What's the Best Way to Administer the Opioid OD Antidote?

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 -- In the midst of a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, knowing how to quickly administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone could save a life. Now, research finds that delivering naloxone via nasal spray could be the quickest and...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

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The objective of the study was to understand the epidemiology of hospitalizations related to a diagnosis of opi...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Opioid-involved drug overdose deaths have been a growing concern in the United States for several decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified several strategies to address the opioid overdose epidemic, including increased availability of and access to medication-assisted treatment and guidance on safer opioid prescribing practices. Telehealth offers the potential for increasing access and availability to these strategies, and laws governing telehealth have implications for their utilization. To understand how state telehealth laws intersect with the opioid overdose epidemic, we conducted a legal mapp...
Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Research Reports: Research Brief Report Source Type: research
Discussion: The RI Department of Health was able to successfully pilot a multidisciplinary review process for overdose deaths and has recently institutionalized this process through legislation. The successful implementation of many of the team's community-oriented recommendations, supported through a minigrant process, highlights the impact that small financial investments can have to address the opioid epidemic and may be a model for other jurisdictions seeking to advance recommendations from these types of reviews.
Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Research Reports: Practice Full Report Source Type: research
COVID-19: Courtesy of NIAID The precarious intersection of the COVID-19 national health emergency and the concurrent epidemic of drug overdose deaths is outlined in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part...
Source: NIDA News - Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, Methamphetamine, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Tobacco Source Type: news
Last year, when I visited the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), people did not shake hands. Bottles of disinfectant and buckets of chlorinated water were at the entrance of every business. Misinformation spread across social networks and on news-sites, and treatment centers in the northeastern province of North Kivu were being attacked by armed militias. At the time, Beni was one of the centers of a devastating Ebola outbreak, the second most deadly in world history. According to the World Health Organization, almost 3,500 people were sickened by the virus, and more than 2,000 died, a case fatali...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
In the United States, many jurisdictions have enacted laws aimed at increasing naloxone availability and utilization by first responders and laypersons to combat the opioid epidemic. While there is evidence of some success of such laws in mitigating overdose deaths, the impact on donor organ availability has not been studied.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: (910) Source Type: research
The overprescribing of opioid pain relievers (OPR) has led to a significant increase in opioid addiction and overdose. A cornerstone of combating the opioid epidemic is the development of peri-operative evidence based guidelines to standardize OPR prescribing practices and of opioid sparing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols. ERAS has been found to reduce the volume of OPR prescribed while improving outcomes and overall patient satisfaction in adult gynecologic and multiple pediatric surgical specialties.
Source: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
We present a case series to illustrate a new treatment paradigm utilizing front line EMS Paramedic units and high dose buprenorphine to treat withdrawal symptoms with next day bridge to long term care. The three patients described are exemplary cases, meant to represent overall characteristics of the intervention prior to complete data collection. Each patient was revived from opioid overdose with naloxone. Paramedics then treated each patient with 16 mg of buprenorphine to relieve and prevent withdrawal symptoms. Patients were provided with outpatient follow up irrespective of ED transport. To the best of our knowl...
Source: Prehospital Emergency Care - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Prehosp Emerg Care Source Type: research
Over 2 million Americans misuse prescription or illicitly obtained opioids, and opioid overdose deaths rose to a record 47,600 in 2017, representing a nearly 600% increase in 18  years (1,2). Because patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are often socioeconomically and functionally marginalized, the primary point of contact with health care for many is the emergency department (ED). Emergency clinicians are therefore ideally positioned to address the current opioid addic tion and overdose epidemic by preventing the development of OUD, identifying patients affected by OUD, and initiating the most effective treatments...
Source: The Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: AAEM Position Paper Source Type: research
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