History Psilocybin is a chemical found in a family of mushrooms commonly known as “magic mushrooms.” These mushrooms have been used throughout history to induce hallucinations. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring chemical or psychedelic compound produced by more than 150 species of mushrooms. The genus Psilocybe has been widely studied and makes the most potent [...] Read More
Introduction Opioid overdoses are increasing again . Nonfatal opioid overdoses treated in the emergency department at VCU in Richmond increased from 102 between March and June 2019 to 227 in 2020. That’s an increase of 123%. The opioid overdose increase occurred when the academic emergency room was experiencing a low number of visits. O.D.s increasing [...] Read More
On September 14, 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health: OUD decreases, mental illness increased. What are the main findings of the NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) survey, and what can we learn? First of all, what is the NSDUH, [...] Read More
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic, life-threatening, relapsing condition, often associated with legal, interpersonal, and employment problems. FDA approved safe and effective medications for OUD are methadone (a full opioid agonist), Buprenorphine (a partial agonist), Naltrexone, and Naltrexone-long-acting injectable or Vivitrol (opioid antagonists). Methadone and Buprenorphine suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms by being other opioid [...] Read More
The United States is a resurgent national opioid use and overdose epidemic. Physicians are encouraged to treat opioid-use disorders (OUDs), learn about addiction medicine, and help treat OUD patients with the three Food and Drug Administration approved medications (methadone, buprenorphine, and Naltrexone). There is little disagreement at this point that these medications are safe and [...] Read More
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