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Opioid crisis impacts ICUs with more admissions, deaths

(American Thoracic Society) The opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths from opioid overdoses, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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Minister focuses remarks on three of the country's most vulnerable groups — Indigenous Peoples, those addicted to opioids and at risk of dying of an overdose, and young people with mental health issues.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada's doctors have a major role to play in improving the health of the country's most vulnerable populations, including those at risk for a fatal overdose due to rampant opioid use and abuse, a crisis she characterized as a national public health emergency.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news
Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Mrs. Peterson’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later when Joanne discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. Today her son is in long term recovery. She designed LTC to offer families the support, education, resources and hope that her family would have benefited from.   Fu...
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The 20-year opioid overdose epidemic confronting our nation has continued unabated largely because of an uncoordinated response that has over emphasized supply-side interventions (i.e. prescriber guidelines, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, law enforcement) rather than dramatically increasing access to evidence-based treatment as occurred in other Western nations with great success. The White House’s Opioid Commission (chaired by Governor Chris Christie, R-NJ) in declaring a national emergency and breaking with this failed tradition offers much hope for stemming the overdose death rate. The Opioid Commission&rs...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Featured Public Health Quality Opioid Addiction opioid epidemic Source Type: blogs
SUPPLEMENTS are already confusing enough - from knowing which ones to take, to differentiating between types with similar names. But popping the wrong one can have negative consequences, particularly when it comes to omega-3 and omega-6.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
The Bacillus Calmette –Guérin (BCG) vaccine protects against disseminated tuberculosis (TB) and TB meningitis and is one of the most widely used vaccines worldwide. BCG has been included in the national immunization program in Taiwan since 1965.1 Since then, healthy neonates in Taiwan were immunized 24 h after birth with the Tokyo-172–based BCG vaccine until 2016, when the recommended BCG immunization timing was changed to 5–8 months of age.
Source: Pediatrics and Neonatology - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research
Conclusions The combined in vitro and in silico approach provides mechanistic insight regarding the potential for loperamide to generate cardiotoxicity in overdose situations. This strategy holds promise for improving cardiac safety assessment.
Source: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
The rate of deaths related to fentanyl overdoses in US cities increased 600 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis. The problem is particularly bad in East Coast cities.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
North America is currently in the grips of a crisis rooted in the use of licit and illicit opioid-based analgesics. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Canada and the US, and the growing ...
Source: Harm Reduction Journal - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
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