Crisis under the radar: illicit amphetamine use is reaching epidemic proportions and contributing to resource over-utilization at a level 1 trauma center - Gemma VA, Chapple KA, Goslar PW, Israr S, Petersen SR, Weinberg JA.

INTRODUCTION: Trauma centers reported illicit amphetamine use in approximately 10% of trauma admissions in the previous decade. From experience at a trauma center located in a southwestern metropolis, our perception is that illicit amphetamine use is on th...
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IMPORTANCE: Opioid prescriptions for treatment of pain in emergency departments (EDs) are associated with long-term opioid use. The temporal pattern of opioid prescribing in the context of the opioid epidemic remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To examine ...
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At midnight on Thursday March 26, all of South Africa went into lockdown. For the next 21 days, no one is to leave their homes unless they are going to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical help. No dog walking, no jogging, no food delivery services. Only essential workers are exempt, and that list is small. When President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on March 23, a week after shutting the nation’s schools, there were only 402 confirmed COVID-19 cases. But it was essential, he said, to “flatten the curve” before widespread outbreaks overwhelmed the country’s fragile medical sys...
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Addiction experts are calling the coronavirus pandemic a national relapse trigger. Online support groups, doctors and even federal agencies are rushing to aid people in recovery.
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Background: The opioid epidemic continues to challenge the United States, fueled by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. All stakeholders involved in fighting the opioid epidemic, from medical providers to policy makers, will benefit from understanding ...
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With the rise of the opioid epidemic, stories of addiction and its casualties feature prominently in the media with unprecedented frequency. According to the CDC, in 2016, more than 60,000 individuals died of drug overdose. Though we would like to imagine that this modern-day plague has left youths untouched, research suggests otherwise. According to the authors of Brief Interventions for Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Use, “when considering substance use etiology and interventions, one obvious reason to focus on adolescence is because that’s where the drugs are” (p 17).
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BACKGROUND: North America remains in the midst of an escalating opioid overdose epidemic, largely driven by the influx of synthetic opioids such a fentanyl and related analogues. High rates of mental illness among substance-using populations have been well...
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Background: To address the alarming rise in opioid overdose deaths, states have increased public access to the overdose reversal medication, naloxone. While some studies suggest that increased naloxone accessibility reduces opioid overdose deaths, o...
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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome, as it is closely related to obesity, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance [1]. Accordingly, the prevalence of NAFLD and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), NAFLD ’s later evolutive stage, are increasing at the same pace as obesity becomes a global epidemic. In fact, today, NAFLD is considered to be the number one cause of chronic liver disease worldwide [2-4]. As no specific drugs have yet been approved for NAFLD, at present, the only effective treatment i s weight loss through diet and exercise.
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This article originally appeared on the HJLuks site here. The post COVID-19 Update: A Message From Concerned Physicians appeared first on The Health Care Blog.
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