Gabapentin in mixed drug fatalities: does this frequent analyte deserve more attention? - Finlayson G, Chavarria M, Chang S, Gardner T, Grande A, MacCallum C, DeJong JL, Quesnelle K.

From 2000 to 2014, drug overdose deaths increased 137% in the United States, and 61% of these deaths included some form of opiate. The vast majority of opiate-related drug fatalities include multiple drugs, although there is scant data quantitatively descr...
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CONCLUSION: Although pain perception has multiple complex influences, the greatest variability seen in response to opioids among postoperative patients known to date can be traced to genetic differences in opioid metabolism. Further study is needed to determine the clinical significance of these genetic associations. PMID: 29791710 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Surgical Technology International - Category: Surgery Tags: Surg Technol Int 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 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: While naloxone, the overdose reversal medication, has been available for decades, factors associated with its availability through pharmacies remain unclear. Studies suggest that policy and pharmacist beliefs may impact availability. Indiana pa...
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BACKGROUND: The opioid overdose crisis in the United States continues to worsen. Opioid overdose mortality is entirely preventable with timely administration of naloxone. Since 2001, many states have passed laws to create an enabling environment for the im...
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A case demonstrating the necessity of thorough death investigation processes where toxicology plays an active role is presented. A 33-year-old white man presented to the emergency room in respiratory distress after an overdose episode where he was revived ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Since 2013, North America has experienced a sharp increase in unintentional fatal overdoses: fentanyl, and its analogues, are believed to be primarily responsible. Currently, the most practical means for people who use drugs (PWUD) to avoid or mitigate ris...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Alcoholism&Drug Abuse Weekly,Volume 30, Issue 20, Page 5-5, 21 May 2018.
Source: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
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 ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Recovery Research Substance Abuse Treatment Disease Model Drug Abuse Harm Reduction Heroin Addiction intravenous drug abuse Mayor Bill de Blasio Naloxone nee Source Type: blogs
The opioid overdose crisis, which has contributed to hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths in the United States, continues to worsen (Rudd et al., 2016a). Over 2.5 million Americans are estimated to have an opioid use disorder that puts them at higher risk of opioid overdose (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2015), and in 2016, drug overdose claimed the lives of more than 64,000 Americans – more than were lost in any year during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (Dowell et al., 2017; NIH/NIDA, 2017).
Source: Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Full length article Source Type: research
The opioid epidemic is a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the United States (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015). The epidemic has hit people experiencing homelessness particularly hard —in fact, in Massachusetts, overdose - primarily from opioids - is the leading cause of death in that population (Baggett et al., 2013). Research has shown that Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), which consists of comprehensive outpatient services including medication for OUD treatment, often i ntegrated with voluntary behavioral therapies within a primary care setting—has similar outcom...
Source: Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Full length article Source Type: research
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