America's huge addiction problem stems from the use of opioid narcotics, such as oxycodone (Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicodin). But attempts to limit access to these drugs have had unintended consequences. And as the pills become harder to get and more expensive, heroin use is growing. Here an overview of a big mess.
The practice of treating heroin addicts with methadone is hardly new indeed it s been common practice among addiction specialists for almost fifty years now. It is not a perfect solution, but it works pretty well. And the alternative is far worse.
We have been discussing narcotic abuse lately. It is a huge and growing problem in the US, and there is no apparent solution at this time. But, in at least one case, there is a solution. And it should involve time in jail. Not for the drug abusers/addicts, but for doctors and other officials of sports teams, especially on the college level.
A debate that s been squarely in the headlines in recent weeks about how to manage the rapidly growing problem of opiate addiction in the U.S., is now heating up even more. This is due to a recent JAMA viewpoint, as well as statements made by an advocacy group
Since the 1960s there has been a highly effective and safe drug to reverse the effects of narcotics (mostly heroin) overdoses. Naloxone (Narcan) is found in every emergency room and if it is administered in time it is almost miraculous. A person who has had a overdose even those who are near death (narcotics will stop you from breathing if you take too much) will wake up instantly.
Another scare story about toxic nicotine poisonings: another epidemic without any actual victims. But yes, do be careful! Some day, someone will be poisoned we re only human after all.
ACSH staffers met for 2 hours with several representatives of the NYC Council to educate the officials about harm reduction and e-cigarettes. The session went quite well, with much information being exchanged. Stay tuned for the videotape. And the current JAMA has a misleading, useless propaganda piece on e-cigarette regulation.