related disease which gradually worsens over time. The nervous system, especially the neurons in the brain of an individual, degenerate over time in this disease and the most common symptom is memory loss. Galantamine, a cholinesterase inhibitor, is one of the most promising drugs used for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders including Alzheimer’s. Read more

Addiction treatment more accessible to white patients, says study

Addiction treatment more accessible to white patients, says study

Buprenorphine is a crucial part of any addiction treatment in the United States. However, experts feel that it is not uniformly prescribed to patients visiting a doctor’s clinic for addiction treatment. To explore this belief further, researchers from the University of Michigan recently conducted a study to find out how often patients belonging to different races and backgrounds were prescribed Buprenorphine during their visit to the doctor’s clinic. Buprenorphine is currently the most favored drug for opioid addiction treatment in the U.S. Read more

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

In the wake of an increasing number of people being incarcerated for opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail has initiated a program to give free Vivitrol treatment to the inmates at the time of their release. Grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the program aims at helping the inmates kick their addiction and lead a sober life once they leave the prison.

The risk of overdose and drug-related death usually increases once an individual addicted to substances is released from prison. It is primarily because individuals using opioids experience a decrease in tolerance level when out of the captivity. Hence, while it is essential to offer a recovery treatment during their imprisonment, it is also important to provide them with equivalent facilities after their release so that they continue being sober. Read more

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family’s role crucial in rescuing patients during opioid overdoses

Family is the biggest support system for any individual, binding the loved ones in an inseparable bond, dealing with tough times, amplifying happy times, and offering love and care when one needs the most. A recent study further highlighted the role of the family in saving lives of patients in case of opioid overdoses. This can be made possible due to increased access to an antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of opioids. Read more