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In 2015 there were 33,091 opioid-related deaths in the US. Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. ER visits and opioid overdose-related deaths have more than quadrupled in the last 15 years. September is National Recovery Month. Join us this Friday for a Twitter chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss opioid use disorder and ways to prevent and treat it. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NINDS Director Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, special guest American Society of Addiction Medicine, and several other NIH and HHS components will be responding to questions about the opioid crisis and how the government is working to combat it. Use #OpioidAwareChat to join and help promote. September 29, 11:00am -Noon PT.  
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Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news
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Source: HSR Information Central - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Keith Humphreys' Comment in The Lancet (July 29, 2017, p 437)1 describes the main drivers of the opioid crisis in the USA and advocates for global restriction of prescription opioids as an effective public health response to addressing the overdose epidemic. We argue that although the dominant narrative about the opioid crisis circulating around careless prescribing and unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies has some merit, it does not tell the whole story of the epidemic of opioid addiction in North America because it occurs among medical and non-medical opioid users.
Source: LANCET - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
I agree with Mohammad Karamouzian and Thomas Kerr that “restricting access to prescription opioids for opioid-naive populations should be included in the primary strategies” in response to the epidemic of opioid overdose and addiction, as discussed in my Comment.1 Karamouzian and Kerr are also correct to note that people currently taking opioids wil l require different clinical and policy strategies. For example, some people with chronic pain conditions will need to remain on their medication indefinitely because the net costs and benefits of doing so are favourable.
Source: LANCET - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
Conditions:   Opioid-use Disorder;   IV Drug Usage;   Overdose;   Drug Addiction;   Substance Use Disorders Intervention:   Other: self-administered, e-health application Sponsor:   University of Cincinnati Enrolling by invitation
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Health experts have an intriguing suggestion for reducing opioid overdoses and deaths — asking doctors to prescribe bigger doses of the powerful painkillers.It may sound counterintuitive, but providing more pain relief to patients right away might allow them to stop taking the pills sooner. And...
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - Category: Science Authors: Source Type: news
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsRecent involuntary drug treatment in Mexico is a risk factor for non‐fatal drug overdose.
Source: Addiction - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Research Report Source Type: research
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