Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits
The money from the companies would be used by communities for addiction treatment, prevention services and other significant costs associated with the epidemic. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oregon AG condemns proposed Purdue/Sackler bankruptcy settlement
AG Ellen Rosenblum argues that the proposal is inadequate in light of the damage caused by addiction. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

US clinics slower to provide opioid treatment than Canadian clinics
(Yale University) As opioid overdose deaths rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, people seeking treatment for opioid addiction had to wait nearly twice as long to begin methadone treatment in the United States than in Canada, a new Yale study has shown. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits
Money to be used by communities for addiction treatment, prevention services, and other significant costs associated with the epidemic (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 23, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

Missouri expected to receive more than $500M in opioid settlement
The state of Missouri is expected to receive more than $500 million as a result of a settlement with major opioid distributers. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt made the announcement at a news conference Thursday morning. Schmitt was joined by families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction, Places for People and Angela Clabon, who is CEO of CareSTL Health. “The loss of human life has been absolutely devasta ting,” Schmitt said at the conference. “Too many have been cut tragically… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kayla Wheeler - KSDK Source Type: news

How Olympians Are Fighting to Put Athletes ’ Mental Health First
Jackson Avenue is the main road that cuts through Oxford, Miss. At its northern limit, it circles the Ole Miss campus where Raven Saunders had spent the past three years as a student athlete. At its western end, Jackson splits into a T junction populated by a cluster of familiar American fast food restaurants and retail chains: a Walmart Supercenter, a Home Depot, a Popeye’s, a Chick-Fil-A. Saunders, a senior at University of Mississippi and a star shot putter on the school’s track and field team, knew the intersection well. Turn right, and the road led home. Turn left, and the highway hugged a steep drop-off f...
Source: TIME: Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized olympics Tokyo Olympics Source Type: news

Drug Distributors and Johnson & Johnson Reach $26 Billion Deal to End Opioid Suits
The agreement would allow funds to begin flowing from the companies to states and communities to pay for addiction and prevention services. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Suits and Litigation (Civil) Opioids and Opiates Liability for Products Addiction (Psychology) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) McKesson Corporation Cardinal Health Inc AmerisourceBergen Corp Johnson & your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Drug Distributors and J. & J. Reach $26 Billion Deal to End Opioids Lawsuits
The agreement would allow funds to begin flowing from the companies to states and communities to pay for addiction and prevention services. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Suits and Litigation (Civil) Opioids and Opiates Liability for Products Addiction (Psychology) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Attorneys General McKesson Corporation Cardinal Health Inc Johnson & your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases
The agreement would end thousands of lawsuits against the three largest distributors and Johnson& Johnson and require them to pay billions for addiction treatment and prevention. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: your-feed-science Suits and Litigation (Civil) States (US) Pain-Relieving Drugs Opioids and Opiates Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Addiction (Psychology) Attorneys General AmerisourceBergen Corp Cardinal Health Inc CVS Caremark Corporation Source Type: news

The Federal Responses to the Drug Overdose Epidemic
Chairman Whitehouse, Co-Chairman Grassley, and members of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, thank you for inviting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to participate in this hearing. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 20, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Opioids, Testimony, Overdose, COVID Source Type: news

More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Addressing the impact of caregiver deaths critical for pediatric mental health, authors note (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 20, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Children, News Release, Health and Medical Professionals, Trauma, Mental Health, COVID, Evidence-Based Practices Source Type: news

M ás de 1.5 millones de niños perdieron a un cuidador primario o secundario a causa de la pandemia de COVID-19
Abordar el impacto de la muerte de los cuidadores es cr ítico para la salud mental pediátrica, observan los autores (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 20, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Children, News Release, Health and Medical Professionals, Trauma, Mental Health, COVID, Evidence-Based Practices Source Type: news

How can the U.S. reduce drug overdose deaths? A wide range of ideas awaits Biden.
From decriminalization to more anti-addiction medication, the administration has many options after fatalities rose to an estimated 93,000 in 2020. But few tactics have worked. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Keyshia Cole's Mom, Frankie Lons, Has Passed Away
Frankie, who has struggled off and on with drug addiction, passed away on her birthday, according to her family. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say
More than a decade of research has shown that stigma contributes significantly to negative health outcomes. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 19, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Giving High-Dose Withdrawal Drug Buprenorphine in ER Can Help Battle Opioid Addiction
MONDAY, July 19, 2021 -- Giving high doses of buprenorphine in the emergency department is a safe and effective way of treating withdrawal symptoms in patients battling opioid addiction, according to a new study. " Emergency departments are at the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

High-Dose Withdrawal Drug in ER Can Help Battle Opioid Addiction
MONDAY, July 19, 2021 -- Giving high doses of buprenorphine in the emergency department is a safe and effective way of treating withdrawal symptoms in patients battling opioid addiction, according to a new study. " Emergency departments are at the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Preventive Interventions Delivered in Childhood May Reduce Substance Use Over Two Generations
Children of invervention recipients showed improved developmental functioning before age 5, as well as fewer problem behaviors; better academic, cognitive, and emotional skills; and less risk behavior from ages 6 to 18. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 19, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: NIDA Notes, Prevention, Risky Behavior, Prevention Research Source Type: news

Digital addiction treatment company Quit Genius scores $64M
This, in addition to the company's Series A round from last year, brings its total amount raised to $77.5 million.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Words matter: Language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) In a perspective published in Neuropsychopharmacology, leaders from the National Institutes of Health address how using appropriate language to describe mental illness and addiction can help to reduce stigma and improve how people with these conditions are treated in health care settings and throughout society. The authors define stigma as negative attitudes toward people that are based on certain distinguishing characteristics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How can the U.S. reduce drug overdose deaths? A wide range of ideas awaits Biden
From decriminalization to more anti-addiction medication, the administration has many options after fatalities rose to an estimated 93,000 in 2020. But few tactics have worked. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Words matter: language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say
Appropriate terminology can improve how people with these conditions are treated in health care settings and society (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 18, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: News Release, Health and Medical Professionals, Stigma, Mental Health, Treatment Research, Addiction Science Source Type: news

High-Dose Buprenorphine a'Game Changer' for Opioid Addiction High-Dose Buprenorphine a'Game Changer' for Opioid Addiction
Administering high-dose buprenorphine in the ED to individuals with untreated opioid use disorder is safe and may help get more patients into treatment after discharge.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - July 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

B.C.'s prescribed safer supply program expands to reduce overdoses and deaths from illicit drugs
People in B.C. who use toxic illicit drugs and are at risk of overdosing or dying will soon be able to access alternative drugs, the minister of mental health and addictions announced Thursday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

The U.S. Reported a Record 93,000 Drug Overdose Deaths During the 2020 Pandemic Year
(NEW YORK) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase. “This is a staggering loss of human life,” said Brandon Marshall, a Brown University public health researcher who tracks overdose trends. The nation was already struggling with its worst overdose epidemic but clearly “COVID has greatly exacerbated the crisis,” he added. Lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions isolated thos...
Source: TIME: Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE/AP Tags: Uncategorized Addiction COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

Salt and sugar tax: New tax on salt and sugar proposed - but are you addicted?
SALT and sugar taxes should come into force before the end of the decade according to a new independent report, but how can you tell if you are addicted to salt or sugar? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters
THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 -- Opioid addiction treatment has become more widely available to Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, but Black patients are much less likely than white patients to get that treatment, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 15, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

ED-administered high-dose buprenorphine may enhance opioid use disorder treatment outcomes
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) High-dose buprenorphine therapy, provided under emergency department care, is safe and well tolerated in people with opioid use disorder experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or the NIH HEAL Initiative. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emergency department-administered, high-dose buprenorphine may enhance opioid use disorder treatment outcomes
Study finds treatment is safe and well tolerated in people with opioid use disorder experiencing withdrawal symptoms (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 15, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: News Release, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Relapse Prevention, Treatment, Addiction Science, Buprenorphine Source Type: news

COVID-19 pandemic led to nearly 30% decline in Californians admitted to addiction facilities
UCLA researchers found that there was a reduction in the admittances into California opioid treatment centers of around 30 percent last year. This is paired with a large spike in opioid deaths. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liberia: Opioid Deaths Continue to Rise As Cities Reopen
[New Dawn] Tens of thousands of American lives end prematurely every year due to opioid overdoses, leaving families shattered. Dr. Paul Christo, an associate professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wants to remind those battling addiction to make use of telemedicine and tele-mental health services that emerged as valuable resources during the pandemic, and he adds, clinicians, need to advocate to their patients that online treatment options are available. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A history of drug dependence is associated with negative mental health outcomes
(University of Toronto) New research published online in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction found that Canadians with a history of drug dependence are much less likely to have flourishing mental health and are more likely to have mental illness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New WHO study links moderate alcohol use with higher cancer risk
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) A new study from the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published in the journal Lancet Oncology, has found an association between alcohol and a substantially higher risk of several forms of cancer, including breast, colon, and oral cancers. Increased risk was evident even among light to moderate drinkers (up to two drinks a day), who represented 1 in 7 of all new cancers in 2020 and more than 100,000 cases worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Changes in admissions to specialty addiction treatment facilities in California during COVID-19 pandemic
(JAMA Network)What The Study Did:The COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a decline in addictiontreatment initiations but more research is needed to understand the cause of the decline in initiations and the extent to which it was due to reduced demand for services or reduced ability to supply treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study shows Cannabis terpenes provide pain relief, contribute to 'entourage effect'
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Researchers in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center have found that terpenes mimic cannabinoids and produce similar pain-relieving effects, which are amplified when the two are used together. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 13, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here's Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.
People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anahad O ’Connor Tags: Alcohol Abuse Anxiety and Stress Therapy and Rehabilitation Alcoholic Beverages Addiction (Psychology) Telemedicine Mental Health and Disorders Depression (Mental) Drug Abuse and Traffic Doctors Habits and Routines (Behavior) Deaths Source Type: news

La toma de decisiones en situaciones ambiguas repercute en el riesgo de reca ída de los pacientes con trastorno por consumo de opioides
Los pacientes en tratamiento para el trastorno por consumo de opioides que se sent ían más cómodos tomando decisiones cuando no conocían la probabilidad de resultado tenían un mayor riesgo de volver a usar opioides. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 12, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: NIDA Notes, Opioids, Relapse and Recovery, Treatment Research, Treatment, Treatment, Relapse Prevention, Recovery Source Type: news

CPAC: Trump Jr says he 'understands addiction' then blasts Hunter Biden
Trump Jr calls Hunter Biden a "total waste" whilst stating that he 'totally understands addiction' at CPAC 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bucks assistant Vin Baker lost millions to addiction, found salvation in a Starbucks
"It's a miracle': Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker was a $100-million NBA star before addiction destroyed his career. How he reclaimed his life. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparable level of aggression between patients with behavioural addiction and healthy subjects - Asaoka Y, Won M, Morita T, Ishikawa E, Goto Y.
Heightened aggression is identified in several psychiatric disorders, including addiction. In this preliminary study with a relatively small number of samples, aggression in subjects diagnosed with behavioural addiction (BA) was implicitly assessed using t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Repetitive negative thinking mediates the relationship between addictive Facebook use and suicide-related outcomes: a longitudinal study - Brailovskaia J, Margraf J, Teismann T.
Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) and addictive Facebook use have been shown to be associated with suicide ideation and suicidal behavior. The present longitudinal study aimed to investigate whether the association between addictive Facebook use and suici... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

Interventions for decreasing drug abuse and social problem in  Iran's comprehensive mental and social health services - Damari B, Hajebi A, Asgardoon MH.
OBJECTIVE: Social problems and drug abuse, especially addiction, divorce, poverty, crime, violence, alcohol consumption, and substance abuse, have increased in Iran over the past two decades. The present study aims to determine an approach to decrease drug... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

1 in 20 College Students Has'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 -- Is it possible to become addicted to gaming on the internet? Yes, warns new research that discovered when young people get too hooked it may trigger sleep difficulties, depression, anxiety and, in some cases, even suicidal... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 7, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

CAMH releases updated national clinical guidelines for treatment of opioid use disorder
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) As more evidence emerges that opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically since the onset of COVID-19, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in collaboration with subject matter experts and medical regulatory authorities across Canada, have now released updated national clinical guidelines for the treatment of opioid use disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH Avant Garde Award for out-of-box, innovative concept to cure HIV and treat addiction
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Professor of Diagnostic Radiology& Nuclear Medicine, Linda Chang, MD, MS, received the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2021 Avant Garde Award (DP1) for HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorder Research -- a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Pioneer Award. This prestigious award supports researchers with exceptional creativity, who propose high-impact research with the potential to be transformative to the field. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Juul Is Fighting to Keep Its E-Cigarettes on the U.S. Market
The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Smoking and Tobacco Teenagers and Adolescence E-Cigarettes Addiction (Psychology) Nicotine Suits and Litigation (Civil) Youth Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Altria Group Inc Federal Trade Commission Food and Drug Administratio Source Type: news

The impact of internet addiction and job satisfaction on mental health symptoms among a sample of Portuguese workers - Pereira H, Feh ér G, Tibold A, Esgalhado G, Costa V, Monteiro S.
Not many studies assessing the impact of internet addiction (IA) and job satisfaction (JS) on mental health symptoms (MHS) among active workers exist. Therefore, the purpose of this study was as follows: (a) to assess the presence of criteria for IA among ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Roles of hostility and depression in the association between the MAOA gene polymorphism and internet gaming disorder - Yen JY, Chou WP, Lin HC, Wu HC, Tsai WX, Ko CH.
We examined the roles of hostility and depression in the association between internet gaming disorder (IGD) and monoamine oxidase-A (MAOA) EcoRV polymorph... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Prosocialness in young males with substance and behavioral addictions - Tomei A, Studer J, Gmel G.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Social determinants are closely related to addiction, both as a cause and a consequence of substance use and other addictive behaviors. The present paper examines prosocialness (i.e. the tendency to help, empathize, and care for others... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Ecological predictors and trajectory of internet addiction from childhood through adolescence: a nationally representative longitudinal study - Hsieh YP, Hwa HL, Shen ACT, Wei HS, Feng JY, Huang CY.
We examined multidimensional factors within four systems (individual, family, school, and community) that influence internet addiction across time among children through adolescence in Taiwan. We hypothesize that internet addiction increases from childhood... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news