Fentanyl deaths surged 150% last year in San Francisco last year, report reveals

Potent fentanyl has made its way to San Francisco, where 89 people fatally overdosed on the drug - often passed of for OxyContin - in 2018, new data from the city's health department reveals.
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This study demonstrates that, despite current monitoring approaches, contaminated and adulterated products are still reaching the consumer. We suggest that a better solution is stronger pre-market evaluation, using techniques such as that outlined in this study.
Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
This report uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to examine urban-rural differences in drug overdose death rates by sex, age group, and the type of drugs involved. PMID: 31442197 [PubMed - in process]
Source: NCHS data brief - Category: American Health Tags: NCHS Data Brief Source Type: research
This report describes trends in the death rates for unintentional injuries and three leading causes of deaths due to unintentional injuries (motor vehicle traffic, drug overdose, and falls) from 1999 through 2017. Given an observed increase in overall unintentional injury rates starting in 2014 (5), differences in death rates are described by urbanization level (rural, small metropolitan [metro], large fringe metro, and large central metro) for the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths for 2014 and 2017. PMID: 31442193 [PubMed - in process]
Source: NCHS data brief - Category: American Health Tags: NCHS Data Brief Source Type: research
With tensions over trade with China escalating, President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is “ordering” the U.S. postal service and express shipping companies to “SEARCH FOR &REFUSE all deliveries of fentanyl,” a deadly synthetic opioid. American officials have long blamed China for the influx of fentanyl and related drugs reaching U.S. borders — sent directly and trafficked via other countries — while federal efforts to limit (if not stop outright) their import have long been underway. ….your companies HOME and making your products in the USA. I will be responding to C...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized China Drugs White House Source Type: news
Publication date: September 2019Source: The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 6, Issue 9Author(s): Ehsan Moazen-Zadeh, Mohammad Karamouzian, Hannah Kia, Travis Salway, Olivier Ferlatte, Rod Knight
Source: The Lancet Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewMedications for addiction treatment (MAT) are the standard of care for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) and reducing overdose deaths, yet demand for MAT providers has outstripped supply in the USA. Public policy and graduate medical education (GME) leaders have called for increased focus on addiction medicine training for resident physicians to mitigate this provider gap. We sought to characterize the current state of OUD training at the GME level by reviewing published literature on GME educational interventions designed to enhance the care of patients with OUD.Recent FindingsWe identified 31 ar...
Source: Current Addiction Reports - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
Over the past decade, opioid use in the United States has increased rapidly. However, patient satisfaction with pain management has not improved. Instead, with growing number of overdose deaths, over- and misuse of opioids has been declared a public health crisis. Patients presenting for lumbar spine surgery frequently present with pain related to their spine condition, are frequently consuming opioids to treat this pain and, following surgery, this is exacerbated due to disruption of skin, muscle tissue, vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and facet joints.
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
In the late 1990s to early 2000s, concern about pain under-treatment resulted in greater numbers of prescriptions for pain medications being written across the United States. After this, according to CDC data, from 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people died from a drug overdose with approximately 68% of the more than 70,200 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 alone. Government agencies across the country have taken measures to address this alarming trend. An instrumental change occurred on October 6, 2014 when the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) rescheduled hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedul...
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
The United States is currently undergoing a major opioid crisis that has recently started to decrease its population's life expectancy due to over-mortality of its young citizens by drug overdose. Among the listed causes, physician narcotic prescriptions for both acute and chronic medical conditions are often pointed out as the main culprit for this crisis.
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating reasons for outpatient visits in the United States. Opioids are widely used for the management of low back pain. However, opioid-related overdose deaths and admissions quadrupled between the years 1999 and 2010 and the associated economic burden is estimated to be around $78.5 billion USD annually. A better understanding of contemporary prescribing practices is warranted.
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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