New Opiate Treatment May Be Okayed
As soon as today, the Food and Drug Administration may sign off on a new treatment for people addicted to opiates.
The procedure involves implanting a small device into the upper arm. It then administers a steady dose of the drug buprenorphine over six months. The biggest advantage is that patients wouldn’t need to remember to take a pill every day.
“People will know, this is going to be with you for six months,” Maryland psychiatrist David Pickar tells The Washington Post. “It’s going to save some peoples’ lives and allow them to move on to recovery.”
There were a record 28,647 deaths from opiate overdoses in 2014, the CDC reports. Overdoses now kill more Americans that car accidents or shootings.