U.S. Overdose Deaths Have Soared During COVID - 19 Pandemic

Increase largely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl and other synthetic opioids
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Institutional, Source Type: news

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Authors: Bonn M, Palayew A, Bartlett S, Brothers TD, Touesnard N, Tyndall M Abstract People who use drugs (PWUD) face concurrent public health emergencies from overdoses, HIV, hepatitis C, and COVID-19, leading to an unprecedented syndemic. Responses to PWUD that go beyond treatment--such as decriminalization and providing a safe supply of pharmaceutical-grade drugs--could reduce impacts of this syndemic. Solutions already implemented for COVID-19, such as emergency safe-supply prescribing and providing housing to people experiencing homelessness, must be sustained once COVID-19 is contained. This pandemic is not o...
Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Category: Addiction Tags: J Stud Alcohol Drugs Source Type: research
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will have a lasting impact on public health. In addition to the direct effects of COVID-19 infection, physical distancing and quarantine interventions have indirect effects on health. While necessary, physical distancing interventions to control the spread of COVID-19 could have multiple impacts on people living with opioid use disorder, including impacts on mental health that lead to greater substance use, the availability of drug supply, the ways that people use drugs, treatment-seeking behaviors, and retention in care.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
We described the change in drug overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic in one urban emergency medical services (EMS) system. Data was collected from Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis), including EMS calls for service (CFS) for suspected overdose, CFS in which naloxone was administered, and fatal overdose data from the County Coroner ’s Office. With two sample t tests and ARIMA time series forecasting, we showed changes in the daily rates of calls (all EMS CFS, overdose CFS, and CFS in which naloxone was administered) before and after the stay-at-home order in Indianapolis. We further showed differences in the week...
Source: Journal of Urban Health - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seenevidence of increases in overdoses.
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A new report reveals that 42 US states are reporting an increase in opioid-related fatalities. Counties in states such as California and Nevada say much of it is driven by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.
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AbstractRepurposing of antirheumatic drugs has garnered global attention. The aim of this article is to overview available evidence on the use of widely used antirheumatic drugs hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate and colchicine for additional indications. Hydroxychloroquine has endothelial stabilizing and anti-thrombotic effects. Its use has been explored as an adjunctive therapy in refractory thrombosis in antiphospholipid syndrome. It may also prevent recurrent pregnancy losses in the absence of antiphospholipid antibodies. Hydroxychloroquine favourably modulates atherogenic lipid and glycaemic profiles. Methotrexate has b...
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Jeffrey A. SingerSome observers of our policy toward the coronavirus pandemiccriticize the tendency to focus on case numbers alone, when hospitalization rates and fatality rates are what really matter. And as we learn more about the COVID virus, mitigation and treatment is improving and fatalities are diminishing.Similarly, the U.S. Department of Justice ’s policy toward the overdose epidemic seems to be focused on arrests and drug interdictions, apparent in a DOJpress release today, itemizing the arrests of drug traffickers and seizures of illegal drugs that have resulted since “Operation SOS&rd...
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Data from an emergency department in Richmond suggests that the number of nonfatal opioid-related overdoses may have risen during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among people who are Black. Thefindings were published inJAMA.Taylor A. Ochalek, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and colleagues compared the number of nonfatal opioid overdoses recorded in electronic medical records from VCU ’s Emergency Department from March to June 2019 with those that occurred from March to June 2020—the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. They found nonfatal opioid overdoses incre...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: black COVID-19 emergency department JAMA nonfatal overdose opioid pandemic Source Type: research
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an surge in opioid overdose deaths, a new study confirms.Medscape Medical News
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