Addiction Article Recap: Week Of Nov 14

Addiction Article Recap: Week Of Nov 14

As we approach the holidays, it’s important to stay educated about the dangers of addiction. It’s sad to say, but this is a season where overdoses and relapses or more likely to occur; primarily because of loneliness and despondent feelings. But learning from example can certainly keep the spirit strong. That’s why we’ve gathered uplifting news articles about the success of naloxone, peer recovery coaches and Project ECHO for rural substance users. We hope you enjoy these headlines and share them with others in the recovery community.


And, as always, if you have Article Addiction Recap ideas of your own; we welcome you to share them by emailing valleyrecoverycenter@gmail.com.


Headline #1: The Business Of Naloxone

We’ve written about the opioid antidote, naloxone, many times. Right now, it is one of the only solutions to the nation’s growing epidemic and it is even part of the regular training regimen for paramedics and EMT’s. Well, it’s interesting to note that naloxone has become a booming business as well. According to Bloomberg, product sales of the spray jumped from $21.3 million in 2011 to $81.9 million last year. Their article offered an interesting profile of the product, which actually first hit the market back in 1971 (under the name Narcan). Today it is available through pharmacies, but certain federal lawmakers hope it will soon be even easier to purchase. Their goal is to make it available without a  prescription and even via phone order. They also want to bring the price down as well. We are certainly glad big news outlets like Bloomberg are bringing opioid abuse to the forefront and, hopefully, the continued success of naloxone will lead to more saved lives.


Headline #2: Peer Recovery Coaches

CNN recently wrote an excellent expose of the “Peer Recovery Coach” model taking place in east coast emergency rooms. Profiling several real-life beneficiaries of the program, the news outlet shared how the coaches begin relationships with low-income overdose patients in the ER. Then they continue to stay in touch following discharge, working with the patients on their sobriety and their daily lives. These recovery coaches help assist addicted young people with their housing (if needed), their food stamp eligibility, court visits and job searches. Because, as we all know, true recovery extends far beyond the moment you leave a treatment program. States like New York, New Jersey and Delaware are quickly adopting the program, which is covered by Medicaid.  “Anything I needed, [my coach] was always there,” one patient told CNN. “That program saved my life.” Let’s hope it goes national soon.


Headline #3: Underserved Addiction Help

We are definitely privileged to live in California. Many people throughout the country who suffer from addiction lack the easy availability of a recovery program, particularly in rural areas. That’s why we are proud to share the story of Project ECHO, which aims to help underserved addicts in some of the U.S.’s more desolate areas. Program director Dr. Miriam Komaromy recently focused her recovery efforts in New Mexico, which is listed among the five states with the highest overdose ratio. Her team makes themselves available throughout the state, traveling to remote regions and identifying people in desperate need of treatment. Job well done.



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