Last month, the Food and Drug Administration or FDA approved the use of Lucemyra for the treatment of opioid addiction. Specifically, this medication relieves the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that people experience when they are undergoing the detoxification process. Heroin rehab San Juan Capistrano takes a look at this new treatment.
Big Pharma’s Responsibility for the Opioid Crisis
Big Pharma companies introduced drugs that were highly addictive and dangerous to the medical community. They assured medical professionals that their patients would only become addicted to these drugs in small numbers. The companies’ distributors also had the obligation to monitor prescriptions of these drugs that were suspected of being false, but this was not done. These practices allowed opioid drugs to be distributed on the black market in large numbers over the years. In addition, the rate at which the medical community has been prescribing opioid drugs has doubled between 2000 and 2014 according to the CDC.
To ensure that the practice of prescribing opioid drugs could continue, pharmaceutical companies began to treat physicians to stays at luxurious “retreats” so that they would prescribe these drugs for conditions that were not originally approved by the FDA. This was, of course, against federal law, so the companies created “organizations” that would demonstrate that more people were asking for opioid drugs.
To divert attention away from themselves, pharmaceutical companies have stated that they are not the ones who are responsible for the illegal distributions that have been going on. They also remind everyone that they do not prescribe these medications to patients, but they still bear responsibility for the crisis through fraudulent marketing.
Prescription Drugs Are Abused
The fact that opioids require a prescription has not been able to stop this crisis from occurring because when addicts need their medications, they are willing to go to great lengths to get them. Therefore, their only option may have been to resort to the black market.
Methadone is considered to be “safer” than heroin because it relieves withdrawal symptoms and doesn’t cause the patient to become intoxicated. Big Pharma has agreed that drugs such as methadone are non-addictive and cannot cause the patient to get high, so this has been the method used in rehabilitation centers across the country. Even so, two-thirds of all drug fatalities were caused by heroin in the year 2016 alone.
The Latest Pharm Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal: Lucemyra
Lucemyra for opioid withdrawal is not the entire answer to the opioid crisis, but it may be a step in the right direction. It cannot be prescribed for anyone who has been abusing heroin for a short period of time. It also cannot be prescribed to treat opioid use disorder, but it can be prescribed to ease the withdrawal symptoms of those who have been using opioid drugs for some time.
In trials, Lucemyra has failed to prevent all withdrawal symptoms from occurring, but it has shown positive signs of easing symptoms like agitation, muscle pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Even so, Lucemyra can only be prescribed for a period of 14 days.
Although Lucemyra has shown promise in easing symptoms of withdrawal, it also has its own side effects. These side effects include irregular heart rhythms, fainting, sleep disorder, slow heart rate, and low blood pressure. However, this drug is not meant to be used by itself in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is also important that the patient receives individual counseling, group counseling, and supervision while in a facility.
Alternative Drugs for Opioid Withdrawal
The alternative has been the prescription drugs naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine – all of which can be used on a long-term basis. In contrast, Lucemyra will be prescribed for two weeks. During the first week, the patient will take the drug three times a day. In the next week, the dosage will decrease gradually until the patient is no longer taking the drug.
As with any medication, it’s important to consider all side effects, how long the drug has been available, and whether it’s right for each individual before deciding if it’s right for you and even then, you must have approval from a physician. It may be helpful to find out if your physician has relationships with certain pharmaceutical companies as well.
If you need help with opioid addiction, there’s no need to feel ashamed or stuck. Contact a heroin rehab San Juan Capistrano today and start your journey to a life of sobriety.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.