To reduce opioid-related harms, we must ensure treatments for opioid dependence are accessible to those who need them.
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
We need many more funded research studies to fully understand exactly how CBD might play a role in the treatment of opioid use disorder.
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There is no evidence yet that cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating heroin addiction, despite news headlines claiming this.
Naloxone counteracts the effects of an overdose.
Naloxone programmes have sprung up in the UK and elsewhere, but drug death rates keep climbing.
Maybe it's time the government listened to the advice offered by its Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
People without ID, like Steven Kemp, are sometimes turned away from the country’s already threadbare system of drug treatment centers.
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President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
This legal synthetic drug feels like you’re taking an opioid but it lasts 24 hours.
Methadone is used mainly to treat dependence on heroin, but also other prescription drugs. It is sometimes used to treat severe chronic pain.
Heroin dependence can be treated with pharmaceutical heroin - but it hasn’t been approved in Australia.
Heroin was used medically in Australia for coughs and pain relief until 1953.
A nurse treats Johnny at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic before he self-injects his medication.
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Hoping to avoid the pitfalls and tropes of drug genre photography, documentary photographer Aaron Goodman spent a year following three addicts enrolled in a heroin-assisted treatment program.
What worked for you doesn’t work for everyone.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Russell Brand, that radical left-winger and advocate of revolution, and Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative secretary of state for work and pensions, didn’t have anything…
Most overdose deaths are due to heroin but an increasing number are due to pain relieving prescription opioid drugs.
Once again, overdose deaths from opioids are increasing in Australia. And once again, we are in danger of ignoring effective, evidence-based interventions. According to the National Drug and Alcohol Research…
The proportion of Australians who support methadone treatment has increased in recent years – it was 69% in 2010.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released its annual report of the methadone and buprenorphine treatment programs operated by the states and territories today. On census day – June…