Heroin intoxication through damaged skin in a 7-year-old girl - Delirrad M, Sedokani A.
Transdermal opioid intoxication has only been reported for pharmaceutical fentanyl and buprenorphine patches. Here, we report a rare case of heroin poisoning through damaged skin. A seven-year-old girl with an impaired level of consciousness and difficulty... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Study: Safer supply program can reduce engagement with illicit drug market
New research by Yale addiction specialist Ryan MacNeil finds that dispensing prescription opioids to at-risk individuals can prevent fentanyl-related overdoses. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - September 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Novel vaccine that blunts fentanyl effects and sequesters ultrapotent fentanyl analogues - Barrientos RC, Bow EW, Whalen C, Torres OB, Sulima A, Beck Z, Jacobson AE, Rice KC, Matyas GR.
In this study, we described the design, synthesis, formulation, and animal testing of an e fficacious vaccine against fentanyl. The vaccine formulation ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Vital Signs: Characteristics of Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids and Stimulants --- 24 States and the District of Columbia, January-June 2019
This report describes characteristics of drug overdose deaths that involved opioids and stimulants during 2019 and how changes to prevention, treatment, and response strategies could help prevent overdose deaths. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 3, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Acetyl Fentanyl MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Overdose Opioids Source Type: news

The reason George Floyd couldn't breathe is because his lungs were inflamed from a fentanyl overdose
(Natural News) “I can’t breathe” became a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd was heard repeating the phrase in footage of his arrest. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the fact that officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was across his neck was the reason he was having trouble breathing, but new information... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical examiner reveals George Floyd had "fatal levels" of Fentanyl in his system when he died
(Natural News) A report by the medical examiner’s office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, claims that George Floyd had a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his system when he died on May 25 while in police custody. Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner, said there was “no physical evidence,” according to court documents. The documents... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidural Fentanyl and Bupivacaine After Lumbar Decompression Epidural Fentanyl and Bupivacaine After Lumbar Decompression
Is an epidural bolus of fentanyl and bupivacaine an effective option for alleviating postoperative pain after lumbar decompression surgery?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

UCF researchers develop AI to detect fentanyl and derivatives remotely
(University of Central Florida) To help keep first responders safe, University of Central Florida researchers have developed an artificial intelligence method that not only rapidly and remotely detects the powerful drug fentanyl, but also teaches itself to detect any previously unknown derivatives made in clandestine batches. The method, published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, uses infrared light spectroscopy and can be used in a portable, tabletop device. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fight against overdose crisis must do more than target prescription opioids, study says
Canada needs a new approach to tackle its overdose crisis, says the lead author of a new study that highlights a prevalence of overdoses involving non-prescribed fentanyl and stimulants in British Columbia. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Illicit fentanyl, stimulants found in majority of overdose deaths in BC
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Nonprescribed fentanyl and stimulants were the primary contributors to overdose mortality, while few people had prescribed opioids in their systems, according to new toxicology research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200191. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Veteran criminal defense attorney argues George Floyd KILLED HIMSELF via fentanyl overdose, underlying heart condition
(Natural News) Earl Gray, criminal defense attorney for Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer Thomas Lane, one of the officers involved in the George Floyd incident, claims that his client and the other officers were simply doing their jobs at the time and that none of them killed him. In fact, Gray argues that, through a combination of an... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl and driving impairment - Rohrig TP, Nash E, Osawa KA, Shan X, Scarneo C, Youso KB, Miller R, Tiscione NB.
The incidence of fentanyl in forensic toxicology analyses in the U.S. has dramatically increased over the past several years. The increase in death cases has been well studied, however little has been reported on the impact to drug impaired driving. Fentan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl transdermal patch: the silent new killer? - Zanon M, Valentinuz E, Montanaro M, Radaelli D, Consoloni L, D ’Errico S.
Background Transdermal fentanyl patches represent an excellent alternative for the treatment of chronic and cancer-related pain, but can lead to death due to their incorrect use or increasing abuse. Purpose Present an overview of literature regarding f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The increasing prevalence of fentanyl: a urinalysis-based study among individuals with opioid use disorder in New York City - Martinez S, Jones JD, Brandt L, Campbell ANC, Abbott R, Comer SD.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Opioid-related overdose deaths in North America have increased drastically, partially due to the increased prevalence of illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The current study sought to assess the prevalence and intentionality of fen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Unintentional use of fentanyl attributed to surreptitious cannabis adulteration - Hopwood T, Dowd-Green C, Mason M, Stewart RW.
OBJECTIVE: This case addresses the issue of surreptitious adulteration of cannabis. Many with opioid and substance use disorders use cannabis while receiving office-based opioid treatment (OBOT), making it valuable to understand the rationale for its use. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Agency in the fentanyl era: exploring the utility of fentanyl test strips in an opaque drug market - Weicker NP, Owczarzak J, Urquhart G, Park JN, Rouhani S, Ling R, Morris M, Sherman SG.
BACKGROUND: In Baltimore, the emergence of fentanyl and its analogues exacerbated an existing heroin crisis and increased uncertainty about drug composition and potency. In an effort to reduce overdoses, harm reduction organizations and health departments ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Death in sauna associated with a transdermal fentanyl patch - Kriikku P, Ojanper ä I, Lunetta P.
We present a case of an accidental fatal fentanyl overdose caused by increased uptake of the drug from a transdermal patch while experiencing the heat of a sauna.The transdermal patch administers fentanyl at a relatively constant rate through the skin. How... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Government-sanctioned safe supply not enough to get some off fentanyl-laced street drugs
Nearly 2,000 people in B.C. have been prescribed hydromorphone, a synthetic opioid, under the province's safe-supply program, but fatal overdoses continue to rise and reached a historic high in June, with 175 deaths. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Elevated prevalence of self-reported unintentional exposure to fentanyl among women who use drugs in a Canadian setting: a cross-sectional analysis - Mitra S, Boyd J, Wood E, Grant C, Milloy MJ, Debeck K, Kerr T, Hayashi K.
BACKGROUND: The United States and Canada are in the midst of an overdose epidemic, fueled by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. While marked differences in vulnerability to drug-related harm between men and women who use drugs is well characterized, the exte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

EXCLUSIVE: Trump may have canceled GOP convention in Florida because of threat of INDOOR drone weapon deployment with fentanyl payload from China
(Natural News) You may be aware that President Trump recently canceled the GOP convention that was planned for Jacksonville, Florida, saying that the risk of coronavirus infections was too high. That explanation may be just a cover story, however. Over the last two weeks, we have learned that China may be providing weaponized drones to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transcript shows that George Floyd was doped up on drugs, resisting arrest during police encounter
(Natural News) Newly released transcripts show that George Floyd was high on narcotics like fentanyl and methamphetamine – and was actively resisting arrest – at the time when Minneapolis police officers approached him. These transcripts show that Floyd was not only completely incoherent upon being apprehended, but had also not been cooperating with the cops. Floyd was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Record Number of Overdose Deaths Recorded in U.S. Last Year
THURSDAY, July 16, 2020 -- The United States reached a grim record last year with nearly 71,000 drug overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The preliminary numbers on death tolls show that fentanyl and similar... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI
Acetaminophen during and after PCI in the ON-TIME 3 trial relieved pain as well as fentanyl but didn't depress ticagrelor blood levels.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - July 15, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl
Users test opioids and other drugs for the presence of dangerous fentanyl by dissolving a small sample in water. They then dip the test strip, providing readings similar to those in a pregnancy test.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - July 3, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Global trends, local harms: availability of fentanyl-type drugs on the dark web and accidental overdoses in Ohio - Lokala U, Lamy FR, Daniulaityte R, Sheth A, Nahhas RW, Roden JI, Yadav S, Carlson RG.
This study aims to examine changes in the availability of fentanyl, fentanyl analogs,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Listed for sale: analyzing data on fentanyl, fentanyl analogs and other novel synthetic opioids on one cryptomarket - Lamy FR, Daniulaityte R, Barratt MJ, Lokala U, Sheth A, Carlson RG.
This article p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Eastern Iowa Nurse Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing Patient ’s Pain Medication
FDA OCI, ICU nurse, intensive care, pain medications, unconscious patient, IV line, Kelly Postel, Anamosa IA, morphine, fentanyl, hospital pharmacy, Cedar Rapids hospital, syringe, forfeit license, sentence, stealing, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 26, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

The Difficulty Of Counting the COVID-19 Pandemic ’s Full Death Toll
Sara Wittner had seemingly gotten her life back under control. After a December relapse in her battle with drug addiction, the 32-year-old completed a 30-day detox program and started taking a monthly injection to block her cravings for opioids. She was engaged to be married, working for a local health advocacy group in Colorado, and counseling others about drug addiction. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The virus knocked down all the supports she had carefully built around her: no more in-person Narcotics Anonymous meetings, no talks over coffee with trusted friends or her addiction recovery sponsor. As the virus stressed...
Source: TIME: Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markian Hawryluk / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

High prevalence of fentanyl detected by the Maryland Emergency Department Drug Surveillance System - Baltimore, Maryland, 2019 - Dezman Z, Schwartz B, Billing A, Massey E, Artigiani EE, Factor J, Wish ED.
The toxicology screens of many hospitals include tests for common substances of abuse, including amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, cannabis, phencyclidine, and opiates. These tests, often enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), mig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: High Prevalence of Fentanyl Detected by the Maryland Emergency Department Drug Surveillance System - Baltimore, Maryland, 2019
This report describes a new University of Maryland study that found that after implementing enhanced testing methods, fentanyl topped the list of drugs detected in overdose patients at two Baltimore hospital emergency departments. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 11, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Acetyl Fentanyl Emergency Department Visits MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Opioids Testing Source Type: news

Fentanyl tops list of drugs found in Baltimore overdose patients
(University of Maryland Medical Center) Hospital testing for illicit drug use does not typically include fentanyl, however, a new University of Maryland study found after expanding testing, that fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid linked to most fatal overdoses in Maryland, tops the list of drugs detected in overdose patients at two Baltimore hospital emergency departments. The researchers suggest the addition of fentanyl to routine drug testing panels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

' Iso,' a Deadly New Synthetic Opioid, Has Hit American Streets
TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 -- A new synthetic opioid as powerful as fentanyl is causing overdose deaths at an ever-increasing rate, experts warn. What's worse, the designer drug is legal in most places in the United States. Isotonitazene -- commonly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 9, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Charles City Nurse Anesthetist Sentenced to Nearly Three Years in Federal Prison for Drug Tampering and Diversion Scheme
FDA OCI, Charles City IA, nurse, anesthetist, federal prison, drug tampering, drug diversion, fentanyl, sufentanytl, saline, Christopher West, vials, Propofol, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 2, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

How COVID-19 pushed a Hamilton man fighting fentanyl addiction to the brink of relapse
There's no data to indicate if drugs are causing more deaths in Hamilton now, but with less structure in the day and a sense of anxiety in the air, one expert said there are concerns of more drug use among people battling addiction during the pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Tackling the overdose crisis: the role of safe supply - Ivsins A, Boyd J, Beletsky L, McNeil R.
North America is experiencing an unprecedented overdose crisis driven by the proliferation of fentanyl and its analogues in the illicit drug supply. In 2018 there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths in the United States, and since 2016, there have been more t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Detecting fentanyl using point-of-care drug checking technologies: a validation study - Ti L, Tobias S, Lysyshyn M, Laing R, Nosova E, Choi JC, Arredondo J, McCrae K, Tupper K, Wood E.
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care drug checking services, wherein individuals can check the content and purity of their drugs, have emerged as a public health intervention to address the fentanyl crisis; however, there have been no rigorous evaluations of the tech... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The fentanyl epidemic in Estonia: factors in its evolution and opportunities for a comprehensive public health response, a scoping review - Uusk üla A, Talu A, Vorbjov S, Salekešin M, Rannap J, Lemsalu L, Jarlais DD.
BACKGROUND: The spread of illicitly manufactured fentanyl has the potential to greatly increase the fatal overdoses in many places in the world. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the evolution of fentanyl use epidemic in Estonia. METHODS: this scop... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Raids Reveal Massive Fentanyl Production in Myanmar
China ’s crackdown on makers of the drug, which has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, may have simply created opportunities for crime syndicates elsewhere. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Beech and Saw Nang Tags: Myanmar Fentanyl Methamphetamines Drug Abuse and Traffic Organized Crime Opium Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China Source Type: news

Myanmar Raids Reveal New Production of Fentanyl, a Killer Drug
After dominating the global methamphetamine trade, crime syndicates in Myanmar are starting to make fentanyl, the drug that has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Beech and Saw Nang Tags: Myanmar Fentanyl Methamphetamines Drug Abuse and Traffic Organized Crime Opium Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China Source Type: news

Recent use of synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opioids, and other psychoactive drug groups among high-risk drug users - Shapira B, Berkovitz R, Rosca P, Neumark Y.
This study examined the patterns-of-use of prescription oral opioids or transdermal fentanyl formulations, and SCRA, am... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl detection using eosin Y paper assays - Canfield JR, Agarwal S, Fortener SK, Sprague JE.
Eosin Y is a potential new color test for use in detecting illicit drugs that has not been extensively studied. In the present study, a variety of drugs of abuse and fentanyl analogues were tested to determine which drugs will bind to eosin Y, which functi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cartels are scrambling as the coronavirus disrupts the drug trade. One reason? Most fentanyl originates in Wuhan
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many industries, both legal and illicit. Production of fentanyl, which relies on chemical ingredients sourced mainly from Wuhan, China, has been particularly hard hit. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Linthicum Source Type: news

Coronavirus chokes the drug trade — from Wuhan, through Mexico and onto U.S. streets
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many industries, both legal and illicit. Production of fentanyl, which relies on chemical ingredients sourced mainly from Wuhan, China, has been particularly hard hit. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Linthicum Source Type: news

In glowing colors: Seeing the spread of drug particles in a forensic lab
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) NIST Scientists used UV light and glow powder to study the way small amounts of drug residue get spread around a forensic chemistry lab when analysts test seized drugs. Their study, recently published in Forensic Chemistry, addresses safety concerns in an age of super-potent synthetic drugs like fentanyl, which can potentially be hazardous to chemists who handle them frequently. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade
Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New York nightlife venues recruited in effort to prevent overdoses due to fentanyl
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Bars and nightclubs are a promising site for efforts to increase awareness of the risk of opioid overdose due to fentanyl-laced cocaine, suggests a study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Founder and Former Chairman of the Board of Insys Therapeutics Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison
FDA OCI, Insys, bribe, bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, John Kapoor, founder, sentence, 66 months, kickbacks, Subsys, fentanyl, speaker program, spray delivery (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - April 6, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Key Drugs Join PPEs on List of Front-Line Shortages
Orders shot up exponentially in March for sedatives such as fentanyl, propofol, and midazolam — and order fill rates are dropping. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Key Drugs Join PPEs on List of Front-Line Shortages Key Drugs Join PPEs on List of Front-Line Shortages
Orders shot up exponentially in March for sedatives such as fentanyl, propofol, and midazolam — and order fill rates are dropping.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - April 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Critical Care News Source Type: news

Estonia won its war on fentanyl, then things got worse
Estonia won its war on fentanyl in 2017, when police busted the tiny Baltic nation's major suppliers (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news