Indivior Applauds Recent Momentum to Address Opioid Dependence and Overdose Epidemic

Oct 21, 2015, 21:35 ET from Indivior PLC

SLOUGH, England, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Indivior PLC (LON: INDV) is encouraged by recent efforts at the federal, state and local levels of government to expand access to treatment options as a means to help address the growing opioid dependence and overdose epidemic. The White House announcement of its plan to help reduce the rise in deaths from drug-related overdoses is another important step to confront this significant public health crisis. Efforts include providing greater access to treatment for opioid dependence, training to properly prescribe opioid medications and increasing availability of naloxone.

This announcement aligns with initiatives, such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell's plan to revise rules around access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there were 2.5 million people (aged 12 or older) who abused or were dependent on painkillers or heroin in 2014.1 

"Indivior supports the increased emphasis and growing momentum in recent weeks to help expand patient access to treatment," said Indivior Chief Executive Officer Shaun Thaxter. "These policy initiatives proposed by the federal government are a major step forward in addressing the growing epidemic of opioid dependence and overdose in this country. Increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, (MAT), including buprenorphine, as well as empowering communities to put naloxone directly into the hands of the layperson, trained healthcare personnel or first responders to administer treatment at the scene of an overdose, is an important step, as every second counts. Indivior is committed to working together with stakeholders to fundamentally impact this public health crisis and help improve patient outcomes."

About Indivior 
Indivior is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy in patient advocacy, health policy and evidence-based best practice models that have helped to advance modern addiction treatment. The name is the fusion of the words individual and endeavor, and the tagline "Focus on you" makes the company's commitment clear. Indivior is dedicated to transforming addiction from a global human crisis to a recognized and treated chronic disease. Building on its global opioid dependence portfolio, Indivior has a pipeline of product candidates designed to both expand on its heritage in this category and address other chronic diseases of addiction – including opiate overdose, alcohol use disorders and cocaine intoxication. It also is pursuing novel product candidates in related mental health disorders such as schizophrenia. Headquartered in the United States in Richmond, Va., Indivior employs more than 700 individuals globally and its portfolio is available in over 40 countries worldwide. Visit www.Indivior.com to learn more.

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REFERENCES 

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National survey on Drug Use and Health. HHS Publication No. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

 

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