Naltrexone Can Help Prevent Deaths From Prescription Narcotic Overdose
Medication such as Naltrexone, when prescribed and monitored properly, can help prevent a deadly epidemic of deaths from prescription narcotic overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
NIDA Director Nora Volkow, M.D. said in a press statement, Natlrexone, Methadone or Buprenorphine are safe in opioid addiction treatment. “These medications can improve lives and reduce risks of overdose, yet medication assisted therapies are markedly underutilized,' she added.
In the United States, drug overdose deaths are over 30,000 a year and more than half are due to opioid overdose, NIDA figures showed. In the past 20 years, overdoses of narcotic pain relievers have tripled, data showed. In addition, an estimated 2.1 million people in America are abusing opioid pain relievers
Citing a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, officials in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that various researches have shown that there are several medications that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.
Methadone, buprenorphine and Naltrexone are valuable in addressing the narcotic overdoses, the officials stated. They also recommended improving the use of medication-assisted therapies and collaboration with stakeholders to expand access to treatment.
Patients dependent to prescription painkillers usually lead to heroin addiction, according to a study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, causing one addiction to be replaced for another.
Doctors have said that ongoing studies on effective medications for drug abuse is not about finding a superior drug but finding several options to treat drug dependence.
Although considered “a new kid on the block”, Naltrexone has been proven safe and effective. Naltrexone is available in long-acting form implants.
BiocoRx Inc. (OTC: BICX) is one of the companies in the United States trying to help through its Start Fresh Program which consists of treatment using a Naltrexone Implant used in conjunction with a life coaching.
Naltrexone is a form of medication that stops the effects of opioids such as heroin and morphine. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of opioid addiction in 1984, Naltrexone can decrease the risk of the patient relapsing while on the medication if taken daily as prescribed. The issue has been lack of compliance by patients, but that's where the benefit of naltrexone implants, like the one used in the Start Fresh Program, comes into play. The implant is placed under the patient's skin and because it is time-released, patients cannot skip the medication. The likelihood of a relapse after taking Naltrexone implants is reduced, according to studies. “The use of Naltrexone in any form has been under-utilized for a multitude of reasons, but we are trying to change that by educating the public on the benefits of this non-addictive drug that has been around for decades” said Brady Granier, COO of BioCorRx.
The time-released implant gives the patient a higher success rate in recovery from their drug dependence especially when coupled with life coaching or counseling. BioCoRx Inc. said that their Naltrexone implant is “one of the only single-administration, long acting implants used in the United States.” The company also created the Life Coaching Program that goes along with the technology.
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