Navigation Links
Addiction to Prescription Opiates and Heroin Addressed by New Resource
Date:12/12/2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit working to find evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use, today launched a comprehensive new digital resource that helps parents better understand the potential life-saving benefits of medication-assisted treatment. The advanced online tool is comprised of videos, testimonials and an e-book to help parents make an informed choice when they are looking for treatment options to help a teen or young adult recover from an addiction to prescription pain medications, heroin or other opiates.

Prescription (Rx) drug abuse continues to be one of the nation's most concerning drug problems and one that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention classifies as "an epidemic." Abuse of Rx medicines, and abuse of long-acting prescription opioids in particular, remains at unacceptably high levels among teens and young adults across the country.

In 2012, nearly one million Americans, ages 12-25, were abusing or dependent on prescription pain relievers (primarily) or heroin. Many of these individuals, or their families, are unaware that medication assisted treatment can be a powerful tool in achieving sustained recovery from opioid addiction – and especially in avoiding the drift from pain reliever addiction into heroin use that the CDC has recently documented.

With heroin use in the U.S. on the rise, and overdose deaths due to prescription and illegal opiates at record levels, it is essential that those struggling with opioid addiction, their parents, families and healthcare providers, be made aware of the availability of these potentially lifesaving medications.

"Abuse of prescription pain products is arguably the most urgent public health issue facing families today, and we're particularly concerned because this behavior frequently starts in adolescence  – when 90 percent of all addictions begin. Unfortunately, too many young people who abuse prescription pain medicines are progressing to street heroin as pills become harder to obtain or tamper with," said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "As The Partnership advocates for better, more available adolescent treatment, we must help parents understand that while there is no one treatment that's right for every child, medication-assisted treatment should be considered in their decision-making process."

"Opioid addiction and overdoses affect increasing numbers of Americans and are now among the biggest public health problems of our time, said Dr. Hillary Kunins, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use - Prevention Care and Treatment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "Medication-assisted treatment is highly effective in treating opioid addiction, and preventing overdoses."

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved three drugs to treat opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. When used as detoxification medications, methadone and buprenorphine can reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. When used as maintenance medications, they suppress withdrawal and cravings and actively contribute to a reduction in nonmedical opioid use. Naltrexone is a maintenance medication and blocks the intense "high" effects that opioids are known to have in the user. These medications have undergone rigorous safety and potency checks, much like maintenance medicines for other diseases like hypertension or diabetes.

"Medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence is a science-based and proven-effective option for teens and young adults. It should be administered with age appropriate psychosocial therapy and drug testing," said John Knight, MD, a leading pediatrician at Harvard Medical School specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and the Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children's Hospital in Boston.

He continues, "Unfortunately, it has been subject to controversy and stigma. Yet the neuroscience of addiction and cravings helps explain why, when properly used and overseen, medication-assisted treatment can be truly life saving for adolescents, young adults, and their families. I see it working all the time. When kids come into treatment, their lives are just chaotic. Parents are desperate – they don't know what to do or where to turn. The most important thing is to bring stability into the situation, and the best way to do that is with medication."

Multimedia Resource Breaks Down Complex Path to Addiction and Recovery for Families in Crisis

An integral part of taking a fresh look at the issue is the medication-assisted treatment e-book, which provides a detailed plan of action for getting treatment for a child or loved one, based in science, research and medicine. It helps inform parents and caregivers about medication-assisted treatment options, especially when many are not aware that medication can be an important part of successful recovery.

Added Pasierb, "Medication-assisted treatment is addressing an urgent need and can help treat prescription opioid addiction effectively. In much the same way that insulin in an effective tool in diabetes care, it establishes medicine as a legitimate component in achieving recovery. Families can, and should, insist that their treatment providers, doctors and therapists examine – or in some cases, rethink – their stance on these potentially life-saving medications.

The new multimedia resource, located at drugfree.org, was also developed in collaboration with leading clinicians in the field of treating substance abuse, including Dr. Edwin A. Salsitz, Medical Director, Office-Based Opioid Therapy at Beth Israel Medical Center; Dr. Herbert Kleber and Dr. Stephen Donovan of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University; and Dr. Josh Hersh, Suboxone Certified Physician, Staff Psychiatrist at Miami University Student Counseling.

Addressing methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone and the characteristics specific to each, as well as the appropriateness of each medication in the treatment of older teens and young adults, it also features videos of doctors, parents and their teen or young adults, who have first-hand experience with medication assisted-treatment. 

"While different options work for different people, for us, medication-assisted treatment saved our daughter's life and gave us our daughter back," said Carol Allen, a mom who utilized the new resource from The Partnership to find help for her daughter's addiction. "It allowed her to stop thinking constantly about the drugs she was abusing and helped her focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle. Together with the love and support from her family, my daughter is now living a productive life."

This resource was made possible through an unrestricted grant from Reckitt Benckiser. To learn more about medication-assisted treatment options, visit http://medication-assisted-treatment.drugfree.org/.

About The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. The Partnership at Drugfree.org is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Together with experts in science, parenting and communications, the nonprofit translates research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into useful and effective resources for both individuals and communities. Working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. The organization depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, please call The Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. A Forever Recovery Battle Creek, MI: Increasing Recreational Drug Use in Colleges Creates Risk for Addictions
2. New Nonprofit to Rally for Equal Treatment for People Affected by the Disease of Addiction
3. Gateway Unites Medicine and Therapy to Treat Drug Addiction
4. Omeros Elucidates Mechanism of its PDE7 Inhibitors in Addiction
5. San Francisco Health Plan Hosts Forum on Pain Management and Addiction for over 300 Clinicians
6. The European Alcohol Addiction Market is Poised For a Treatment Paradigm Shift With the Launch of BioTie/Lundbecks Selincro
7. CLUB DRUG CAUTIONARY: Dr. Jill Backfield, Addiction Specialist & Executive Director of New York Center for Living, Advises Parents of New Dangers of Mixing Marijuana & "Molly" (MDMA)
8. Assurex Health Announces International Expansion through Canadian Partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
9. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network support the Drug Enforcement Administrations Nationwide Prescription "Drug Take-Back Day"
10. Kmart® Launches New Pet Prescription Program And Purina® Treat Giveaway
11. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Endorses Senate Version of Prescription Drug User Fee Act After Patient Voice Strengthened
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... DUBLIN , May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the  "Global Acute Ischemic ... 2016"  report to their offering.  ... Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market ... insights into Acute Ischemic Stroke pipeline products, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC and ... Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a new ... and medical devices. An agreement between ... to license, develop and commercialize medical innovations advanced ... "This partnership represents a significant advance in our ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , a ... announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of ... provides heart failure patients with access to diagnostic ... have remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission and ... rate in response to physiological demands. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... Behavioral Health Population Management Platform, announced today that Enlightened Solutions has joined the ... ability to optimize the care continuum for their patients being treated for substance ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... Liposuction specialist Marcia V. Byrd, MD spoke last month at the Fat ... Louis Airport Hotel. This year’s conference was titled “Living with Lipedema and Dealing with ... in treating Lipedema. Dr. Byrd is considered one of the leading physicians in the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Nepenthe Laboratory Services (NLS), a premier drug monitoring and toxicology ... food item donations for Food for Lane County, and to help support awareness for ... of the assembly was to create an exciting atmosphere for the kids at Riverbend ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Augusta, Kansas (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... management for its school nurses. This partnership will enable school health offices to streamline ... located in Butler County, Kansas, just east of Wichita. Augusta public schools serve 2,300 ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... In an effort to ... a public health promotion and research organization, declared May as “National Sunshine Month.” ... other shifts in cultural behavior over the past several decades, Americans spend more ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):