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Fentanyl patch forgeries fooling Ontario's pharmacists

Fake fentanyl patches have become a lucrative business in Ontario as addicts and dealers find ways to dupe pharmacists into handing over the highly toxic drug.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

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In her first appearance at a United Nations event, Melania Trump focused on issues facing the world’s children, urging adults to take the lead in teaching them “life’s many ethical lessons” and combating cyberbullying. Hosting a luncheon for spouses of U.N. world leaders and committee heads on Wednesday, Trump stressed the importance of leading and teaching children “by our own example,” saying that “as adults we are not merely responsible — we are accountable.” “Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy, or hunger, it is th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized diplomacy Donald Trump Melania Trump onetime Source Type: news
In the last two decades, prescribing rates for opioids have increased nearly three-fold, from 76 million prescriptions in 1991 to approximately 207 million prescriptions in 2013.  This remarkable volume of opioid prescribing is unique to the United States, where 2015 prescribing amounts were nearly four times those in Europe.   Sadly, this much more frequent prescribing of addictive medications is connected to an epidemic of deaths related to abuse of opiates and other drugs of abuse.  Drug overdose deaths are now considered a national emergency, topping 59,000 in 2016.  The abuse of opioids can be...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Costs and Spending Insurance and Coverage Organization and Delivery Payment Policy opiods PBMs Source Type: blogs
(Society for the Study of Addiction) A new study published by the scientific journal Addiction has found no reliable evidence for using nalmefene, naltrexone, acamprosate, baclofen or topiramate to control drinking in patients with alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder. At best, some treatments showed low to medium efficacy in reducing drinking, but those findings were from studies with a high risk of bias. None demonstrated any benefit on health outcomes.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
The objectives of this study were to assess and characterize Internet use in adolescence, determine Internet addiction and clarify its association with sleep disorders and excessive daytime sleepiness. MATERIAL AND METHODS: It was performed an observational, cross sectional and community-based study. The target were students attending 7th and 8th grades, to whom was applied an online self-report questionnaire to assess sociodemographic features, Internet use, Internet dependence, sleep characteristics and excessive daytime sleepiness. RESULTS: A total of 727 adolescents were included with a mean age 13 ± 0.9...
Source: Acta Medica Portuguesa - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Med Port Source Type: research
This study draws on belongingness theory to explore the impact of social presence on addiction to social networking sites (SNSs). A conceptual framework was developed and empirically tested based on data collected from 278 SNS users in China. The results demonstrate that social presence is positively related to sense of belonging and enjoyment. Sense of belonging has a positive effect on enjoyment, including escapism, pleasure and arousal, but has no effect on SNS addiction. Escapism and pleasure can result in SNS addiction, but arousal has no significant influence. Drawing on a new perspective of belongingness theory, thi...
Source: Computers in Human Behavior - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Medication treatment for opioid addiction (e.g., " medication-assisted treatment " with methadone and buprenorphine) shouldn't be withheld from patients who take benzodiazepines …
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Join NIH Director Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Volklow, and an expert from American Society of Addiction Medicine  in a Tweet chat. They’ll be available for a conversation about opioid use disorder: Impact on public health How the stigma against opioid use and addiction impacts recovery Methods and resources promoting prevention and recover When: Friday, September 29, 2017 . 12pm MT, 1pm CT at #OpioidAwareChat  /ch
Source: MCR News - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: All Members Blog Source Type: news
(MedPage Today) -- Studies find risk of addiction after surgery, higher numbers of ED visits
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - Category: American Health Source Type: news
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news
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