Welcome!

News Feed Item

Waismann Method: Prescription painkiller/heroin overdose antidote approved by FDA

The auto-injector is designed to allow quick administration when drug overdose first occurs

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Family members and caregivers of individuals with opiate drug addiction problems heaved a sigh of relief earlier this month when the FDA announced it was issuing fast-track approval to Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride), an injectable medication that can be administered to someone who is known or suspected to have had an overdose of opioid drugs. The drug will be offered in an auto-injector to make it easier for untrained individuals to administer the drug in the event of an overdose.

(Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140408/LA00163)

Naloxone works to help reverse the effects of opioid overdose and has been widely used by medical professionals in heroin treatment and other overdose situations. Deaths from drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., having steadily increased over the past 10 years. Just last month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in response to increasing numbers of overdoses in the state.

Although the move by the FDA has met with overall approval by many leading drug treatment specialists, there is some concern that reliance on the medication to treat addicts may in some way delay the pursuit of other options that can help address the root causes of addiction.

"The hope is that by making Naloxone more available, it will help save lives when used responsibly," said Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D., director of the Waismann Method™, a leading provider of advanced treatment for opiate dependence and rapid detox located in Southern California. "Certainly, its use has risks, but at this particular moment in time when drug epidemics and overdoses are rampant in many parts of the country, the benefits appear to significantly outweigh those risks.

"In addition to the risks of having untrained people administering the antidote, one of the concerns is that some individuals may consider the use of Naloxone as a sort of 'quick fix' which may diminish the urgency underlying the need for more permanent solutions to drug use and abuse," he added. To achieve a more permanent solution, Lowenstein says there is a clear need for support services in addition to greater compassion and understanding for those dealing with drug abuse – whether that means the abuser or the abuser's loved ones.

Lowenstein and colleagues Cliff Bernstein M.D. and registered addiction specialist Clare Waismann operate a leading opiate treatment program in an accredited hospital which is positioned to offer specialized care for patients with specific medical and dependency needs, including high-risk patients and long-time abusers of painkillers and other substances. For 15 years, the Waismann Method Medical Group has been considered the premier Rapid Detox Center in the country by successfully treating thousands of patients from all over the world in its facility located only in Southern California.

"At our center, we believe it treating the individual with a compassionate approach that supports rather than judges," Lowenstein said. "From heroin treatment to the abuse of painkillers, we approach each of our patients one-on-one to craft a custom program of care aimed at the success of the individual throughout his or her life."

The Waismann Method® is an advanced treatment for opioid dependence which is based on treating an individual patient's unique needs as determined through thorough medical, psychological and social assessments. The center offers a range of confidential, personalized treatment and aftercare options, including rapid opiate detoxification under sedation, medically-assisted detoxification and other forms of treatment.

To learn more about the Waismann Method® for opiate addiction and its proven approach, visit the website at www.opiates.com or call toll-free at 1-888-987-4673.

CONTACT: [email protected], 310-205-0808

SOURCE Waismann Method

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We are a leader in the market space called network visibility solutions - it enables monitoring tools and Big Data analysis to access the data and be able to see the performance," explained Shay Morag, VP of Sales and Marketing at Niagara Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
An IoT product’s log files speak volumes about what’s happening with your products in the field, pinpointing current and potential issues, and enabling you to predict failures and save millions of dollars in inventory. But until recently, no one knew how to listen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dan Gettens, Chief Research Officer at OnProcess, discussed recent research by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OnProcess Technology, where MIT created a new, breakthrough analytics model for s...
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...