methadone

Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Dispense Drugs To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Aug 21, 2018
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At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

A former Florida doctor previously convicted in the overdose death of one of his patients has been sentenced 157 years in prison for drug trafficking.

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of an under-the-tongue film for treating opioid addiction.

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Florida lawmakers this year passed a bill that limits prescribing of controlled substances for patients suffering from acute pain and mandates new continuing education requirements for health-care professionals as ways to combat the state’s growing opioid problem. 

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The state’s invalidated process for licensing new methadone clinics is delaying help for opioid addicts in rural communities.

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Pointing to an arbitrary process that “ignores substance in favor of blind luck,” an administrative law judge Thursday rejected a state emergency rule drawn up to help license more methadone-treatment centers across Florida.

State Challenged On Methadone Licenses After Campout

Dec 20, 2017

Florida officials' first-come, first-served system for dozens of new methadone-treatment licenses resulted in applicants camping out in tents with sleeping bags, coolers and, in one case, a gun, to be first in line.

The number of newborns who are physically dependent on drugs in Florida has nearly doubled since 2010, according to The News-Press.

Michael Burghardt couldn't sleep. His legs were shaking, his bones ached and he couldn't stop throwing up.

Burghardt was in the Valley Street Jail in Manchester, N.H. This was his 11th stay at the jail in the last 12 years. There had been charges for driving without a license, and arguments where the police were called. This time, Burghardt was in after an arrest for transporting drugs in a motor vehicle.

A doctor and eight employees of a South Florida medical clinic are facing manslaughter, racketeering and other charges in what authorities say was a massive pill mill operation.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the arrests Wednesday as part of a five-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Agency and in conjunction with the Office of Statewide Prosecution.

A Pensacola-area veterinarian who was accused of writing prescriptions for thousands of methadone tablets for his ex-wife’s dog -- but was actually giving them to his daughter-in-law -- has been sentenced to 20 months in state prison, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is applauding Florida’s crackdown on “pill mills” in its most recent Vital Signs report.

A Delray Beach doctor faces manslaughter charges after one of his patients died of a methadone overdose, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  Dr. Barry M. Schultz, whose license was already suspended by the state, was to have his first court hearing on Wednesday. 

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Business is booming at for-profit clinics like the Daytona Methadone Treatment Center, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. While patients say methadone saved their lives, records show fewer than 2 percent of that clinic’s 1,800 patients have kicked their addiction. The ability to profit and that low success rate raises questions about whether the treatment is really best for the patient.