Buprenorphine, an artificial opioid that has been available for more than a decade, has emerged as the not-so-secret weapon in the fight against opiate abuse. Those who prescribe buprenorphine have made “pioneering contributions to addiction treatment,” Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said during a U.S. Senate hearing two years…

By DAVID M. CORDANI Cigna CEO David Cordani on treating substance-abuse disorder like every other medical disorder IN 1980, OUR ROADS WERE SEVEN TIMES DEADLIER than our drugs. But in 2008, drug overdoses surpassed car crashes to become the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S., killing almost 50,000 Americans in 2014, the…

Detoxification is only the first part of what can be a lengthy process of treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Inpatient and outpatient care and the Matrix Method can be effective forms of treatment as well. No medicine specifically is formulated for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction; however, clinical trials are under way to determine the effectiveness…

Crystal meth (methamphetamine), is a very dangerous drug. It is easy to make from common ingredients, inexpensive and highly addictive. Once you are on it, it is very difficult quit use, as demonstrated by the drug’s 92 percent relapse rate (according to Crystalmethfaq.com). Withdrawal symptoms include exhaustion, extreme depression, insomnia, insatiable appetite and restlessness. Some…

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