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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INTRODUCTION: British Columbia (BC) declared a public health emergency in April 2016 in response to a rapid rise in overdose deaths. Further understanding of health care utilization is needed to inform prevention strategies for individuals who overdose fro...
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See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Check your coverage. The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community...
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Drug overdose mortality rates per year in the United States (US) nearly tripled between 1999-2014 with opioids involved in almost two-thirds of fatalities (Rudd et al., 2016). In 2016, over 60,000 drug overdose fatalities were reported throughout the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). New York City (NYC) experienced 1,374 drug overdose deaths in 2016 with 82% involving an opioid, with heroin being the most prevalent opioid involved (55%) and 44% involving fentanyl (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2017).
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Young Americans are dying in rising numbers because of drugs, alcohol and suicide, according to new federal data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) issued its annual comprehensive health and mortality report, which analyzes trends in death rates by cause and demographic. Drugs, alcohol and suicide, the report says, have contributed to the first drops in U.S. life expectancy since 1993. While U.S. life expectancy rose from 77.8 to 78.6 years between 2006 and 2016, the trend reversed during the end of the decade, leading to a 0.3-year decline between 2014 and ...
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Young Americans are dying in rising numbers because of drugs, alcohol and suicide, according to new federal data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) issued its annual comprehensive health and mortality report, which analyzes trends in death rates by cause and demographic. Drugs, alcohol and suicide, the report says, have contributed to the first drops in U.S. life expectancy since 1993. While U.S. life expectancy rose from 77.8 to 78.6 years between 2006 and 2016, the trend reversed during the end of the decade, leading to a 0.3-year decline between 2014 and ...
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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: North America's overdose epidemic is increasingly driven by fentanyl and fentanyl-adulterated drugs. Supervised consumption sites, including low-threshold models (termed Overdose Prevention Sites; OPS), are now being debated in the Uni...
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“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – Kurt Cobain I grew up in a close-knit, fairly religious family where children were seen and not heard, where mealtime meant everyone sat down together and exchanged pleasantries while enjoying the prepared-at-home repasts, complete with dessert. There was no distraction, either from television or radio, and the telephone ringing was a rare occurrence, quickly dispatched once the caller learned we were eating. In fact, nothing was so urgent back then. It was, indeed, a peacefu...
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As we follow the national opioid epidemic, with its greater than five deaths per hour from opioid overdoses, the focus is shifting to methods for limiting an individual’s exposure to these drugs. For most of us, our first contact with these highly addictive medications is after surgery. Studies now reveal that 60 percent of pills prescribed for pain after surgery go unused. These opioids often make their way to other family members, are kept for continued use by the surgical patient to maintain a feeling of euphoria, or even find their way out into the community. Limiting the number of pills and refills prescribed is...
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This study compiled and detailed recommendations from Maryland Local Overdose Fatality Review Teams (LOFRTs) to provide state and local health departments with innovative strategies to address the worsening opioid epidemic and overdose-related deaths. LOFR...
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The US is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic that has officially been declared a “public health emergency” (Gostin et al., 2017). There are multiple components to this epidemic, including excessive marketing, over-prescription and diversion of opioid analgesics, transitions from opioid analgesic use to heroin use, and transitions from oral and intranasal drug use to injectin g drug use. The increase in overdose deaths, from 17,415 in 2000 to 63,632 in 2016 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018; Hedegaard et al., 2017) may be the most dramatic indicator of the seriousness of this epidemic.
Source: Drug and Alcohol Dependence - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Full length article Source Type: research
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