Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Extended release naltrexone: Addiction’s silver bullet?

Roxicodone aka Roxies and Perc 30s
Perhaps the most important testimony I’ve heard this year as a member of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse was that of Dr. Joshua D. Lee from the New York University School of Medicine.

We are seeing no end to the increase in addiction to opioids, primarily oxycodone (aka OxyContin, Roxicodone and Percocet) and heroin. Dr. Lee has been working with an extended release adaptation of the drug naltrexone (XR-NTX) with great success.

XR-NTX essentially inoculates an individual from the euphoric or sedating effects of heroin and oxycodone. Even when using large amounts of opioid drugs, a person being treated with XR-NTX does not get high. It becomes a waste of money to attempt getting high.

Is this new therapy too good to be true? I hope not.


  1. Then make Oxy with XR-NXT within it.

    problem solved......and I didn't even get a mileage stipend. It took me one and one half years of time to get a board of Selectman in Sandwich to understand, agree and change the price of the third dump sticker so getting the FDA to approve a non-adictive suppliment to a common pain medication will take how long?

    That would be like being on a Charter Commission.

  2. We all should be applauding Dr. Lee's findings as this particular addiction creates a monster for our policing agencies, especially on Cape. So large is the monster that, in fact, police are unable to keep up with the growing break-ins and various forms of robberies. Anyone of us could be the next house or car getting broken into!

    This week a NY Times article covered the rate of growing drug-related crimes on Cape. It is not a problem isolated only to the Cape, yet, our demographics bring an intensity to the problem not seen in too many other regions (at least not yet). If I learn of a person that I can help, I will certainly seek the assistance of naltrexone now that I am aware of it. One person saved from this addiction (even if it is their own fault for taking the stupid drug to begin with), rescues so many more from the devious effects. Thank you for getting the word out, Randy.

  3. Link to Cape-related NYT article


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