Improved Emergency Medicine Physician Attitudes Towards Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder Following Naloxone Kit Training

Every day in the United States, 130 people die of opioid-related causes [1]. In 2017, there were 47,600 overdose deaths related to opioids, which accounted for approximately two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths that year [2]. Patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who present to emergency departments are especially vulnerable, as they are at higher risk for fatal overdose, trauma and suicide, than patients not seen in emergency departments [4,5,32,33]. Despite the need for increased hospital engagement in mortality-reducing efforts, it stands that many physicians are unfamiliar with addiction treatment best practices and also generally hold negative attitudes towards patients with substance use disorders (SUDs).
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition ...
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Life expectancy among people living in the United States has fallen in recent years, driven in part by an uptick in deaths among young and middle-aged adults from drug overdose, alcohol consumption, and suicide, according to areport published today inJAMA.“The implications of increasing midlife mortality are broad, affecting working-age adults and thus employers, the economy, health care, and national security. The trends also affect children, whose parents are more likely to die in midlife and whose own health could be at risk when they reach that age, or sooner,” wrote Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., and Heidi Sc...
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ConclusionsCause of death of the male corpse was deemed to be due to heroin intoxication as the blood concentration of morphine was more than the lethal concentration with a morphine/codeine ratio of more than 1:1. Methomyl intoxication of the male corpse was unlikely to be the cause of death because methomyl systemic blood concentration was found to be very low,
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Publication date: Available online 21 October 2019Source: Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Jack E. Henningfield, Oliver Grundmann, Jane K. Babin, Reginald V. Fant, Daniel W. Wang, Edward J. ConeAbstractKratom use appears to be increasing across the United States, increasing attention to deaths in which kratom use was detected. Most such deaths have been ascribed to fentanyl, heroin, benzodiazepines, prescription opioids, cocaine and other causes (e.g., homicide, suicide and various preexisting diseases). Because kratom has certain opioid-like effects (e.g., pain relief), and is used by some people as a substitute for opioids ...
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Source: American Journal on Addictions - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Addict Source Type: research
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