From the article:
“A driver crashes into a bus, killing her 1-year-old daughter. She was in a haze from a sedative mixed with medicine meant to curb heroin cravings.
“A 4-year-old dies after taking his uncle’s pills.
“A patient in addiction treatment stops taking his medicine, then overdoses and dies.
“All of these deaths – blamed on the misuse of the same drug – could have been prevented. Now, two Kentucky researchers are testing a breakthrough treatment that injects addiction medicine straight into the patient’s body, reducing the chance of abuse.
“It’s being hailed as a potential ‘game changer.’
“The weekly or monthly injections – called CAM2038 – release buprenorphine over time. Doctors prescribe the narcotic (prounounced bew-preh-nor-feen) to wean patients off heroin or powerful opioid pain pills.
“It’s not a new drug. It’s a new, safer way to get the drug into the patient’s body.”