The last time heroin landed Marissa Angerer in a Midland, Texas, emergency room — naked and unconscious — was May 2016. But that wasn’t her first drug-related interaction with the health system. Doctors had treated her a number of times before, either for alcohol poisoning or for ailments related to heavy drug use. Though her […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 — Ninety percent of people who survived opioid overdoses in West Virginia did not receive recommended treatment to reduce their risk of overdosing again, according to a new study. West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the United States, four times higher than the national average. This study […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 — Drug users suffering an opioid overdose might soon have access to an unusual lifeline — a smartphone app. University of Washington researchers have developed an app that can detect when a person’s breathing dangerously slows or stops. The Second Chance app accurately detected opioid overdose symptoms more than nine times […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Death rates from drug overdoses in the U.S. have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come, according to a University of Pittsburgh […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In response to the opioid crisis, all 50 states have changed their laws to make naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, easier to get and use. Many states have issued standing medication orders so pharmacists can dispense the life-saving antidote without a prescription. Cities such as Philadelphia have campaigns encouraging family and […]Continue Reading ...
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths remain a major public health concern in Massachusetts, yet adolescents who experience opioid-related nonfatal overdose (NFOD) have been rarely studied. Using public data, Brigham investigators recently unearthed several important ways in which the opioid crisis is playing out differently among young people versus adults. Performed in collaboration with colleagues at the […]Continue Reading ...
The United States in recent years has increased healthcare access by broadening Medicaid coverage, but some worry that these Medicaid expansions lead to more abuse of prescription painkillers and thus worsen the opioid epidemic. A new study suggests that Medicaid expansions may, in fact, have the opposite effect. In a study examining the potential impact […]Continue Reading ...
Ensysce Biosciences Inc. today announced receipt of Notice of Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a four year award to undertake the pre-clinical and clinical development of the company’s opioid overdose protection platform MPAR™ (Multi Pill Abuse Resistance). The first two years of the grant will provide $4.285 million to complete the […]Continue Reading ...
Many individuals cite prescription opioids as their gateway to illicit opioid use. However, while prescription opioids are involved in more than one-third of all opioid overdose deaths in the U.S., examining any correlation between prescription opioid overdose deaths and pharmaceutical industry marketing has been limited — until now. New research from NYU School of Medicine […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CDC.gov Life expectancy in the U.S. declined in 2017, largely because of increases in suicide and lethal overdose, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though slight, the drop from 78.7 in 2016 to 78.6 in 2017 marks the third consecutive year of decline in a statistic that in 1900 […]Continue Reading ...
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Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically and have neglected other drugs that are increasingly implicated in overdoses, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, according to an issue brief by a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “The Drug […]Continue Reading ...
The number of overdose deaths involving methamphetamines and amphetamines in the state of Ohio increased more than 5,000 percent over the course of eight years, according to data collected by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. The Alliance is a collaboration established by Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, the University […]Continue Reading ...
Jimmy Sullivan prepared for his job as a bricklayer the same way every morning for years: injecting a shot of heroin before leaving his car. The first time he overdosed on the job, in 2013 at a Virginia construction site, a co-worker who is his cousin stealthily injected a dose of Narcan, an opioid antidote, […]Continue Reading ...
As an anesthesiologist, Sesh Mudumbai, MD, knows that patients heading home after surgery with an opioid prescription face a variety of risks, including the potential of overdose or addiction. He suspected that patients might be more likely to overdose — either accidentally or intentionally — if they had a more complex surgery, such as heart or […]Continue Reading ...
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