Heroin use is down in the US, other drug use is up as the addiction epidemic rages on, experts warn

The number of new heroin users in the US fell significantly from 2016 to 2017, the National Survey on Drug Use and Heath revealed - but experts caution we are still in the thick of an addiction crisis.
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Authors: Lee B, Sodhi N, Anis HK, Ehiorobo JO, Mont MA Abstract INTRODUCTION: There has been a rapid increase in opioid-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, and the dangers of excessive opioid use have been observed in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, including those diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. Pain management is an important component of nonoperative treatment in knee osteoarthritis and frequently entails the use of opioids. However, this management technique is not without risks, such as addiction, morbidity, and mortality. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to review the existing l...
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Jami Scheetz knew that her 15-year-old son, Devon, needed help. His grades were slipping and he had been caught vaping at school so many times that he was on the brink of being expelled. Last fall, at the start of his freshman year, Devon’s school even sent him to the hospital for drug testing after getting in trouble once again. In the emergency room, Devon finally admitted it: He was addicted. “He said to me, ‘Mom, I can’t quit on my own. I need help,'” Scheetz says. E-cigarettes are illegal for people younger than 18 (and in some states, 21) but that hasn’t stopped teens from vaping i...
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Here is my point-by-point response to several of the statements made in thepress release issued by City Attorney Herrera announcing the introduction of legislation to ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco:" City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton today announced joint steps to curb the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which has erased more than a decade ’s worth of progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. "The “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use has not “erased” progress in reducing youth tobacco consumption. The gains in r...
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As the vaping epidemic continues, Yale Medicine researchers point to well-known health risks associated with nicotine.
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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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Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug. There are many others. While we are focused on the opioid epidemic, the abuse of benzos is growing in the U.S. as well. I see many clients who have been prescribed a benzo for anxiety. It is very easy to develop a tolerance, become addicted, and then have worst symptoms than the ones being treated to begin with during withdrawal.
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Can we use technology to better fight drug addiction? This CEO is focused on ending the "totally unacceptable" human toll of the opioid epidemic. He's got a fresh $25 million in the bank to hire and expand.
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Just as snow begins to hit the windshield, Stuart Masula pulls his blue Ford pickup into a half-empty medical plaza parking lot. He hops out and heads to the RV trailer hitched to the back, flipping on a generator along the way.
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A tremendous treatment gap exists for the care of persons with opioid use disorder. The vast majority of waivered practitioners, more than 90%, are in urban United States counties. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of July 2016 enabled nurse practitioners to help fill that gap by prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Free training is available for nurse practitioners who can play a key part in stemming the opioid epidemic in the US by obtaining a Drug Enforcement Administration waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, which is a mainstay treatment for opioid addiction.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced a renewed effort to hold retailers accountable for selling e-cigarettes to kids and teenagers, as part of its ongoing campaign against youth vaping. E-cigarettes are not legally available to anyone younger than 18 in the U.S. Nonetheless, youth use is a prevalent issue in the U.S., with 37% of high school seniors saying they had vaped in 2018. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has called vaping among teenagers an “epidemic,” pointing to health risks such as nicotine addiction and later use of combustible cigarettes and other tobacco products, and has ...
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