Lorcaserin Quells Cravings For Oxycodone And Other Opioids – ReliaWire

Lorcaserin, a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone, researchers have confirmed. Opiate abuse is a major public health problem and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from prescription opiate overdose in America has quadrupled since 1999.

High relapse rates, and too few people remaining in treatment programs long (more…)

Doctor Charged in Oxycodone Deaths Backs out of Plea Deal – West Virginia Public…

A Raleigh County doctor accused of illegally distributing painkillers to three patients who later died has backed out of a plea deal.

Dr. Michael Kostenko was expected to enter into a deal with prosecutors on Monday and plead guilty to one count of distribution. Instead, Kostenko pleaded not guilty.

Kostenko, who ran Coal Country Clinic in Daniels, faces multiple counts of distribution charges, (more…)

Kratom and oxycodone – Clinical Advisor

I think that kratom is much safer than some of the FDA– and US Drug Enforcement Administration–approved medications, such as oxycodone. I treat patients for opioid addiction, and I have a few who have stopped using opioids and are now on a stable, individualized dose that the patient decides. I know that this takes the control away (more…)