Simulating the impact of addiction consult services in the context of drug supply contamination, hospitalizations, and drug-related mortality - King CA, Cook R, Wheelock H, Korthuis PT, Leahy JM, Goff A, Morris CD, Englander H.

BACKGROUND: Illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) is increasing in international drug supply chains, and IMF-related opioid overdose deaths are rising in North America. Hospitalizations among patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are also rising; and, ho...
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OBJECTIVES: Methamphetamine use is rising globally and we have limited treatments for this. Subgroups within the diverse methamphetamine-using population may have distinct treatment needs. Among a community-recruited sample of people who use crystal metham...
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Death certificates have dispelled any doubts about just how devastating the opioid epidemic is. Between May 2020 and April 2021, drug overdoses caused more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And a new analysis suggests that many of these deaths are from a somewhat surprising group: older Americans. In adults ages 55 and older, opioid overdose deaths rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, surging from 0.9 deaths per 100,000 people to 10.7, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open that analyzed two decades of data. Those numbers translate...
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Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Jan 6. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004657. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTSubstance use in pregnancy is common; nearly one of five of pregnant individuals have past-month nicotine, alcohol, or illicit substance use, and more than one in 10 meet criteria for a substance use disorder (SUD). Substance use disorders are among the most stigmatized and poorly understood medical conditions, particularly in the perinatal period. The obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) is a critical member of the health care and social support team for pregnant and postpartum individuals with SUD. Yet, many do not feel knowledgeab...
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Services for the prevention and treatment of substance misuse and substance use disorders have traditionally been delivered separately from other mental health and general health care services. Because substance misuse has traditionally been seen as a soci...
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The opioid crisis has devastated the U.S. more than any other country, and the epidemic is getting worse. While opioid prescriptions have decreased by more than 40% from its peak in 2010, unfortunately, opioid-related overdose deaths have not declined but ...
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Jeffrey A. SingerSarah Wakeman, MD is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Project and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard University Medical School. She has a wealth of experience treating addiction and has published research on thecomparative effectiveness of various treatment modalities for opioid use disorder.Dr. Wakeman recently gave aninterview to theHarvard Gazette in response to therecent news that overdose deaths for the 12 months ending April 30, 2021 reached a stunning 100,000, 75 percent of which were opioid ‐​related, with 85 percent of opioi...
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CONCLUSION: Opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants were most commonly reported in both single-drug and polydrug overdose-involved ED visits. Other drugs involved in overdoses included antidepressants and 4-aminophenol derivatives. Jurisdictions can use data on drugs involved in overdoses to better tailor prevention strategies to emerging needs.PMID:34717272 | DOI:10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107158
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Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) is an effective public health intervention to reduce opioid overdose fatalities (McDonald and Strang, Addiction 111:1177-1187, 2016). However, we know little about OEND implementation outcomes (i.e., indi...
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Soc Work Public Health. 2021 Oct 26:1-9. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2021.1986449. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTLittle is known about patients' addiction severity, substance use, or mental health symptoms upon entering integrated treatment. This is the first study to compare baseline characteristics among cohorts of patients with co-occurring disorders entering a private integrated residential treatment program in 2013 and 2017; a period when severe and persistent mental illness diagnoses, mental health service use, and overdose deaths increased. Our sample includes 3400 patients entering private, integrated residential treatme...
Source: Social Work in Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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