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A new report by the inspector general for HHS shows prescriptions to treat opioid addiction are way up in recent years, while prescriptions for the painkillers have fallen.Kaiser Health News
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US Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced a bill on Monday that would allow no more than 20 milligrams per milliliter in the liquid pods that are used in e-cigarettes.
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Two public school districts on Monday sued Juul Labs Inc, accusing the company of endangering their students and draining their resources by marketing its addictive e-cigarettes to teenagers.
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Specialist drug treatment centres are one way to tackle the problem of a 'hidden epidemic' of people dependent on prescription pills. Drugs such as opioid painkillers can be addictive.
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Several medications are proven to help people stop smoking, but few patients with tobacco use disorder are being offered them, according to addiction experts at APA ’s IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference in New York.Despite the higher rates of smoking by people with mental illness compared with those without mental illness, only a quarter of facilities that treat patients with substance use disorders in the United States offer nicotine replacement therapy or medication treatment, and two-thirds allow tobacco use on their grounds, explained session chair Michael Brus, M.D., a clinical instructor of psychiatry a...
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe purpose of this review is to examine the impact of the opioid epidemic in adolescents and young adults and recent findings regarding the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in pediatric medical settings.Recent FindingsExisting guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain in adults are not intended to be applied to adolescents, who arguably may need different interventions that balance the need to mitigate the long-term impact of chronic pain with the need to limit opioid misuse. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment is an important upstream strategy to prevent opioid misus...
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Read CNN's Fast Facts about the opioid crisis and learn about the epidemic of addiction to painkillers.
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Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic
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Each week brings a new story of some calamity brought by vaping. In late July, a Connecticut man filed suit against e-cigarette giant Juul Labs after suffering a massive stroke. The suit alleges that he became addicted while he was still a high schooler, even though the company says it is specifically taking action to prevent young people from trying the product. In August, an Illinois patient died after vaping, succumbing to a mysterious respiratory illness; news broke teens in the Midwest hospitalized with severe and unexplained respiratory symptoms; and the FDA announced that that it was investigating the relationship b...
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The use of imaging in the emergency department (ED) to diagnose conditions...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: DTI-MRI shows drinking affects young men and women differently fMRI finds brain alterations in gaming addiction ARRS: DTI-MRI shows brain damage from cocaine use Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function
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While the CDC and many health groups have been obsessed with youth e-cigarette use, an even more troubling epidemic has been spreading among our nation ’s youth. In contrast to the e-cigarette use explosion, which has not caused any significant disease or deaths, this other, ignored epidemic has caused hundreds of youth to develop life-threatening respiratory failure and has been responsible for 13 deaths.What is this “other” vaping epidemic?It ’s not vaping of e-cigarettes. It’s the vaping of marijuana.In my analysis of data from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, I found that the majori...
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