'This is a disaster': Overdose deaths nearly doubled in Prince George in 2018, report reveals

There were 46 illicit drug overdose deaths in 2018, up from 24 in 2017, according to the B.C. Coroners Service — giving the city the second highest overdose death rate in the province after Vancouver.
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Donna Davis, a licensed practical nurse, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came across a man who overdose on heroin. After administering Narcan and performing CPR, he began breathing again.
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Conclusions: The primary goal of pharmacodynamic monitoring is to optimize the response, but it can also have an impact on safety, costs, patient adherence, etc. Ideally, the constant remote monitoring of patient-reported disease activity is expected to become the standard, facilitated by mHealth technologies.
Source: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Review Articles: Focus on Pharmacodynamic Drug Monitoring Source Type: research
(University of Texas at San Antonio) James Bray, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Psychology, is working on a research project with agencies in Houston to train first responders in how to detect prescription opioid overdoses and provide life-saving outreach services.
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Conclusions: Bivariate mapping can enable geographic targeting of resources to address the opioid crisis and related infectious disease by identifying areas with low LHD services relative to high disease burden.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
PMID: 30884508 [PubMed - in process]
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Today ’s Wall Street Journal reports that, just as overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers are showing signs of leveling off, officials worry that the surge in methamphetamine-related deaths is joining the surge in fentanyl-related deaths to fuel the total drug overdose rate. There were  1887 meth-related deaths reported in 2011. By 2017 more than 10,000 deaths were reported related to meth and other chemically-similar psychostimulants.The Drug Enforcement Administration has seen a 118 percent increase in meth seizures by law enforcement between 2010 and 2017. The met...
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Ontario Provincial Police are extolling the virtues of the opioid antidote naloxone after using it to save a woman’s life when she overdosed twice in 24 hours over the weekend.
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The United States uses a third of the world's opioids but a fifth of Americans still say they suffer from chronic pain. The only demonstrable effect of two decades of widespread prescription of opioids has been catastrophic harm. With more than 47,000 Americans dying of opioid overdoses in 2017 and hundreds of thousandsmore addicted to them, it was recently reported that, for the first time, Americans were more likely to die of opioids than of car accidents.This has forced many to take a step back and ponder the very nature of pain, to understand how best to alleviate it.The ancient Greeks considered pain a passion &md...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
We present two patients who were treated for an intentional overdose of sodium nitrite. When ingested sodium nitrite leads to severe methaemoglobinaemia, resulting in severe hypoxia (as methaemoglobin does not transport oxygen), vasodilation and hypotensio...
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A new study suggests that doctors treating drug overdose cases should be on the lookout for abnormal brain swelling, which can be treated if discovered early.
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