MHRA Drug Safety Update: Life-threatening and fatal opioid toxicity from accidental exposure to transdermal fentanyl patches, particularly in children
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update regarding transdermal fentanyl patches: life-threatening and fatal opioid toxicity from accidental exposu (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

On top of grief and shame, families of victims frustrated with stigma of opioid use
In 2017, 569 people in Alberta died of accidental fentanyl poisoning. Daryl Sen was one of them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

On top of the grief, there's the shame: families of victims frustrated with stigma of opioid use
In 2017, 569 people in Alberta died of accidental fentanyl poisoning. Daryl Sen was one of them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal highlights dangers of counterfeit medicines entering the United States through drug importation
This week,theWall Street Journal took a closer look at the very real threat drug importation poses, detailing how such schemes expose Americans to dangerous counterfeit medicines. The reporter put a human face to the threat, describing how a young man lost his life after unknowingly taking a counterfeit medicine laced with deadly counterfeit fentanyl. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - October 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Counterfeit Drugs Imported Drugs Source Type: news

Commentary. Fentanyl-related death and the underreporting risk - D'Errico S.
Novel synthetic opioid overdose deaths have been rising largely worldwide as a result of fentanyl adulteration in the illegal drug supply. Interpretation of post mortem analytical results concerning fentanyl can be challenging in particular due to redistri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians
Photo by ©iStock.com/sshepard The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) today announced the availability of informational resources for clinicians interested in initiating buprenorphine treatment in emergency department settings. Buprenorphine is one of several medicines available for use... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Fentanyl, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Treatment Source Type: news

Paramedics and Cop Charged in Death of Man at Detroit-area Jail
DETROIT (AP) — A police officer and two paramedics failed to help a man who was convulsing for more than an hour and eventually died from cocaine toxicity at a Detroit-area jail, a prosecutor said Monday as she filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the trio. William Marshall was in custody for drug possession when he died in the Westland police lock-up in December. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said a state police investigation showed an "inexcusable and criminal disregard for human life from those who have a duty to serve him, protect him and render aid." She said video of the incident was a ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ed White, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedics and Cop Charged in Death of Man at Detroit-area Jail
DETROIT (AP) — A police officer and two paramedics failed to help a man who was convulsing for more than an hour and eventually died from cocaine toxicity at a Detroit-area jail, a prosecutor said Monday as she filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the trio. William Marshall was in custody for drug possession when he died in the Westland police lock-up in December. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said a state police investigation showed an "inexcusable and criminal disregard for human life from those who have a duty to serve him, protect him and render aid." She said video of the incident was a ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ed White, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

House Advances   Broad Opioid Package; Senate Vote Next House Advances   Broad Opioid Package; Senate Vote Next
Although there was strong bipartisan support for the opioid package, lawmakers including a Texas physician already are looking for additional ways to combat abuse of drugs such as fentanyl.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News 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

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

September 18, 2018: " The Drug Llama " Faces Federal Indictment and Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Distributing Fentanyl on Dark Web
September 18, 2018: " The Drug Llama " Faces Federal Indictment and Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Distributing Fentanyl on Dark Web (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 19, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Fentanyl killed more people in New York City in 2017 than any other drug, report reveals
In 2017, 1,487 people died of drug overdoses in New York City. The majority those involved fentanyl, marking a nearly 50% increase over the last year, a new report from the city's Health Department. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heroin 'test strips' that addicts use to check for fentanyl contamination proving a big hit  
Some health officials question their accuracy, but they have proven to be so popular that some programs can't get enough to satisfy demand. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heroin 'test strips' that addicts use to check for fentanyl contamination proving a big hit 
Some health officials question their accuracy, but they have proven to be so popular that some programs can't get enough to satisfy demand. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Users Trying to Stay Ahead of Deadly Fentanyl
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- As deadly fentanyl is increasingly mixed into heroin and other street drugs, some drug abusers are getting smart, a new study finds. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has triggered a sharp increase in overdose deaths... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 17, 2018 Category: General Medicine 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

Handling Drug Diversion in the Workplace
Doug Hooten, CEO of MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas, and Matt Zavadsky, the Chief Strategic Integration Officer at MedStar gave a compelling presentation on drug diversion at the annual meeting of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center in Las Vegas. They opened with a sobering point for administrators: if you don’t have a drug diversion/misuse issue in your agency, it’s only because you’re not looking for it. Ensuring a safe environment for your employees (and your patients) should be the primary goal of any ambulance ag...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

American College of Medical Toxicology Collaborates on'Fentanyl:...
A new video offers precautions and key messages for first responders who may come in contact with Fentanyl.(PRWeb September 07, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/american_college_of_medical_toxicology_collaborates_on_fentanyl_the_real_deal_a_training_video_for_first_responders/prweb15740327.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - September 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Opioid Maker to Pay for Overdose-Antidote Development
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it's making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies in the drug industry for using deceptive marketing practices to encourage heavy prescribing of the powerful a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid Maker to Pay for Overdose-Antidote Development
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it's making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies in the drug industry for using deceptive marketing practices to encourage heavy prescribing of the powerful a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Quest Diagnostics Health Trends ™ study finds drug misuse rates remain constant at high levels, and dangerous opioid-related drug combining is prevalent
(Syneos Health Communications) More than half of Americans tested misused their prescription drugs in 2017.Among patients in general care, use of non-prescribed medications and illicit drugs declined, but is still prevalent.Among patients in treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), misuse of heroin and prescription fentanyl surged nearly 400 percent; among patients testing positive for heroin, the rate of mixing with fentanyl nearly doubled.Drug mixing is the most frequent form of misuse. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017: Report
A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Report: Fentanyl Deaths in Alaska Quadrupled in 2017
By RACHEL D'ORO ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.Alaska State Troopers released its latest annual drug report Wednesday, saying the state's illegal drug problem continues to worsen.According to the report, 37 people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.The report says the amount of fentanyl seized last year equals more than 24,000 lethal doses.Heroin is frequently cut with fentanyl. Alaska State Trooper Capt. Michael Duxbury said at...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Report: Fentanyl Deaths in Alaska Quadrupled in 2017
By RACHEL D'ORO ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.Alaska State Troopers released its latest annual drug report Wednesday, saying the state's illegal drug problem continues to worsen.According to the report, 37 people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.The report says the amount of fentanyl seized last year equals more than 24,000 lethal doses.Heroin is frequently cut with fentanyl. Alaska State Trooper Capt. Michael Duxbury said at...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Being "hooked up" during a sharp increase in the availability of illicitly manufactured fentanyl: adaptations of drug using practices among people who use drugs (PWUD) in New York City - McKnight C, Des Jarlais DC.
Illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), a category of synthetic opioids 50-100 times more potent than morphine, is increasingly being added to heroin and other drugs in the United States (US). Persons who use drugs (PWUD) are frequently unaware of the prese... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Federal Government Releases Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein delivered remarks at the Office of Justice Programs in Washington D.C. regarding the rollout of Fentanyl: The Real Deal, a training video created by a Federal Interagency Working Group and coordinated by the National Security Council. The Bureau of Justice Assistance presented the video and hosted a panel comprised of first responders, including Dr. Brent Myers, president of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), for discussion of the training video. Fentanyl: The Real Deal explains protective actions first resp...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP Tags: Training News News Videos Source Type: news

Drug Exposure MCI at Ohio and Pennsylvania Prisons
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Corrections authorities in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Wednesday investigated inmate and staff exposure to drugs and chemicals in what appeared to be unrelated incidents that nevertheless underscored the continuing issue of contraband drugs inside the nation's prisons and jails. In Pennsylvania, the state prisons were on a lockdown precipitated by 29 employees at 10 prisons requiring treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described in some cases as a liquid synthetic drug. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, the same day that abo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Drug Exposure MCI at Ohio and Pennsylvania Prisons
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Corrections authorities in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Wednesday investigated inmate and staff exposure to drugs and chemicals in what appeared to be unrelated incidents that nevertheless underscored the continuing issue of contraband drugs inside the nation's prisons and jails. In Pennsylvania, the state prisons were on a lockdown precipitated by 29 employees at 10 prisons requiring treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described in some cases as a liquid synthetic drug. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, the same day that abo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

The Latest: Doc: Symptoms consistent with fentanyl exposure
A doctor says symptoms exhibited by patients treated for drug exposure at an Ohio prison are consistent with exposure to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

First responders told to wear MASKS, goggles, gloves if they come across fentanyl
Fentanyl deaths reached a record high in 2017, with 75 fatalities in England and Wales. The drug often comes in the form of pills and tablets but can also be taken as a powder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl-laced cocaine, not heroin, is now the biggest overdose threat in Mass.
Overdoses in the state from fentanyl-laced heroin may be on the decline, but the state is increasingly facing a new problem: fentanyl-laced cocaine. According to a report issued Friday by the Department of Public Health, the first three months of 2018 was the second quarter in a row that cocaine surpassed heroin in the toxicology for opioid-related deaths. Meanwhile, the rate of overdoses related to heroin has decreased from 2014 to 2018. Alo ngside both of those trends has been an alarming increase… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 24, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Fentanyl-laced cocaine, not heroin, is now the biggest overdose threat in Mass.
Overdoses in the state from fentanyl-laced heroin may be on the decline, but the state is increasingly facing a new problem: fentanyl-laced cocaine. According to a report issued Friday by the Department of Public Health, the first three months of 2018 was the second quarter in a row that cocaine surpassed heroin in the toxicology for opioid-related deaths. Meanwhile, the rate of overdoses related to heroin has decreased from 2014 to 2018. Alo ngside both of those trends has been an alarming increase… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 24, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Two-thirds of K2 overdoses involve multiple drugs that neither patients nor doctors can identify
University of Maryland doctors screened the urine of 175 K2 overdose patients and found that they had actually been sickened by a mixture of mystery drugs including fentanyl and PCP. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug misuse deaths fall but still remain too high
As the ONS releases the latest figures for drug-related deaths in England and Wales, Rosanna O ’Connor discusses the actions taken to tackle these issues Related items fromOnMedica Seaside towns top heroin deaths league table for England and Wales Tougher drug laws may not stop violence Baby-boomers ’ substance misuse problems ignored for too long Fentanyl and cocaine deaths on the rise Learning and growing together (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Trump calls for lawsuit against some opioid companies
Trump administration also wants to cut production quotas of most-abused opioids, including oxycodone and fentanyl. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017 — about 200 a day — CDC estimates
Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimates recently released by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents an increase of more than 6,000 deaths, or 9.5%, over the estimate for the previous 12-month period.That staggering sum... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Christopher Ingraham Source Type: news

At Least 79 Overdoses Reported in New Haven, Connecticut
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Emergency crews in New Haven responded to nearly 80 overdoses on the synthetic drug K2 between Tuesday night and Wednesday and another three early Thursday morning. Emergency crews responded to the New Haven Green, a park near Yale University, Tuesday night for three suspected ODs. More cases came to light Wednesday morning when around 18 people collapsed on the New Haven Green in a span of three-and-a-half hours, authorities said. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, first responders had been called to close to 76 suspected overdoses, the majority of which occurred on or around the Green. Of those, 72 people were tr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NBCConnecticut.com Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Source Type: news

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

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

An ocfentanil-related death case: UHPLC-MS/MS analysis of the drug - Casati S, Minoli M, Angeli I, Ravelli A, Crudele GDL, Orioli M.
A drug-related fatality involving ocfentanil (OcF) is reported in this work. OcF is a potent synthetic opioid, structurally analogue of fentanyl, abused as a new psychoactive substance in the recreational drug scene. A 39-year-old man with a history of her... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

U.S. inmate executed using fentanyl for 1st time
Nebraska used a lethal injection of four drugs in a never-before-tried combination, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, to carry out its first execution in more than two decades. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Fentanyl used for 1st time to execute U.S. inmate
Nebraska used a lethal injection of four drugs in a never-before-tried combination, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, to carry out its first execution in more than two decades. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World 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

Fentanyl and cocaine deaths on the rise
But deaths related to new psychoactive substances, such as Spice, halved Related items fromOnMedica Learning and growing together Review launched into prescription drug dependency Non-adherence to medicine is as high as 50% RCGP backs O ’Neill’s call for investment in new antimicrobials Drive to cut drug supply and use in prisons (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news