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Opioid Overdoses & Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals

Medical costs jumped more than $30,000 per patient in less than 10 years, study finds
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U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 11/30/2017 This two-hour, 30-minute Congressional hearing discusses the current opioid crisis, with providers, public safety officials, and state health officials who are on the front lines fighting the epidemic, speak to what is happening on the ground, and what more Congress can do to help them address the crisis. Topics include Rhode Island's Strategic Plan to Address Opioid Addiction and Overdose, which recommended specific, evidence-based strategies in four areas: prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery. (Video or Multimedia)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: news
In the last half of 2016, fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, was detected in 56.3% of the opioid overdose deaths in the 10 states that make up the CDC ’s Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance program, according to a recent CDCreport.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
On December 5, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the opioid epidemic and the possible role that Congress could play in the prevention, treatment, and recovery. Senator Roy Blunt, the Subcommittee Chairman, opened the hearing by discussing the fact that overdose related deaths outnumber the deaths at the peak of the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Overdose deaths have also overtaken automobile accident fatalities to become the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Senator Blunt also spoke about the three propos...
Source: Policy and Medicine - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Conditions:   Opioid Dependence;   Opioid Intoxication;   Substance Use Disorders Interventions:   Behavioral: Active treatment referral of opioid overdose survivors to long-term treatment;   Behavioral: Control Sponsor:   Anders C Håkansson Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
INTRODUCTION: Vancouver, Canada is experiencing an opioid overdose crisis where fentanyl, a potent, synthetic opioid contaminating the illicit drug supply, has been detected in the majority of fatal overdose cases. Despite its growing presence throughout N...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Report provides an overview of state legislation setting guidelines for, or limits on, opioid prescriptions.
Source: HSR Information Central - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
We describe the articles and commentaries thematically to include topics that address 1) the contemporary history of methadone maintenance, 2) the provision of and access and barriers to MAT, 3) compliance and outcomes of MAT, 4) health issues among MAT patients, 5) race, ethnicity, and social class backgrounds of MAT patients, 6) criminalization and stigma, and 7) challenges associated with the expansion of MAT. PMID: 29220615 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Substance Use and Misuse - Category: Addiction Tags: Subst Use Misuse Source Type: research
We report two cases of hypoglycaemia; one with apparently spontaneous hypoglycaemia and one with presumed insulin overdose. In both cases insulin concentration was normal when measured with the Roche immunoassay, but elevated when remeasured with the Advia Centaur immunoassay and a diagnosis of hypoglycaemia secondary to insulin analogue administration was made. These cases highlight that physicians need to understand the binding characteristics of the insulin immunoassay they use.
Source: Internal Medicine Journal - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Brief Communication Source Type: research
Here's the most clicked-on item we featured from NEJM Group in the past week, in case you missed it the first time around: NEJM...
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Research in Veterinary Science, Volume 117 Author(s): Michele Barletta, Erik H. Hofmeister, John F. Peroni, Merrilee Thoresen, Alexandra M. Scharf, Jane E. Quandt The purpose of this study was to determine if dexmedetomidine administered IV prior to euthanasia in sheep affected the speed or quality of euthanasia. Twenty clinically healthy Dorset-cross adult ewes between 1 and 3years of age were enrolled in a randomized blinded experimental trial. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive dexmedetomidine 5μg/kg IV or an equivalent volume of saline. Five minutes later, euthanasia ...
Source: Research in Veterinary Science - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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