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OVERCOMING ADDICTION

A NEW INJECTABLE MEDICATION MAY HELP OVERCOME ADDICTION TO OPIATE DRUGS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Addiction to drugs derived from opium, including heroin as well as prescription pain relievers like Oxycontin, is on the rise.  And overcoming these addictions is challenging at best.  Now a new medication has been approved by the FDA to help.  Marc Fishman, an addiction expert at Johns Hopkins, describes his research with naltrexone.

FISHMAN:  We’ve had experience for about three years in using a particularly exciting new medication, called extended release injectable naltrexone for the treatment of opioid dependence.  Brand name is  Vivtrol, and one of the exciting things is that it just got approved by the FDA in the last couple of weeks for that specific indication, for the treatment of opioid dependence.  It had been out on the market for the last four or five years for the treatment of alcohol dependence but this is an even better, I believe, use for that medication.             :30

Fishman emphasizes that the medication is used in conjunction with counseling and development of life skills.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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