Help For Addicts and Doctors?

One one my readers sent this to me:

Doug,
Here’s a fun link giving hope for a new additive treatment with opioid pain control.  I’m pretty excited because the drug seekers faking dangerous symptoms are really the ones who still wear me down the most at work. I’m already prepared for this to be a major breakthrough that will almost fully ameliorate the terrible aspects of medical opioids. I’m also ready for all my worst patients to develop rapid allergies to it.
Reading the piece myself, I am not so sure.

The researchers said that opioid drugs such as morphine and heroin bind to immune receptors in the brain known as TLR4 which then act as amplifiers for addiction, ramping up the “reward” effect of drugs of abuse to a high degree. The new drug automatically shuts this effect down. “It really reduces the reward level down to the equivalent of food, sex, and hugs,” he told AFP.

He makes food, sex and hugs sound so trivial.   Dude, that is all I live for now.   Well, two out of three.  You can guess which two.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Help For Addicts and Doctors?

  1. Kim D
    August 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Down to food, sex and hugs? That is what I live for now!

  2. JoAnn
    August 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I think this was tried with Talwin NX. When I worked in ER, I don’t think the doctors could get most patients to take a prescription for it. At least, not once the patients found out it did not come with a ‘high.’

  3. DrPhil
    August 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I doubt any patient seeking Opioids will go near a drug with the name Naloxone in it. Also the same research should likely apply to +Naltrexone which is orally bioavailable.

  4. Kurt
    August 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Lemme guess. Food and hugs? 🙂

  5. August 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

    He left out BBQ and college football. And the season is almost here!

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