Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic Medicine and Health Heroin Source Type: news

Bedtime ADHD Tx OK'd; Benzodiazepine Scripts Rise; Exercise Vs. Addiction
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the psychiatry world (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Reached a Record Level of 72,000 in 2017, New Estimates Show
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic Medicine and Health Heroin Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Reached Record Level of 72,000 in 2017, New Estimates Show
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic Medicine and Health Heroin Source Type: news

New Estimates Show Overdose Deaths Surpassed 72,000, a New High, in 2017
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have financed public health campaigns and addiction treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic Medicine and Health Heroin Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What long-term cannabis use can do to your brain
Cannabis and cannabis-based drugs are increasingly used for clinical purposes, but researchers warn they may also harm the brain. A new study explains how. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic: National Trends in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths from 2000 to 2016 (June 2018)
This brief provides high-level information about opioids and opioid addiction, presents the historical context for the epidemic of opioid-related addiction and mortality in the United States, and examines trends in opioid-related mortality across the country and among population subgroups. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NanoMedical Tackles Opioid Abuse with Combination Device
NanoMedical Systems has received a nearly $3 million grant from the Department of Defense to develop a combination device for the long-term treatment of opioid use. The grant provides $2,993,398 over three years to support formulation development, device development and manufacturing, preclinical studies, and initial human factors assessments in conjunction with the DeBakey, VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. The Austin-based company develops drug-delivery devices based on its nStrada nanofluidics platform for sustained release (up to six months) of chronic therapies. These devices can be loaded with a variety of drugs incl...
Source: MDDI - August 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Implants Business Source Type: news

Google resumes accepting ads from addiction treatments centers
Recovery Centers of America among the first group of addiction treatments centers to be certified by Google and LegitScript (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Getting cancer saved my life
ADDICTIONS are all-consuming. They fill up your every emptiness and at the age of 28 my emptiness was cavernous. I was doing a job I despised, earning a small fortune running a dodgy telesales company in London. My situation was made worse by the knowledge that I wasn ’t pursuing my vocation to work in the theatre. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SMURF1 provides targeted approach to preventing cocaine addiction relapse
(University at Buffalo) A class of proteins that has generated significant interest for its potential to treat diseases, has for the first time, been shown to be effective in reducing relapse, or drug-seeking behaviors, in a preclinical study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guest opinion: We need to work together to drive down the cost of addiction in Oregon
The business community can play a role in driving down the $6B per year costs of substance use disorder in Oregon, writes Dr. Marvin Seppala (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. Marvin Seppala Source Type: news

Guest opinion: We need to work together to drive down the cost of addiction in Oregon
The business community can play a role in driving down the $6B per year costs of substance use disorder in Oregon, writes Dr. Marvin Seppala (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. Marvin Seppala Source Type: news

Zocdoc proposes controversial pricing changes, Facebook vets addiction ads, and other digital health briefs
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Alcohol, Opioid Addiction Meds Reduce Crime, Suicidality Alcohol, Opioid Addiction Meds Reduce Crime, Suicidality
Medications used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorder reduce arrest rates, suicidal behavior, and accidental overdose.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Hospitals implementing changes in law to protect children of ill parents: a cross-sectional study - Skog øy BE, Sørgaard K, Maybery D, Ruud T, Stavnes K, Kufås E, Peck GC, Thorsen E, Lindstrøm JC, Ogden T.
BACKGROUND: Norway is one of the first countries to require all health professionals to play a part in prevention for children of parents with all kinds of illnesses (mental illness, drug addiction, or severe physical illness or injury) in order to mitigat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

College students may face pressures from opioid epidemic's secondary effects
(Penn State) About one in five college students reported in a survey that they knew someone who was addicted to pain medications, and nearly a third said they knew somebody who overdosed on painkillers or heroin, according to a team of undergraduate Penn State Lehigh Valley researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid Use Rising in ADHD Patients on Stimulants
(MedPage Today) -- Concomitant usage poses danger for addiction, overdose (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - August 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Fresh after moving HQ to Brentwood, health care firm plots aggressive growth
The company has added 23 addiction centers to its portfolio since moving its headquarters to Brentwood last year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

TriHealth partners with local medical practice to battle opioid epidemic
TriHealth is partnering with BrightView, a local medical practice that treats people battling drug or alcohol addictions, to help the hospital system ’s doctors and other providers with questions regarding the care of patients with opioid-use disorders. BrightView is an outpatient practice that uses medical treatment in conjunction with psychological and social services. Based in Walnut Hills, BrightView has five locations and plans to open tw o more soon. TriHealth said the partnership will complement… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

CDC sees rise of pregnant women addicted to opioids – especially in 4 states
The findings from the new CDC report shed light on the "devastating impact of the opioid epidemic on families across the U.S." (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norway will  prescribe free heroin to its most serious addicts to improve their quality of life
Although controversial, supporters of such programmes, which are used elsewhere in Scandinavia, argue they reduce death rates and lower crime. The plan may come in as soon as 2020. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Psychedelic drugs 'may improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD'
Psychedelic drugs have a bad reputation, but could they be used to enhance psychotherapy? Some researchers argue they may help with anxiety and depression. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Four-fold increase in the rate of opioid-addicted pregnant women
A new study from the CDC has found that the rate of mothers giving birth while addicted to opioids has quadrupled between 1999 and 2015 with the highest rates in Vermont and West Virginia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Addiction at Delivery Quadruples in Pregnant Women Opioid Addiction at Delivery Quadruples in Pregnant Women
The first state-based analysis of trends showed a significant increase between 1999 and 2014 in opioid use disorder in pregnant women at labor and delivery in all 28 states studied, according to the CDC.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Opioid Addiction Quadruples in Pregnant Women Opioid Addiction Quadruples in Pregnant Women
The first state-based analysis of trends showed a significant increase between 1999 and 2014 in opioid use disorder in pregnant women at labor and delivery in all 28 states studied, according to the CDC.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Doctors Write Fewer Opioid Scripts After Learning of Overdose Death
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Doctors prescribed fewer opioid pain medications after receiving letters from a medical examiner informing them of a patient's fatal overdose, a new study says. Many people who die of opioid overdoses got addicted to the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Rate of women addicted to opioids during pregnancy quadrupled in 15 years, CDC says
Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled over the 15-year period ending in 2014, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows. In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pasco County Fire Rescue Launches Opioid Campaign Emphasizing Alternatives
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — One Tampa Bay area fire rescue will be the first local department to launch a three-prong campaign against the opioid crisis. Their first phase is providing alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. It is part of an effort to give you better options in the ongoing fight against opioid addiction. In just a year span, Pasco County Fire Rescue gave out Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, 1,200 times. That is about three times a day. These include patients who have overdosed or those who took too much medication by mistake. In Pasco County, they are seeing a 10% increase of Narcan use every year. &...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Isabel Rosales (WFTS) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Pasco County Fire Rescue Launches Opioid Campaign Emphasizing Alternatives
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — One Tampa Bay area fire rescue will be the first local department to launch a three-prong campaign against the opioid crisis. Their first phase is providing alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. It is part of an effort to give you better options in the ongoing fight against opioid addiction. In just a year span, Pasco County Fire Rescue gave out Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, 1,200 times. That is about three times a day. These include patients who have overdosed or those who took too much medication by mistake. In Pasco County, they are seeing a 10% increase of Narcan use every year. &...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Isabel Rosales (WFTS) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Exercise may beat cocaine addiction and reduce relapses
Researchers from the University at Buffalo believe that regular aerobic exercise could be useful in preventing relapses when used alongside programmes for drug abusers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exercise may beat cocaine addiction: An hour on the treadmill five times a week may reduce relapses
Researchers from the University at Buffalo believe that regular aerobic exercise could be useful in preventing relapses when used alongside programmes for drug abusers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US juveniles with conduct problems face high risk of premature death
(Society for the Study of Addiction) We already know that adolescents with conduct and/or substance use problems are at increased risk for premature death. This prospective study of more than 3,700 US juveniles discovered that there is an independent association between conduct disorder and mortality hazard. In other words, the connection between conduct disorder and risk of early death appears to exist even when other contributing factors such as sex, ethnicity, familial factors, and substance use are removed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80
Since 1970, when he established a major treatment program in New York, Dr. Newman emerged as a global expert on opioid addiction. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Newman, Robert G Methadone Deaths (Obituaries) Addiction (Psychology) Beth Israel Medical Center New York City Source Type: news

U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone
The U.S. Justice Department has joined several whistleblower lawsuits against Indivior Plc and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, alleging that the drugmakers improperly marketed the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

" State of Addiction " Public Hearing
August 15, 2018 6:30pm ET; Ebensburg, PA.(Center for Rural Pennsylvania) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines for risk factors associated with initiation of substance use
(Wiley) Not all individuals who initiate use of a substance such as nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine eventually develop a substance use disorder, indicating that the risk factors for substance use and for substance use disorder (SUD) differ to some extent. A new study has evaluated the overlap in risk factors for substance initiation and SUD, which may be useful for developing interventions to reduce both initiation and SUD. The findings are published in The American Journal on Addictions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction, study finds
(University at Buffalo) Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Opioids after wisdom teeth removal might set young people up for addiction
Young people who take opioids after surgery may develop an addiction to them. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Opioids after wisdom teeth removal might set young people up for addiction
Researchers found young people between the ages of 13 and 30 are nearly three times more likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions after wisdom teeth surgery. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Relapses Like Demi Lovato ’s Are Common. Here’s Why They Can Be So Dangerous, According to Experts
More than a week after she was hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose, singer Demi Lovato has been released from Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is speaking out about the enduring struggle of addiction and relapse — an often dangerous cycle that can end in tragedy for many people who struggle with substance use. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time,” Lovato, who had been sober prior to the incident, wrote in a statement Sunday. “It is something I must co...
Source: TIME: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime substance abuse Source Type: news

"Dopesick": The impact of withdrawal on opioid addicts struggling to get clean
The FDA will now look at whether potential treatments for drug addiction can reduce overdose rates, or the transmission of infectious diseases, instead of only focusing on whether it cuts opioid use. Author Beth Macy joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss her new book, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America," which tracks the opioid epidemic from its early days in rural America to the nationwide crisis it is today. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug addiction is a tragedy. But we could stop so many people dying | Karen Tyrell
We know exactly what works to prevent drug-related deaths – and yet the numbers are still risingI was a drug worker in a London prison when I met Stuart, a guitar-playing Scot with a kind smile and a firm conviction that his life was over. When I met him he was dependent on heroin. His family had disowned him and he was in prison. He was scared, exhausted, and desperate. Over the next few months, with support, he started to make progress. We formed a strong bond. He got in touch with his mum, and opened up to me about the things he was running away from. I offered a listening ear, a roadmap, and no judgment. I was on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Tyrell Tags: Drugs Science Society Drugs policy Politics Drugs trade Health Crime UK news Prisons and probation Law UK criminal justice Source Type: news

Jails, prisons slowly loosen resistance to addiction meds
US correctional institutions are slowly loosening their resistance to giving inmates medication to treat their opioid addiction (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Demi Lovato Released from Hospital After Reported Overdose
(NEW YORK) — Demi Lovato has checked out of the hospital she was rushed to two weeks ago for a reported overdose. A person close to Lovato says she was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about the topic. Lovato was hospitalized on July 24. The 25-year-old said Sunday on Instagram she remains committed to overcoming addiction. She thanked her fans, family and team, and wrote, “I will keep fighting.” The singer-actress has spoken about her struggles with an eating ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mesfin Fekadu / AP Tags: Uncategorized celebrities onetime Source Type: news

Paramedics in Indianapolis Suburb Turn to Nitrous Oxide as Fentanyl Alternative
The Times of Northwest Indiana Paramedics in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers are now providing nitrous oxide instead of fentanyl to patients in pain, the first department in the state to make the switch. Read more at The Times of Northwest Indiana   Switch Designed to Combat Epidemic of AddictionThe move is expected to reduce the amount of fentanyl administered to injured patients by about two-thirds, reducing the risk of addiction and eliminating harmful side effects, said Fishers Fire Capt. The nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," will only be used in certain instances, such as for broke...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Paramedics in Indianapolis Suburb Turn to Nitrous Oxide as Fentanyl Alternative
The Times of Northwest Indiana Paramedics in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers are now providing nitrous oxide instead of fentanyl to patients in pain, the first department in the state to make the switch. Read more at The Times of Northwest Indiana   Switch Designed to Combat Epidemic of AddictionThe move is expected to reduce the amount of fentanyl administered to injured patients by about two-thirds, reducing the risk of addiction and eliminating harmful side effects, said Fishers Fire Capt. The nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," will only be used in certain instances, such as for broke...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Millions of people battling addiction to prescription drugs
According to the National Records of Scotland, there were 99 fatalities related to the drug in 2017 - up from two in 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news