Opioid overdose deaths increase heart donation supply

The tragedy of the opioid epidemic has inadvertently helped fill a shortage of organs in the United States, new research shows.
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Misuse of opioids (e.g., the “opioid epidemic”) and antibiotics (e.g., the “antibiotic resistance crisis”) has become priority public health concerns. Opioid overdose has increased approximately three fold since 2000 [1]. Many opioid prescriptions are not being used as directed and proper disposal methods are frequently not being used, resulting in patient and household risk [2]. With regard to antibiotics, the CDC approximates that 2 million people/year become sick with antibiotic resistant ailments in the U.S.
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II, according to federal data—and the opioid crisis, widespread social media use and high rates of stress may be among the myriad contributing factors. In 2017, 14 out of every 100,000 Americans died by suicide, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. That’s a 33% increase since 1999, and the highest age-adjusted suicide rate recorded in the U.S. since 1942. (Rates were even higher during the Great Depression, hitting a century peak of 21.9 in 1932.) “I do...
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Demonstration grants for projects designed to to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions. Geographic coverage: Nationwide -- Bureau of Justice Assistance, Institute for Intergovernmental Research, U.S. Department of Justice
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Today ’s Seattle Times reports on the surge in methamphetamine-related deaths, noting there are more meth-related deaths than at the height of the last “meth wave” in the early 2000s. The era of the American meth lab is over a decade gone, yet pure, cheap meth is back and bigger than ever in Western Washington. When Seattle residents point to needles proliferating on sidewalks, they usually say heroin ’s to blame; however, a bigger proportion of those needles in recent years is actually from people injecting meth, according to King County syringe exchange surveys.Death rates...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has proposed new legislation that would require area health care providers to report non-fatal drug overdoses to St. Louis County's Department of Public Health.
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While federal funding is helping rural communities address the opioid epidemic, drug addictions can encompass multiple substances. In 11 states, opioids were responsible for less than half of drug overdose deaths, as use of substances like methamphetamine are on the rise.
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After years of sharp increases in fatal drug overdoses in the U.S., provisional federal data provide reason for cautious optimism. The drug overdose death rate dropped slightly between 2017 and 2018, according to the new estimates, after two decades of near-constant upticks. Between 1999 and 2017 the age-adjusted overdose mortality rate increased from 6.1 to 21.7 deaths per 100,000 people, according to federal data. According to data released June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), that number dropped to an estimated 20.8 deaths per 100,000 for the 12 ...
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DiscussionOur review will include the most up-to-date available data including ultra-potent opioids to inform the current response to the opioid epidemic, addressing the limitations of recent reviews. We anticipate limitations relating to study heterogeneity. We will disseminate study results widely to update overdose treatment guidelines and naloxone dosing in Take Home Naloxone programs.
Source: Systematic Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Safe consumption spaces (SCS) are evidence-based interventions that reduce drug-related morbidity and mortality operating in many countries. However, SCS are yet to be widely implemented in the USA despite the escalating overdose epidemic. The aim of this ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
MONDAY, June 10, 2019 -- Medical marijuana has been a beacon of hope in the opioid epidemic, with states legalizing weed in hopes that its use will cut down on fatal overdoses from painkiller use. Now, a new study is throwing cold water on that...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
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