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Huckleberries Online

Implant could quell addict’s cravings

A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way – an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells cravings for up to six months. “The longer you keep them sober, the longer they stay stable, learn coping skills and go from there,” said Dr. Azfar Malik, CEO of Centerpointe Hospital for behavioral health in St. Charles. Probuphine implants received preliminary approval in January from an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to give its full endorsement next month. The implants release a steady flow of buprenorphine, which is available in oral form to block cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms. The drug binds to opiate receptors in the body, but doesn’t produce the same high./Tribune News Service, SR. More here.



Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.