Opioid Epidemic Resources from NLM

The National Library of Medicine has created a number of portals and lists with numerous resources on opioid abuse, addiction, and treatment. Diverse Populations – Public, Multiple Languages, and Healthcare Professionals (Outreach and Specific Populations Branch bulletin, 2017-05-10) Opiate Addiction and Treatment Portal (SIS Environmental Health and Toxicology) Response to the opioid epidemic – includes those listed in the Diverse Populations link as well as several other federal sites (DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv archives) /ch
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This article reviews recent epidemiologic trends in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) and strategies for treatment and prevention of these infections as they relate to the opioid epidemic.Recent FindingsAmong people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United States (US), HIV diagnoses are decreasing, while HCV is increasing. Care for HIV and HCV relies heavily on specialist infrastructure, which is lacking in rural areas. Antiretrovirals for HIV and direct-acting antivirals for HCV are effective among PWID, yet multiple barriers make it difficult for rural injectors to access these treatments. Similarly, access to syringe service...
Source: Current HIV/AIDS Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon &Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into ...
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He was younger than I was — still in his twenties — but the patient had already had his chest opened twice. Deadly bloodstream infections contracted from sharing needles had destroyed his heart valves on two separate occasions. And now six months out from his most recent operation, he was back with fever and chills: ominous signs of another infection. That was years ago. The opioid epidemic hadn’t yet been declared a public health emergency. I had just begun my training in cardiology, and he was the first such patient that I had ever taken care of. In the ensuing years, there would be many more like him: ...
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The devastating opioid epidemic is one of the largest public health problems facing the U.S. Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid use disorder. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers. A 2015 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people who are addicted to painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. The epidemic actually began more than three decades ago. In 1980, crack and cocaine addiction contributed to the thousands of overdose deaths, whereas now people die from pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. In ...
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Grants totaling $1.3 million from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission are supporting UA efforts to develop non-addictive medications to block chronic pain.
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Amid piles of evidence that the “War On Drugs” approach did little to address Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Americans are beginning to signal that they’re ready to try something different. This month, that signal for something different came in loud and clear from New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio championed a plan to open the nation’s first legal safe injection site for intravenous drug users (Neuman, 2018). While de Blasio’s endorsement made a splash in the new cycle, his city is not the only one to seriously consider the approach. Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver and Ithaca, New York ...
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Will you smell the robot in the room? Might documentaries explore the situation of bioprinted human organ transplantations on the black market? Will virtual reality cause a worldwide obesity epidemic? The Medical Futurist shares the weirdest ideas about how healthcare might look a hundred years from now. Or even further down the road. Let’s peek into a dystopic future of healthcare. Medical mind-games and weird ideas As The Medical Futurist, my job is to map out current technological trends, to distill the overall paradigm frame in which we are thinking about medicine and healthcare; and based on data, analytic...
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
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Dr Charles Vega cautions clinicians to be ready for an epidemic of recreational psychostimulant use.Medscape Internal Medicine
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By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. The biggest public health crisis facing FDA is opioid addiction. Not a day goes by in my role at FDA without hearing stories of the emotional, physical, and financial toll this epidemic is taking on Americans. … Continue reading →
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