Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.
A bill filed by Maryland lawmakers would create a safe drug consumption site for opioid users, a measure that no other U.S. state has in place. The bill says that the program would authorize safe injection sites for peo
A new research study found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and opioid manufacturers failed to adequately monitor the use of fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. The director of the study said that they found an “alarming use” of the products for patients who should never have received them.
A new study done by the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland found that insurance rules are limiting access to buprenorphine, an addiction treatment medication. From 2007 to 2018, insurance plans that offered buprenorphine dropped from 90% to 35%, meanwhile covered opioids like OxyContin increased from 93% to 100%.
This week, Google announced that they would begin to show people where they can go to discard unneeded medication, like local pharmacies, government buildings, and hospitals. Last month, the company noticed that Google searches for “medication disposal near me” reached an all-time high.
France Takes On Addiction With a New Approach - NC Health News
In France, there are more than 300 harm reduction centers and 480 clinics that offer opioid substitution treatment and other medical treatment to drug users anonymously and free of charge. The French have deployed a number of strategies to reach and support drug users, including giving them safe places to sleep, checking their street drugs for unwanted substances; and reaching into the countryside to help rural users. New HIV rates have plummeted while overdose rates have leveled off.
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