Time-limited methadone – guest blog by Paul Molyneux

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The topic of time-limited opioid prescriptions has been discussed before on Recovery Review. More recently, the issue has garnered increased attention after Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker wrote to the ACMD on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs. In the letter, Norman Baker requested that the ACMD review “whether the evidence supports the case […]

Pain needs painkillers – right?

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Overprescribing of opioid painkillers has caused harm to many people. Problems include addiction, loss of social functioning and increasingly, though still relatively uncommonly in the UK, to death. Concerns have been raised about deaths associated with tramadol in particular. I’ve written before about the lack of evidence of effectiveness for opiates in chronic pain, but it […]

Enforced ‘recovery’ unethical

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Wales and Scotland and have national naloxone programmes, England does not. In light of the jump in drugs deaths related to opioids, concerns have been raised again about the situation. John Jolly, CEO of Blenheim, writes powerfully on his blog about the shame of this and points the finger at disinvestment in harm reduction and […]

Drug deaths down, but ‘legal highs’ up

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Drug-related deaths decrease by nine per cent. The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland decreased by nine per cent last year. Statistics published today from the National Records of Scotland also show that drug deaths among the under 25s are now the lowest since records began. The main findings include: 526 drug-related deaths were registered […]

Naloxone is not enough

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I’m a fan of Take Home Naloxone (THN). I’ve also wondered about how our naloxone programmes might be recovery-focused. Dr Judith Craven wrote a personal piece touching on this a while back. Jason Schwarz picks up on how our expectations might be greater than the impact the drug can actually make. He quotes Andrew Kolodny, from Phoenix […]

Gabapentin abuse

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Gabapentin can be addictive. Search for gabapentin abuse or pregabalin abuse on Google Scholar and you’ll turn up 18,000 entries in less than a second. Pubmed is a little more specific finding 249 papers related to the subject. Vaults of Erowid has over 100 gabapentin and pregabalin ‘experiences’ detailed by users. I wrote a while back […]

More benzodiazepines, more deaths

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Addiction & Recovery News highlights benzodiazepine related problems from two recent pieces of research. The first is about benzodiazepines and early death. The British Medical Journal reports on a UK General Practice study: We found evidence of an association between prescription of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs and mortality over an average follow-up period of 7.6 […]