Sentinel surveillance of suspected opioid-related poisonings and injuries: trends and context derived from the electronic Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, March 2011 to June 2017 - Do MT, Chang VC, Tibebu S, Thompson W, Ugnat AM.
INTRODUCTION: The opioid epidemic is currently a major public health problem in Canada. As such, knowledge of upstream risk factors associated with opioid use is needed to inform injury prevention, health promotion and harm reduction efforts. METHO... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

National Recognition for Einstein Montefiore Addiction Specialist
September 21, 2018—(BRONX, NY)—Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., anAlbert Einstein College of Medicine andMontefiore Health System expert in opioid use disorder, has been selected to serve on a board advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on best approaches to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - September 21, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The Opioid Crisis Actually Began 40 Years Ago
(MedPage Today) -- Overdose epidemic has grown exponentially for decades (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

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See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Check your coverage. The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 21, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Senate bill to combat the opioid epidemic just another handout to Big Pharma
(Natural News) The new Senate bill intended to combat the opioid epidemic just passed with a nearly unanimous vote of 99 to 1. The piece of legislation, named Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act sets its sights on drug trafficking by requiring the U.S. Postal Service to keep electronic records on incoming foreign shipments,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Constructing the cycling citizen: a critical analysis of policy imagery in Brisbane, Australia - Osborne N, Grant-Smith D.
Cycling is often promoted as a low cost, accessible and virtuous strategy for solving many urban problems, including air pollution, congestion, climate change and the 'obesity epidemic'. Yet the status of cycling as a quick and easy transport solution avai... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Protective Headgear Source Type: news

Most comprehensive analysis ever made of America's opioid epidemic
It was spearheaded by Pittsburgh's Dr Donald Burke, a world leader in preventing infectious diseases who has primarily focused on outbreaks of viruses like the flu. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HIV diagnoses rising in gay men under 30, CDC report reveals 
Since 2008, the rate of new infections for under 30s was four times the rate for gay men aged 30 to 50, who grew up in the harrowing AIDS epidemic. The rate for over 50s remained unchanged. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Overdose epidemic may have deeper social issues
Underlying causes might include broken communities and widespread malaise. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA Ad Campaign Targets Teen E-Cig'Epidemic '
(MedPage Today) -- Soon-to-be-released data will show increase in teen tobacco use, says Gottlieb (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Over four decades, an 'inexorable' epidemic of drug overdoses reveals its inner secrets
Americans have long construed drugs of abuse as choices. Poor choices that can cost users their lives, to be sure, but choices nonetheless.But what if drugs of abuse are more like predators atop a nationwide ecosystem of potential prey? Or like shape-shifting viruses that seek defenseless people... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago
THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 -- The opioid epidemic has been front-page news for a few years now, with rising overdose deaths driving an overall decrease in Americans'average life expectancy. But a new study suggests that the opioid epidemic is, in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa:The Role of Family Planning in Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
[Wellbeing Women] Women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with women accounting for more than half of the number of people living with HIV/AIDs worldwide.   A 2013 UNAIDS report showed that an estimated 1.5 million women living with HIV gave birth to children, and 240,000 children worldwide acquire HIV yearly -- the majority of whom contract the disease from their mothers during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding, and it is described by the terms "vertical transmis (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Ebola Control in Butembo - Africa CDC Supports the Local Coordination Prevention Commission
[African Union] Butembo -In order to support the Congolese Government's efforts in the response to this tenth Ebola epidemic, the African Union, through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is contributing to this effort by providing professionals with proven skills who are actively involved in the control and eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease in Butembo city. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Death rates from drug overdoses in the US have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come. These findings suggest that, to be successful, prevention efforts must extend beyond control of specific drugs to address deeper factors driving the epidemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016
Better understanding of the dynamics of the current U.S. overdose epidemic may aid in the development of more effective prevention and control strategies. We analyzed records of 599,255 deaths from 1979 through 2016 from the National Vital Statistics System in which accidental drug poisoning was identified as the main cause of death. By examining all available data on accidental poisoning deaths back to 1979 and showing that the overall 38-year curve is exponential, we provide evidence that the current wave of opioid overdose deaths (due to prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) may just be the latest manifestation of...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jalal, H., Buchanich, J. M., Roberts, M. S., Balmert, L. C., Zhang, K., Burke, D. S. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Analyzing the drug abuse epidemic
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jasny, B. R. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases twis Source Type: news

FDA Demands Plan to Reverse Teen E-Cigarette'Epidemic '
Noting " an epidemic proportion of growth " in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers, the FDA gave major manufacturers a deadline to say how they will fight the trend. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Maryland gets another $39 million in federal funds to fight opioid crisis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving Maryland $39.1 million in funding dedicated to helping fight the opioid crisis. The epidemic of opioid-related overdoses and deaths nationwide has raged on through 2018. According to federal sources, opioids claimed the lives of about 130 people per day in the U.S. in 2017. In Maryland, more than 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses last year, and the death rate in Baltim ore has been about two people per day. The state previously… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Opioid epidemic hits close to home for Boston Medical Center
An internal survey found that 30 percent of hospital staff reported having an immediate family member who was struggling with a substance use disorder. “We knew we needed to take action immediately,” said Lisa Kelly-Croswell, BMC’s chief human resources officer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Senate opioid bill includes provision for ultrasound treatment
In a 99-1 vote, the U.S. Senate on September 17 passed the Opioid Crisis Response...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Senate passes 'minibus' bill that includes health funds 2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case Pittsburgh radiologist pleads guilty in opioid case Study eyes interventional rads and opioid prescriptions Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Administration sends states $1B in grants to battle opioids
The Trump administration is awarding more than $1 billion in grants to help states confront the opioid epidemic, with most of the money going expand access to treatment and recovery services (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Gendered violence & overdose prevention sites: a rapid ethnographic study during an overdose epidemic in Vancouver, Canada - Boyd J, Collins AB, Mayer S, Maher L, Kerr T, McNeil R.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: North America's overdose epidemic is increasingly driven by fentanyl and fentanyl-adulterated drugs. Supervised consumption sites, including low-threshold models (termed Overdose Prevention Sites; OPS), are now being debated in the Uni... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Walden, Wyden hail Senate-passed opioid package
Two members of the Oregon Congressional delegation from opposite sides of the aisle hailed the Senate ’s passage of legislation to curb the opioid crisis. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Hood River, applauded the Senate for overwhelmingly passing a package of 70 bills. “As the opioid epidemic continues to reach further into the hearts of communities and fam ilies in Oregon and across the country, this legislation represents an important step towards alleviating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Walden, Wyden hail Senate-passed opioid package
Two members of the Oregon Congressional delegation from opposite sides of the aisle hailed the Senate ’s passage of legislation to curb the opioid crisis. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Hood River, applauded the Senate for overwhelmingly passing a package of 70 bills. “As the opioid epidemic continues to reach further into the hearts of communities and fam ilies in Oregon and across the country, this legislation represents an important step towards alleviating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

E-Cigarette Warnings Coming To High School Bathrooms Nationwide
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration will stage a massive education campaign aimed at the nearly 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use and potential addiction, the agency said Tuesday. For the first time, the agency will take the message that vaping is dangerous into high school bathrooms and social media feeds of those at-risk youth to stop what the FDA calls an epidemic of e-cigarette use by minors. The trend was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general, which cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students between 2011 to 2015. More than 2 million...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News e-cigarettes FDA vaping Source Type: news

EOP: Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018
Presidential proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2018 as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in the United States. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:10 Million Cases of TB Recorded in 2017 - WHO
[Premium Times] An estimated 10 million people worldwide developed Tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and the world is far from ending the epidemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) report said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

More than 8,000 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada since 2016
At least 1,036 Canadians died in the first three months of this year due to apparent opioid overdoses, raising the opioid epidemic's death toll to more than 8,000 people since January 2016, according to newly released government figures. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Sarasota hospital system sues pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors for role in opioid epidemic
Sarasota County Public Hospital District, known as the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, has filed a civil action lawsuit against several major distributors and manufacturers to put an end to opioid abuse. The hospital system alleges the defendants used a coordinated strategy to shift the way in which doctors and patients think about pain and encourage the use of opioids to treat not just those who suffer from acute post-surgical pain and end-stage cancer pain, but the masses who suffer from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Sarasota hospital system sues pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors for role in opioid epidemic
Sarasota County Public Hospital District, known as the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, has filed a civil action lawsuit against several major distributors and manufacturers to put an end to opioid abuse. The hospital system alleges the defendants used a coordinated strategy to shift the way in which doctors and patients think about pain and encourage the use of opioids to treat not just those who suffer from acute post-surgical pain and end-stage cancer pain, but the masses who suffer from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Vending Banned With Immediate Effect - Govt
[New Zimbabwe] The government has banned "all types of vending be banned with immediate effect", cabinet ministers revealed Monday as the country battles a cholera epidemic that has claimed 30 lives nationwide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why I Never Did Hard Drugs
“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – Kurt Cobain I grew up in a close-knit, fairly religious family where children were seen and not heard, where mealtime meant everyone sat down together and exchanged pleasantries while enjoying the prepared-at-home repasts, complete with dessert. There was no distraction, either from television or radio, and the telephone ringing was a rare occurrence, quickly dispatched once the caller learned we were eating. In fact, nothing was so urgent back then. It was, indeed, a peacefu...
Source: Psych Central - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Alcoholism Drug Abuse Opioid Addiction Source Type: news

Senate Passes Sweeping Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Reports on a bipartisan measure, the Senate's Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA), passed on September 17, 2018 that directs funding to federal agencies to expand and establish programs to provide prevention, treatment, and help with recovery from opioid addiction. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Saudi Arabia reports cholera infection in southern province
Saudi Arabia confirmed one cholera infection and three other suspected cases in an area bordering Yemen, where an epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people, state TV reported on Sunday, citing a health ministry official. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Heroin use is down in the US, other drug use is up as the addiction epidemic rages on, experts warn
The number of new heroin users in the US fell significantly from 2016 to 2017, the National Survey on Drug Use and Heath revealed - but experts caution we are still in the thick of an addiction crisis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Crack pipe vending machines now popping up across New York
(Natural News) Just when you thought America’s drug epidemic couldn’t get much lower, crack pipe vending machines have started popping up in New York. Police are working hard to try to solve the mystery of who is behind the machines, which masquerade as pen dispensers. The blue and white machines have been popping up in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Learn Life Saving Skills. Member Highlights: Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee! National Network of Libraries of Medicine News Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Local overdose fatality review team recommendations for overdose death prevention - Haas E, Truong C, Bartolomei-Hill L, Baier M, Bazron B, Rebbert-Franklin K.
This study compiled and detailed recommendations from Maryland Local Overdose Fatality Review Teams (LOFRTs) to provide state and local health departments with innovative strategies to address the worsening opioid epidemic and overdose-related deaths. LOFR... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Predictable, preventable, and deadly: epidemic carbon monoxide poisoning after storms - Henretig FM, Calello DP, Burns MM, O'Donnell KA, Osterhoudt KC.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

The social side of sleep: elucidating the links between sleep and social processes - Gordon AM, Mendes WB, Prather AA.
Sleep problems have become a public health epidemic with recent data suggesting that more than 69% of U.S. adults get less sleep than they need. Despite the important role that sleep plays in our lives, sleep as a variable of interest in interpersonal proc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

I’ll have a chicken calfrezi! Now takeaways to have calorie counts
TAKEAWAYS will soon have to tell customers how fattening their food is under Government plans to tackle the obesity epidemic sweeping Britain. Family favourites like curries, pizza and fried chicken will come with a calorie health warning in an effort to stop people eating unhealthily. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FRESH program combines basic science with social benefits for women at risk of HIV
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A program established by the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is addressing the persistently elevated risk of HIV infection among young women in South Africa from two angles -- first, investigating biological factors that modulate infection risk and the early immunologic events following viral exposure, and second, alleviating the socioeconomic factors that limit opportunities for young women, the group at greatest risk in the region hit hardest by the HIV epidemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Six weeks into the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the overall situation has improved since the height of the epidemic; however, significant risks remain surrounding the continued detections of sporadic cases within Mabalako, Beni and Butembo health zones in North Kivu Province. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

City of Boston sues drugmakers over opioid epidemic
The City of Boston filed a lawsuit Thursday against several pharmaceutical companies that make opioid drugs, joining dozens of other cities and towns in Massachusetts — as well as Attorney General Maura Healey — in seeking damages over the opioid crisis. The city, along with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Housing Authority, filed a complaint in Suffolk County Superior Court Thursday afternoon against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma LP; i ts predecessor company, Purdue Frederick… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Characteristics of prescription-opioid-impaired and other substance-impaired drivers in rural Appalachian Kentucky - Webster JM, Dickson MF, Mannan F, Staton M.
Previous studies have highlighted the prescription opioid epidemic in rural Appalachia and its associated risk behaviors; however, no studies have examined prescription-opioid-impaired driving as a consequence of this epidemic. The purpose of the present s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

WATCH: FDA calls e-cigarettes 'an epidemic' among minors
The use of e-cigarettes has become an "epidemic" among children, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Leading brain experts teach you how to restore your mind to optimal health
(Natural News) It’s said that a person in the U.S. gets Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia every minute – that means, by the time you finish this article, someone you know may have already succumbed to this epidemic. Health experts have warned that the risk of cognitive loss is as real as it is worrying: A... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak Highlights Failure to Invest in Infrastructure, Health System - Amnesty International
[Premium Times] The Zimbabwean authorities must urgently take measures to stop and address the cholera epidemic that has so far claimed 20 lives, Amnesty International said after the government Wednesday declared the outbreak a national disaster. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news