Youth Access to Naloxone: The Next Frontier?

Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control point to a potential slowing of the number of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. for the first time since 1990 [1]. Although this suggests that we may at last be seeing positive impacts of some of the public health measures deployed across the country, several important gaps remain to be filled. For instance, although the number of prescriptions for naloxone —currently the only proven and readily accessible overdose reversal medication [2]—has increased tremendously, it remains 69 times lower than the number of high-potency opioid prescriptions filled [3].
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

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BACKGROUND: We examine racial disparities in drug overdose death rates by analyzing trends in fatal and nonfatal overdose outcomes in a large metropolitan area (Indianapolis, Indiana). METHODS: Death certificate and toxicology records for accidenta...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
ConclusionsA model for predicting fatal opioid overdoses was developed using Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data. Given the recent national epidemic of deaths involving heroin and fentanyl, it is noteworthy that the model performed equally well in identifying those at risk for overdose deaths from both illicit and prescription opioids.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
This article represents the findings from the queries over the first three months ’ queries and brings further clarity to our initial findings.Methods This quality improvement (QI) project was reviewed and approved by the Orlando Health/UFHealth Cancer Center Joint Oncology Committee for 2018-19. We began recording results of all E-FORSCE queries occurring after the law ’s implementation of July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. We informed each patient that the PDMP query had become mandatory in Florida, and we discussed the results of each query with each patient. Each query examined the last 12 months of t...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: kollas opioid pain quality improvement statte Source Type: blogs
The Oregon Health Authority on Monday announced the launch of Reverse Overdose Oregon, which connects employers to training and tools to recognize when someone is overdosing on opioids and to administer naloxone, an overdose reversal medication. “Most workplaces are already equipped with fire extinguishers and AEDs,” said OHA Chief Medical Director Dr. Dana Hargunani. “We hope this pilot project will inspire more employers to build life-saving naloxone into the way they prepare for emergencies…
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OBJECTIVES: Dramatic increases in opioid and drug overdose mortality have occurred in the United States (US) over the past two decades. To address this national public health crisis and identify gaps in the literature, we analyzed recent empirical trends i...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
This study shows drug abuse treatment admissions and overdose deaths have increased since the founding of Craigslist.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
OBJECTIVES: To examine trends in polysubstance detection associated with drug-related overdose deaths in Connecticut. METHODS: We used 2012-2018 data provided by Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) on accidental overdose death...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
This study aimed to examine correlates of opioid overdose deaths by opioid and compare correlates between opioids. ...
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The opioid epidemic is a significant public health concern linked to chronic pain. Despite efforts to change opioid prescribing practices for chronic pain, opioid-involved overdoses remain at an all-time high. Research focused on identifying individual dif...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Forensic pathologists are requested to select matrices alternative to blood in cases of toxicological interest in which blood is not available for different reasons. We evaluated morphine concentrations in blood, bile, and liver samples in 52 cases of heroin overdoses, relating them to each other, to understand the information that could be derived from their analysis. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis was performed for all the samples positive on screening for opiates. Shapiro-Wilk test, nonparametric Mann-Whitney test, linear regression analysis, and Bland-Altman test were used for analysis. Linear regression...
Source: The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology - Category: Forensic Medicine Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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