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Family accuses doctor of fueling guitarist's opioid addiction before he died

Matthew Roberts was found dead in 2016 from a drug overdose
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The devastating opioid epidemic is one of the largest public health problems facing the U.S. Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid use disorder. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers. A 2015 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people who are addicted to painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. The epidemic actually began more than three decades ago. In 1980, crack and cocaine addiction contributed to the thousands of overdose deaths, whereas now people die from pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. In ...
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(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A project that identified and tested a bioinformatics program that can help identify underreported suicides linked to drug overdoses was awarded the first-place distinction at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) -- the world's largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Friends of NIDA, a coalition that supports NIDA's mission.
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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 ...
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See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight NLM @ MLA 2018: attending the Medical Library Association conference in Atlanta, GA? Stop by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit booth 145 to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. You can also talk to MAR staff at the booth about funding, training, and current initiatives! Sunday, May 20 from 1:00-2:00 PM: Executive Director Kate Flewelling Monday, May 21 from 10:00-10:30 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM: Acade...
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In a May 14  blog post, Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb expressed concern about the effect the  nation ’s restrictive policy towards the manufacture and prescription of opioids is having on patients with chronic pain conditions. This is one of the first signs that someone in the administration has taken note of the unintended consequences of this misguided policy—a policy that is based upon the false narrative that the overdose crisis is primarily the result of doctors prescribing opioids to patients in pain.In response to a wide range of public input solicited by th...
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In response to the current opioid crisis, the National Library of Medicine partnered with Healthy Roads Media to produce a collection of materials that teach people about opioids and opioid misuse. The collection of Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources has 22 easy-to-read handouts, videos, and audio recordings in English and Spanish. Opioids Basics Pain Prescription opioid medicines Opioid pain medication management What you should know if your child is prescribed opioids for pain Getting rid of unused opioids Opioid addiction What is drug addiction? Why do people take drugs? Opioids and the brain Why do some people be...
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When medical examiners conclude that the cause of death is opioid overdose, they rely primarily on the opioid blood concentration level in comparison to a pre-determined “fatal” cutoff. This approach is potentially inaccurate; the fatal ranges used are wide, and they overlap significantly with the ranges for living opioid users.Numerous fatal ranges have been quoted for methadone:220-3040 μg/L (mean, 1371),320-2980 μg/L (mean, 772), and600-3000 μg/L. Baselt’sDisposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man found fatal levels of 400-1800 μg/L (mean, 1000) and 60-3100μg/L (mean, 280). The...
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Opioid use ? even short term ? can lead to addiction and, too often, overdose. Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction. Your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role, but it's impossible to predict who's vulnerable to eventual dependence on and abuse of these drugs. [...]
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This report describes the expansion of SSPs in Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia during 2013-August 1, 2017. State-level data on the number of SSPs, client visits, and services offered were collected by each state through surveys of SSPs and aggregated in a standard format for this report. In 2013, one SSP operated in a free clinic in West Virginia, and SSPs were illegal in Kentucky and North Carolina; by August 2017, SSPs had been legalized in Kentucky and North Carolina, and 53 SSPs operated in the three states. In many cases, SSPs provide integrated services to address hepatitis and human immunodeficiency viru...
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Many states have taken the cue from the federal government and started their own investigation and research into opioids and the way opioids affect their particular state. Recently, Oklahoma joined the ranks of the states who have not just looked into the situation, but also went so far as to pass legislation to stymy the state’s opioid epidemic. One of the pieces of legislation passed was Senate Bill 1446, which asks the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to require continuing medical education (CME) for prescribers on opioid abuse and misuse, and also restricts initial prescriptions for opioids to...
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