U.S. emergency rooms see 30% jump in opioid overdoses as crisis worsens
Emergency rooms across the United States saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the country's drug crisis is worsening.
Yesterday,WBUR in Boston reported on a simple technology that could reduce the number of opioid deaths: fentanyl test strips. The strips can be used by drug users to test for the presence of fentanyl in drugs they buy on the street. A Brown University study found that,Sixty-two percent of young adult drug users who participated in the study in Rhode Island dipped the thin, pliable strips into the cooker where they heated the powder, or into their urine sometime after injecting. Half reported a positive result — a single dark pink line emerging on the strip — signaling fentanyl.Most changed their routine as a re...
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Publication date: November 2018Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 39, Issue 11Author(s): David H. Epstein, Markus Heilig, Yavin ShahamThe epidemic of addiction and overdose is real. Addiction among pain patients accounts for only a small proportion but a large number. Scientific opinion leaders can be most effective on two fronts, each relatively low-tech: dissemination and oversight of empirically established treatments, and promulgation of social-science-based strategies for population-level prevention.
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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- Fast-acting test strips for fentanyl could reduce drug overdose deaths, a new study suggests. " Test strips could be a lifesaving intervention for many young adults who use drugs, " said study leader Brandon Marshall, of...
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ConclusionHemolysis and icterus had insignificant interference on the Syva EMIT® and the DRI® assays for the analysis of acetaminophen, but significant interference effect on the Roche assay. On the other hand lipemia interfered less markedly with the Roche assay. The effect of hemolysis, icterus and lipemia should always be considered. Cautions are warranted when interpreting results for the potential false positive results in the presence of hemolysis and icterus at the concentrations evaluated in this study.
(Brown University) A Brown University study found that many young adults who tried fentanyl test strips reduced overdose risk by using less, going slower or using with someone else present.
We examined the uptake and acceptability of rapid fentanyl test strips among young adults.