New Device to Treat Heroin Addiction Might Be Available Soon

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new way of treating heroin addiction will soon be available to anyone suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Dr. Arturo Taca with Insyngery Addiction Treatment Center in St. Louis, joined KMOX Thursday morning to talk about the new device. He says it’s about the size of a quarter and hooks behind the patient’s ear.

“The withdrawal syndrome is painful and is hard for people to get off of them, because the only thing that can make the symptoms go away, is using more opioids or heroin,” Taca says.

It targets four specific cranial nerves that cause symptoms of pain during withdrawal.

“We’ve developed a device that specifically targets parts of the spine and the brain, that in our studies and research in the last couple of years, have shown that it’s been able to eliminate 85 percent of the pain…within 30 minutes,” Taca says.

The device will work as a detox pre-treatment method for patients before they move on to the monthly injection of Naltrexone.

Naltrexone is a non-narcotic drug that helps block opioid receptors.

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  1. mrmX71 says:

    Stop the drug war with objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them.
    We need to pull LE out of the drug biz – that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison.
    We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a “hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system.” This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as a health issue.
    The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite.
    The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.

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