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The Country Is Torn Over Betsy DeVos ’ New Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines
The U.S. Education Department rolled back Obama-era Title IX guidelines on investigating cases of sexual assault on campus Friday, prompting criticism from victims’ rights groups and cheers from organizations representing people accused of assault. “Today, Betsy DeVos and the Trump Administration chose to tip the scales in favor of rapists and perpetrators,” the group End Rape on Campus said in a statement. “Rolling back this guidance is an affront to the students, survivors, and allies who have fought to bring the sexual assault epidemic out of the shadows.” One key change in the new interim ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tessa Berenson Tags: Uncategorized Betsy DeVos Education onetime Source Type: news

CVS becomes first retailer to limit opioid prescriptions to 7 days
CVS announced it will limit all opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, becoming the first major retail chain to do so in the wake of the opioid epidemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CVS Pharmacy Will Limit Prescriptions for Opioids
With the 64,000 deaths from opioid overdoses last year alone, the medical community is struggling to contain the out-of-control opioid epidemic. Now, CVS, one the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers that oversees prescription drug benefits for 90 million people through its CVS Caremark plan, is attempting to address opioid abuse by no longer reimbursing opioid prescriptions beyond the first week for people filling these prescriptions for the first time. Beginning in February, the company announced, it will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioids...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized CVS CVS health CVS pharmacy Drugs Opioid opioid epidemic opioid prescription opioid prescriptions opioid prescriptions cvs opioid use disorder opioids Source Type: news

Federal Workers Who Made a Difference
The federal government gets a bad rap: it is constantly described as bloated and clunky, its workers as inefficient and ineffectual. Yet by and large, the men and women who make up the federal workforce rise above the criticism, put one foot in front of the other and do their job. Rarely is the work they do acknowledged, much less praised. But for the past 16 years, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, or Sammies, have sought to change that by honoring federal employees who have an outsize impact on the country and the world. Below, the 2017 Sammie winners, chosen by the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Servic...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Rhodan Tags: Uncategorized Government Source Type: news

Epidemiology of cervical spine injuries in high school athletes over a ten-year period - Meron A, McMullen C, Laker SR, Currie D, Comstock RD.
BACKGROUND: Over 7 million athletes participate in high school (HS) sports annually, with both the benefits of physical activity and risks of injury. While catastrophic cervical spine injuries have been studied, limited data are available characterizing le... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The impact of traumatic brain injury on later life: effects on normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases - Griesbach GS, Masel BE, Helvie RE, Ashley M.
The acute and chronic effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been widely described; however, there is limited knowledge on how a TBI sustained during early or mid adulthood will influence aging. Epidemiological studies have explored whether TBI poses... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 333 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 -
BACKGROUND: Measurement of changes in health across locations is useful to compare and contrast changing epidemiological patterns against health system performance and identify specific needs for resource allocation in research, policy development, and pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

The forgotten need of disaster relief - Tamariz L, Cely C, Palacio A.
Disasters in countries with limited resources can put the emergency preparedness of the country to the test. The first major task after a disaster is to take care of the wounded. In countries where the epidemiological transition has occurred, chronic disea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Risk factors for football injuries in young players aged 7 to 12 years - R össler R, Junge A, Chomiak J, Němec K, Dvorak J, Lichtenstein E, Faude O.
OBJECTIVES: Football (soccer) is very popular amongst children. Little is known about risk factors for football injuries in children. The aim was to analyse potential injury risk factors in 7 to 12 year old players. DESIGN: Prospective epidemiologi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

The Epidemic of Despair Among White Americans: Trends in the Leading Causes of Premature Death, 1999-2015
Open access article inAJPH evaluates trends in premature death rates by cause of death, age, race, and urbanization level in the United States. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids
As the opioid epidemic continues to march across the country, destroying an ever increasing number of lives, the federal health minister says people have fallen into the habit of passing judgment on those addicted to the drug. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Sudan: Cholera Returns to Red Sea State
[Radio Dabanga] Sinkat -Cholera has reportedly reappeared in Sinkat in Sudan's Red Sea state amid tight secrecy from the authorities, who continue to refuse to declare a cholera epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The association between elevated blood lead levels and violent behavior during late adolescence: The South African Birth to Twenty Plus cohort - Nkomo P, Mathee A, Naicker N, Galpin J, Richter LM, Norris SA.
Epidemiological studies have shown the adverse neuro-behavioral health effects of lead exposure among children, in particular. However, there is lack evidence in this regard from developing countries. The main aim of this study was to assess the associatio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Trend analysis of mortality rates and causes of death in children under 5 years old in Beijing, China from 1992 to 2015 and forecast of mortality into the future: an entire population-based epidemiological study - Cao H, Wang J, Li Y, Li D, Guo J, Hu Y, Meng K, He D, Liu B, Liu Z, Qi H, Zhang L.
OBJECTIVES: To analyse trends in mortality and causes of death among children aged under 5 years in Beijing, China between 1992 and 2015 and to forecast under-5 mortality rates (U5MRs) for the period 2016-2020. METHODS: An entire population-based e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Awakening to the alcohol epidemic - need of the hour - Shah DS.
Globally, alcohol has become the most common risk factor for death and disability in the young age group of 15-49 years. Its use has been rapidly increasing in developing countries. It is a critical time wherein if effective preventive measures are not und... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The New GOP Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating To People With HIV
This bill would jeopardize efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Publication released to help clinicians fight the opioid epidemic
The National Academy of Medicine has released a new publication guide to help healthcare professionals battle the U.S. opioid epidemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

NAM Releases New Special Publication to Help Clinicians Counter Opioid Epidemic
Halting the opioid epidemic requires aggressive action across multiple dimensions, including informed, active, and determined front-line leadership from health clinicians working in every setting throughout the nation, says a new special publication from the National Academy of Medicine. The 21-page publication is an action guide for clinicians if they are prescribing an opioid or managing a patient who presents with a likely opioid use disorder. To successfully marshal progress, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic pain, follow five axioms of responsible opioid prescribi...
Source: News from the National Academies - September 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Your Towels Are Way Dirtier Than You Think
Dirty towels can carry a huge variety of microbes, and they’ve even been linked to spreading infectious disease. You can’t keep your towels 100% germ-free, experts say, but you can limit the grossest ones by washing your towels—only way more often than you probably do now. Towels are such great bacteria traps because every time you use a towel, you transfer your natural skin bacteria, and any other germs you’re carrying, onto their surface. Most of these germs won’t have any negative health effects because they’re coming from you. “Our bodies are adapted to being able to live in th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Bacteria bath towels coliform bacteria dirty towels E. coli fungus how often should i do laundry how often should i wash my bath towels how often should i wash my towels how to wash towels Hygiene kitchen towels mic Source Type: news

No, a standing desk isn't as unhealthy as smoking
Does a new study really claim that standing at work is as unhealthy as a cigarette a day? Closer inspection suggests probably notA headline inthe Independent today has proclaimed that standing at work is “as unhealthy as a cigarette a day”, citing anew study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Illustrated with a picture of a woman bent over her standing desk clutching at her back, we ’re instructed to “sit back down”.But a closer look at the research in question reveals very little to do with standing desks. In fact, the study did not look at standing desks at all. The research ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Suzi Gage Tags: Science Health Society Heart attack Source Type: news

First, Do No Harm: Marshaling Clinician Leadership to Counter the Opioid Epidemic
Publication serves as an action guide for clinicians - physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, social workers, behavioral health practitioners, pharmacists, and first responders. To successfully marshal progress, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic pain, follow five axioms of responsible opioid prescribing, and promote policies that stimulate and support available scientific evidence. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Racial/Ethnic Disparities at the End of an HIV Epidemic Racial/Ethnic Disparities at the End of an HIV Epidemic
Are there still racial and ethnic disparities in the prevalence of untreated HIV infection and HIV incidence in injection-drug users in New York City?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

Trusted messages key to counter community concerns during disease outbreak
(University of Louisville) Utilizing messages focused on images created by local artists and written information communicated through local dialects proved essential to counter misperceptions during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NAM special publication on how health clinicians can counter opioid epidemic
(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) Halting the opioid epidemic requires aggressive action across multiple dimensions, including informed, active, and determined front-line leadership from health clinicians working in every setting throughout the nation, says a new National Academy of Medicine (NAM) special publication developed at the request of the National Governors Association to assist the nation's governors as they work with clinicians to counter the opioid crisis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

U.S. AIDS Strategy to Focus on 13 Countries Close to Controlling Epidemic U.S. AIDS Strategy to Focus on 13 Countries Close to Controlling Epidemic
The United States will concentrate its resources on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling the AIDS epidemic under a strategy unveiled on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Opportunists Are Exploiting the ACA to Prey on Opioid Addicts
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

The Affordable Care Act Is Being Exploited to Foster Opioid Relapse
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

Could some ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.
Over the past two decades, U.S. parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behavior and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause. They've looked at genetics, brain development, exposure to […]Related:Hospital staffers took photos of a patient’s genitals — and the foreign object lodged thereSelena Gomez’s kidney trans...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.
Over the past two decades, U.S. parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behavior and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause. They've looked at genetics, brain development, exposure to […]Related:Hospital staffers took photos of a patient’s genitals — and the foreign object lodged thereSelena Gomez’s kidney trans...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the agency ’s continued efforts to promote the safe adoption of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – the use of medication combined with counseling and behavioral therapies – is one of the major pillars of the federal response to the opioid epidemic in this country. This type of treatment is an important tool that has the potential to help millions of Americans with an opioid use disorder reg ain control over their lives. In fact, patients receiving MAT cut their risk of death from all causes in half, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction is my highest public health priority. One element of t...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medicine in the Headlines: When Your Patients Ask
HRT, tattoos, insurers exacerbating the opioid epidemic, prolonged sitting, plus a new COPD drug: here's a recap of 5 of the week's key news reports. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 20, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Susan Kweskin Tags: Addiction COPD Source Type: news

Trauma epidemiology of women in Puerto Rico, 2002-2011 - Muns-Aponte S, Garc ía-Rodríguez O, Ramos-Meléndez EO, Rodríguez-Ortiz P.
OBJECTIVE: Recent literature has suggested that trauma is heterogenic and that physiological response to it differs between sexes. The study represented in this manuscript aimed to describe gender differences in the mortality rates of trauma patients at th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mitigating intimate partner violence among South African women testing HIV positive during mobile counseling and testing - Brown LL, Van Zyl MAR.
South African women continue to suffer disproportionately from the interlinked epidemics of HIV and intimate partner violence (IPV). Effective strategies are needed to mitigate HIV-related IPV, which often creates barriers to successful engagement along th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

A retrospective examination of child protection involvement among young adults accessing homelessness services - Putnam-Hornstein E, Lery B, Hoonhout J, Curry S.
This study used linked administrative records to develop a population-level, epidemiological characterization of the child protection histories of young ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Cell phone data coupled with sewage testing show drug use patterns
(American Chemical Society) The drugs people inhale, inject or ingest ultimately end up in some form down the toilet. So scientists have started monitoring drug use through sewage-based epidemiology. But this approach hasn't taken into account the variation in number of people who add to wastewater in a given area at a given time. Now one team reports in ACS' Environmental Science& Technology a way to account for commutes and vacations: by tracking cell phone signals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Google Chooses Saving Lives Over Profits In The Midst of Opioid Epidemic
The company says it will stop selling ad space to misleading addiction treatment centers. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Prevention and Bystander Training
Boston Public Health Commission, Office of Public Health Preparedness, DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. 09/2017 This course provides information about the opioid epidemic and how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. It includes practical, step-by-step guidance for performing rescue breathing and administering Narcan (naloxone). Topics include opioid overdose statistics; the impact of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid analgesic; the role of drug duration and potency; and the definition of an opioid overdose. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Hawaii joins coalition of states seeking information from opioid manufacturers, distributors
Hawaii has joined a coalition of states in seeking documents and information from manufacturers and distributor of prescription opioids. The bipartisan coalition is part of a multistate investigation into the nationwide opioid epidemic, according to a statement. Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people across the country in 2016, according to provisional data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an increase of more than 21 percent from the 52,898 who lost their lives during… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: HJ Mai Source Type: news

Hawaii joins coalition of states seeking information from opioid manufacturers, distributors
Hawaii has joined a coalition of states in seeking documents and information from manufacturers and distributor of prescription opioids. The bipartisan coalition is part of a multistate investigation into the nationwide opioid epidemic, according to a statement. Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people across the country in 2016, according to provisional data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an increase of more than 21 percent from the 52,898 who lost their lives during… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: HJ Mai Source Type: news

Map ranks US cities by exercise rates
A new map by Gallup ranked America's cities by exercise rates - an attempt to shed light on lifestyle habits as the nation battles an obesity epidemic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

States expand investigation into opioid industry
The probe into marketing and sales practices seeks to find out whether the industry's own actions worsened the epidemic (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 African countries approach control of their HIV epidemics as U.S. government launches bold strategy to accelerate progress
Data released today from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Lesotho. These results add to prior PEPFAR-supported Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) announced in the last nine months for Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

State Health Leadership and the Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 09/08/2017 This one-hour virtual town hall, presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, addresses the opioid epidemic in the speakers'states. Presenters offer their perspectives and shared innovative approaches to preventing opioid misuse and abuse, ranging from education and prevention through treatment and recovery. They discuss what else is needed to reduce opioid misuse and prevent addiction nationwide. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

How The Opioid Crisis Is Blowing A Hole In Small-Town America's Finances
Cities, towns and counties across the United States are struggling to deal with the financial costs of a drug addiction epidemic that killed 33,000 people in 2015 alone. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses Are Shortening Overall Life Expectancy
In a new study of the leading causes of death in the U.S., researchers say that opioids have contributed to a shortening of life expectancy. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in JAMA that while life expectancy in the U.S. increased overall from 2000 to 2015, that improvement was blunted by deaths from opioid overdoses. (According to other recent research, deaths from opioid overdoses nearly doubled in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015.) The life expectancy for people born in 2015 increased by two years compared to people born in 2000, from 76 years to 78. Much of that gain was due to decreases ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized are opioids painkillers drug addiction Drugs leading causes of death opioid addiction opioid epidemic opioid overdose opioid overdoses opioid pain killers what are opioids what is the leading cause of death Source Type: news

Opioid-related deaths are shaving time off life expectancy
New data from the CDC reveal that opioid-related deaths shaved about two months off the US life expectancy rate from 2000 to 2015. And researchers warn the opioid epidemic could shorten it more. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl, carfentanil and the opioid crisis: where do we stand now?
3.5 out of 5 stars Controversies and carfentanil: We have much to learn about the present state of opioid poisoning. Cole JB, Nelson LS. Am J Emerg Med 2017 Aug 24 [Epub ahead of print] Reference I have argued — both in a post on this blog and a column in Emergency Medicine News — that the idea of a “heroin overdose” is a completely outdated concept that is never coming back. The fact is, when a patient comes in today with a history of shooting or snorting heroin, none of us have any firm idea about exactly what drug or drugs were involved. The chance that such a patient was exposed only to heroin i...
Source: The Poison Review - September 19, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical carfentanil fentanyl opiates opioids Source Type: news