Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these...
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Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.(Image credit: Salwan Georges/Washington Post/Getty Images)
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Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.(Image credit: Salwan Georges/Washington Post/Getty Images)
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New CDC report shows epidemic cuts across racial, ethnic lines.
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The opioid epidemic has expanded the cardiac donor pool, but the concern for primary graft dysfunction (PGD) remains a barrier to wider utilization of these hearts. We analyzed donor characteristics in transplanted and discarded cardiac allografts from overdosed donors (ODD) to determine if viable ODD hearts are being unnecessarily discarded due to inappropriate bias.
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The US Food and Drug Administration granted Purdue Pharma's experimental opioid overdose drug fast-track designation. According to Purdue, its drug, nalmefene hydrochloride injection, has a longer effect than naloxone, another opioid antagonist that is approved to reverse overdoses.
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We examined the level of trust people who use drugs (PWUD) have in their drug dealers as well as their perspectives on the potential ...
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In this study, we evaluate the efficacy of an educational intervention on opioid prescriptions following tonsillectomy and hernia repair.
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Deaths from opioid overdoses have increased dramatically over the last decade. In 2017, the latest year for which the U.S. government has statistics on the trend, more than 47,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses. One major factor contributing to the rising number of people who get addicted to opioids and die from overdoses is the increasing number of prescriptions written by doctors to treat pain. Overdose deaths related to such prescriptions increased five times from 1999 to 2017. But according to the latest study looking at opioid prescribing patterns, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, recent efforts t...
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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and two other drugmakers on Friday lost a bid to delay a landmark trial set for May in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by Oklahoma's attorney general accusing them of helping fuel an opioid abuse and overdose epidemic in the state.
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