'Like A Flu Shot' For Addiction Crisis - Training High School Students as Recovery Coaches

The opioid epidemic has hit rural West Virginia hard, one school created the "life and recovery coach academy" to educate students on administering opioid overdose reversal medications and on how to help those struggling with substance use disorders.
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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New largescale study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found overprescription of opioids by dentists common, particularly to patients at high risk for substance abuse, and that almost 1/3 of patients received more powerful drugs than neededElsevierIMAGE: In this cross-sectional analysis of 542,958 dental visits by adult patients, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 2 opioid prescriptions exceeded the recommended morphine equivalents and days'supply for...viewmore Credit: Michelle S. Woods Ann Arbor, February 4, 2020 - Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescrib...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - Category: Dentistry Source Type: news
If you were to sum up the overall health of a nation in one single number, what would that be? At the top of the list, you would likely find average life expectancy — the total number of years, on average, that a person in a country can expect to live. Wars, famine, and economic crises are expected to lower life expectancy. Breakthroughs in science, strong economies, and behaviors like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding tobacco typically raise average life expectancy. An amazing rise, a surprising fall Between 1959 and 2014, the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in life expectancy, whic...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Health Health care disparities Men's Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs
The opioid overdose epidemic kills about 130 people a day in the United States and it is estimated that there are about 2.1 million people who suffer from an opioid use disorder (OUD). Academic neuroscientists, psychiatrists and the National Institute of Drug Abuse have spent the last forty-years establishing the foundation of addiction as a brain disorder. It is now clear that extended opioid use causes multiple important and at times, irreversible changes to the brain, especially to its dopamine and opioid systems.
Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
The United States continues to face a public heatlh crisis of epic proportion, with over 500,000 deaths from opioid overdoses since 2000. Medications for opioid use disorder, like buprenorphine, offer patients an effective approach to cessation. Unfortunately many barriers to use of medications for opioid use disorder exist, including insufficient number of programs offering medications for opioid use disorder, inadequate number of addiction specialists to provide these medications, and stigma surrouding patients with opioid use disorders and the medications used to treat them.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
John Kapoor, CEO of Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced yesterday to 5 1/2 years in prison. That's a pretty stiff sentence, right?Well let's see now. What did he do exactly?His company sold fentanyl under the brand name Subsys. As you probably know, fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that is responsible for a high percentage of the overdose deaths in the current epidemic of opioid addiction. As a prescription drug, it was approved by the FDA only for so-called breakthrough pain in cancer patients. But Insys literally bribed doctors to prescribe it inappropriately, resulting in8,000 known deathsand countless m...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
This report from a clinical decision support (CDS) working group convened by the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network aims to converge electronic technology in the EHR with the urgent need to improve screening, identification, and treatment of OUD in primary care settings through the development of a CDS algorithm that could be implemented as a tool in the EHR. This aim is consistent with federal, state and local government and private sector efforts to improve access and quality of MOUD treatment for OUD, existing clinical quality and HEDIS measures for OUD or drug and alcohol use disorders, and with a recent draft...
Source: Addiction Science and Clinical Practice - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addict Sci Clin Pract Source Type: research
Authors: Raheemullah A, Andruska N Abstract Fentanyl overdoses are growing at an alarming rate. Fentanyl is often mixed into heroin and counterfeit prescription opioid pills without the customer's knowledge and only detected upon laboratory analysis. This is problematic because fentanyl analogues like carfentanil are 10,000 times more potent than morphine and pose new challenges to opioid overdose management. A 62-year-old male with an overdose from a rare fentanyl analogue, acrylfentanyl, was given two doses of intranasal 2 mg naloxone with improvements in respiratory rate. In lieu of more naloxone, his trachea wa...
Source: Journal of Opioid Management - Category: Addiction Tags: J Opioid Manag Source Type: research
According to a new report by Orange County, California’s health care agency, the overdose deaths in Orange County have greatly surpassed that of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties and, most shockingly, all of California as a whole. The opioid crisis in Orange County has grown so much that a high concentration of treatment centers has popped up in the area hoping to combat this issue, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. In addition, the report details that the majority of state-licensed treatment centers and unregulated sober living homes are located along the c...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates opiate abuse opiate addiction opioid opioid crisis opioids orange county Source Type: blogs
Opioids are so highly addictive that they have created a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids and that more than 90 Americans die on average by opioid overdose every day. Individuals can become addicted to opioids so quickly that it can be difficult to notice when the line has been crossed over to opioid abuse. If you or your loved one is taking opioids, whether legal or illegal, make note of these signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and how to get help. How Does Opioid Abuse Begin? Opioids work by binding ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates abuse heroin heroin addiction heroin users opiate abuse opioid opioid crisis opioids prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Safer prescribing policies may take multiple years to fully implement and need to be employed across the jurisdiction to minimize doctor-shopping and adverse effects on patients with chronic pain. Approaching pain management through the social-ecological model can address potential root causes of addiction and establish a framework for doctors to provide compassionate care, community leadership, and advocacy for these patients. PMID: 31790125 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: J Am Osteopath Assoc Source Type: research
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