DeVille pharmacist, practitioner offer way to battle drug abuse

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As the new year approaches and you look for resolutions, there are many people who have or know somebody looking to stop a drug addiction.

How? Where do you go?

Pharmacist Sarah Turner at DeVille’s Pharmacies in Rising Sun has developed a compound to help.

“The biggest reason people who are addicted to medications and different elicit substances for not getting clean is they are scared to death of the detox period and the bad side affects,”says Turner. “Until they get completely clean they can’t use products like Vivitrol. If they can’t get all the bad things out of their system they can’t get it.”

Turner recently partnered with Sheri Roberts, Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Rising Sun Medical Center and Vevay Medical Center, to set a patient protocol.

“I saw there was a need to get them from stop using drugs today to that seven to 15 days so they can get the (Vivitrol) injection,” adds Turner (nee Eversman), a 2001 graduate of Rising Sun High School and with a doctor of pharmacy from Butler University in 2008.

After doing some research, she came up with a way to give the same medicine that’s in Vivitrol but at a very low dose. “It helps the side affects but is not meant to throw them into withdraw,”

The medicine is available in 50 milligram tablets but would take them into withdraw, according to Turner. She was able to develop a new liquid by compounding (taking the medication already commercially available and converted it into a liquid that was made dose-able).

Sarah says DeVille’s has been doing compounding for such things as hormone creams in Rising Sun and by pharmacist Camille (DeVille) Boykin in Dillsboro.

Some people have come in or called with questions. They can call Roberts at the Rising Sun Medical Center to get a prescription. They are eligible for the Vivitrol injection after 7-15 days depending on their addiction. The shot gives them one month of non-addictive relapse prevention.

“Vivitrol is a great product. It’s just getting to that point,”Turner contends.

The compound is called Naltrexone. It starts with a low dose of ..1 milliliters and gradually increased. After day seven they go to Sheri for the shot.

Many people have failed in past that’s why Naltrexone gives the jump start they need. It is in liquid form and completely safe, even if they would drink the entire bottle, says Turner.

The new program was launched last month on Facebook.

It has shown results, according to Turner. A woman was able to overcome her addiction and now has custody of her grandchildren.

The Naltrexone is free. Patients will get a prescription which will include a Comfort Pack consisting of six different medications to treat the side effects.

According to Turner, the drugs are normally covered by insurance copays and covered by Medicaid. If somebody needs insurance, Turner can get them to somebody to sign up for the state coverage.

For more information contact Turner at 812-438-2555 or Roberts at the Rising Sun Medical Center at 812-438-2555. Rising Sun and Vevay are the only places the treatment combination is available.