The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Lucemyra after an overwhelming 11-2 vote was given in favor of the drug by the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee. Lucemyra (chemical name lofexidine) will be the first non-opioid medication approved specifically to address symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The vote was given after two placebo-controlled trials showed results indicating Lucemyra helped alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms. Patients in the clinical trials were also more likely to complete a seven day detoxification period.
Opioids: They are the current drug taking over the nation. These powerful drugs are often utilized to dilute pain by “attacking” the brain's pain receptors. When these receptors in the brain are attacked, the individual’s pain fades for a certain duration of time leaving them in a relaxed and agonizing free state. Opioids, like any other stress-relieving drug, can have long-term effects and issued if abused.
A massive problem surrounding this drug is a physical dependence, which if not treated, can lead to death. There are various forms of this drug-liquid. Pill and capsules. While these forms are available, the results are still devastating. What is shocking to some is the fact that these “pain relievers” actually fall within the same class as heroin-and the symptoms and likelihood of death are just as quantifiable.
The United States of America is known for many things. Home to the 2016 baseball champions the Chicago Cubs, an incredibly strong military, and even a cronut being invented in New York (a doughnut-croissant hybrid mix). Unfortunately, there are less impressive things our great nation is known for like the opioid epidemic.
In October of 2017, the President of The United States declared a public health emergency regarding the use of opioids in our nation. While some individuals may not know too much about opiates, luckily we can reference experts Cynthia Kuhn, PhD., Scott Swartzwelder, PhD., and Wilkie Wilson, PhD., of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine who can help us better understand the perception and facts about opioids.