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 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 ...
In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, published today in JAMA Network Open. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against concurrent […]Continue Reading ...
July 23, 2018 A recent study in North Carolina found that in the first two weeks after being released from prison, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population. When restricted to heroin overdoses only, formerly incarcerated individuals’ likelihood of overdose death increased to […]Continue Reading ...
July 13, 2018 Among Medicaid recipients taking prescription opioids, high opioid doses and concurrent treatment with benzodiazepine sedatives are among the key, potentially modifiable risk factors for fatal overdose, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. “Prescribers and state agencies should […]Continue Reading ...
June 22, 2018 In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, published today in JAMA Network Open. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]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 ...
Aug 27 2018 By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD A new report has come up with alarming numbers of deaths due to drug overdose among Australians. The report states that common sedatives and sleeping pills may be responsible for over 142 deaths each month due to their overdose. Australia’s Annual Overdose report 2018 comes from the […]Continue Reading ...
August 10, 2018 Will clinicians become more careful in prescribing opioids if they are made of aware of the risks of these drugs first-hand? That was one of the core questions researchers set out to explore in a new study published in the August 2018 issue of Science. In doing so, they found that many […]Continue Reading ...
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. In their report published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers describe finding that more than a quarter of those seeking treatment at Addiction Recovery Management Service, an MGH-based […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 — The actual number of opioid overdose deaths in several U.S. states is likely far higher than death certificates suggest, a new study says. Incomplete reporting of overdose deaths can hamper efforts to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic, according to the University of Pittsburgh researchers. They said that as many as […]Continue Reading ...
May 16, 2018 A few months ago, Kourtnaye Sturgeon helped save someone’s life. She was driving in downtown Indianapolis when she saw people gathered around a car on the side of the road. Sturgeon pulled over, and a man told her there was nothing she could do: Two men had overdosed on opioids and appeared […]Continue Reading ...
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