Topic: addiction medications
Naltrexone maintenance is a lot cheaper than prison. But it’s a lot more expensive than methadone maintenance, which dulls some of its luster.
We haven’t corrected any identified physical deficiency. We’ve simply substituted a medical opioid for an illicit one.
You know what would help put an end to the debate? A protocol and procedures for a successful transition off maintenance for those patients who would prefer not to remain dependent.
We might have been making things more difficult for the patients we wanted to help. This is not unknown in healthcare.
An alcoholic can self-regulate consumption for periods given the support from a research project, but when that support ends, a return to previous behavior is likely.
Big investors are… interested in buying low and selling high, in driving up the share price so they can turn around and place bets on how fast it will go down once the bad publicity hits.
Mood and motivation are, of course, a big part of the discomfort associated with having chronic pain.
Diversion to abuse has been significant. Currently methadone represents only some two percent of all opioid prescriptions, but it’s been implicated in an astounding one-third of all opioid fatalities.