Category: Mark Gold

Psilocybin for Major Depression (MDD) and the Renaissance of Psychedelic Medicine

Magic Mushrooms psilocybin-5198533_1920 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 [...]
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Opioid Overdose and Rescue: What Comes Next

Doctor in Surgery Mask Introduction Opioid overdoses are increasing again [1]. 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 [...]
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2020 Annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health – NSDUH Review

Guy in mountains thinking about Substance Use Disorder Recovery 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, [...]
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Saving Lives with Naltrexone – Vivitrol: A Crucial Defense in OUD

Doctor thinking about moving Methadone to Primary Care 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 [...]
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Naltrexone and Injectable Naltrexone (Vivitrol) for Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs)

Man's face with beard 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 [...]
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