Notes from the field: Testing for nonprescribed fentanyl and percentage of positive test results among patients with opioid use disorder - United States, 2019-2020 - Niles JK, Gudin J, Vivolo-Kantor AM, Gladden RM, Mustaquim D, Seth P, Kaufman HW.
Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids excluding methadone (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) have increased approximately tenfold since 2013 (1) and have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with provisional estimates indicating that sy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Testing for Nonprescribed Fentanyl and Percentage of Positive Test Results Among Patients with Opioid Use Disorder - United States, 2019-2020
This report describes testing for nonprescribed fentanyl in the United States. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 24, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Acetyl Fentanyl MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Synthetic Opioids Testing Source Type: news

Detecting risk level in individuals misusing fentanyl utilizing posts from an online community on Reddit - Garg S, Taylor J, El Sherief M, Kasson E, Aledavood T, Riordan R, Kaiser N, Cavazos-Rehg P, De Choudhury M.
INTRODUCTION: Opioid misuse is a public health crisis in the US, and misuse of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have driven the most recent waves of opioid-related deaths. Because those who misuse fentanyl are often a hidden and high-risk group, innovati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New Hampshire 5-year-old boy Elijah Lewis died of violence, neglect and fentanyl intoxication, autopsy reveals
The death of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis was ruled a homicide, and cause by neglect, violence and fentanyl intoxication, autopsy reveals. #elijahlewis #newhampshire #fentanyl #autopsy (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thirteen cases of valeryl fentanyl in Michigan: a call for expanding opioid testing - Ton E, Stevens C, Moorman P, Markey M, Hunter B, Bush R, Jones P.
In this report, we describe 13 cases of drug overdose in Michigan in which valeryl fentanyl was found in postmortem blood. Valeryl fentanyl is a schedule I opioid that is rarely found in drug overdoses in the United States. Although little data exist on th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Reports of accidental fentanyl overdose among police in the field: toward correcting a harmful culture-bound syndrome - Del Pozo B, Rich JD, Carroll JJ.
[The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article.] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Severe poisoning after smoking a mixture of 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl (4-FiBF) and alpha-pyrolidinoisohexaphenone ( α-PiHP) - Zawadzki M, Wachełko O, Tusiewicz K, Szpot P.
CONTEXT: Intoxications after ingestion of new psychoactive substances are currently one of the most challenging issues in clinical toxicology. Synthetic cathinones represented the largest group of drugs seized in 2020, but the increasing distribution of fe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How drug overdose deaths surpassed 100,000 in one year
Sam Quinones, author of 'The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth,' on the horrific rise in overdose deaths. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - November 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread
More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Drug Abuse and Traffic Deaths (Fatalities) Opioids and Opiates Addiction (Psychology) Fentanyl Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Anxiety and Stress Mental Health and Disorders Depression (Mental) United States Source Type: news

Women sue Yale over fentanyl switch-up at fertility clinic
Seven women who say they suffered excruciating pain after a nurse stole fentanyl for her personal use and replaced it with saline are suing Yale University (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Deaths, Fueled by Fentanyl, Hit Record High in U.S
More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in a 12-month period for the first time, a majority of which were fueled by the potent drug fentanyl. #fentanyl #drugoverdosedeaths #hitrecordhigh (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Reached Record High as the Pandemic Spread
More than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the yearlong period ending in April, government researchers said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Drug Abuse and Traffic Deaths (Fatalities) Opioids and Opiates Addiction (Psychology) Fentanyl Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Anxiety and Stress Mental Health and Disorders Depression (Mental) United States Source Type: news

Drug overdose deaths top 100,000 annually for the first time, driven by fentanyl, CDC data show
America's drug epidemic is the deadliest it has ever been, new federal data suggests. #fentanyl #drugepidemic #drugoverdosedeaths #cdc (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Overdose Deaths Topped 100,000 in One Year, Officials Say
(NEW YORK) — An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades, accelerated in the past two years and, according to new data posted Wednesday, jumped nearly 30% in the latest year. Experts believe the top drivers are the growing prevalence of deadly fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many drug users socially isolated and unable to get treatment or other support. [time-brightcove not-...
Source: TIME: Health - November 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Biden Picks Former FDA Chief Califf to Again Lead the Agency
(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden on Friday is tapping former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Robert Califf to again lead the powerful regulatory agency, according to a person familiar with the decision. Califf’s nomination comes after months of concern that the agency near the center of the government’s COVID-19 response has lacked a permanent leader. More than a half-dozen names were floated for the job before the White House settled on Califf. Biden is to make the formal announcement later Friday, said the person familiar, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the announce...
Source: TIME: Health - November 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATTHEW PERRONE AND ZEKE MILLER / AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Second Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution in Connection With Mac Miller ’s Death
Ryan Michael Reavis plans to reverse his previous plea of “not guilty” #deathryanmichaelreavis #macmiller #ryanmichaelreavis (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man to plead guilty to distributing fentanyl in overdose death of rapper Mac Miller in Studio City
A 38-year-old man agreed to plead guilty to supplying counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills to the drug dealer who sold them to rapper Mac Miller before the star died of an overdose, officials announced… #macmiller #drugdealer #fentanyl #studiocity (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using surveillance with near-real-time alerts during a cluster of overdoses from fentanyl-contaminated crack cocaine, Connecticut, June 2019 - Canning P, Doyon S, Ali S, Logan SB, Alter A, Hart K, Coler R, Kamin R, Wolf SC, Soto K, Whiteman L, Jenkins M.
In 2019, Connecticut launched an opioid overdose-monitoring program to provide rapid intervention and limit opioid overdose-related harms. The Connecticut Statewide Opioid Response Directive (SWORD)-a collaboration among the Connecticut State Department of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Man Indicted for Taking Controlled Substances from Kansas Hospital
FDA OCI, Alec Ramirez, Overland Park KS, registered nurse, remove, vials, fentanyl, hydromorphone, automated dispensing cabinet, Menorah Medical Center, opioids, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - November 2, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Florida Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Intensive Care Unit Patient ’s Medication
FDA OCI, Jerome Clampitt, Saint Johns, FL, tampering, injectable fentanyl, opioids, registered nurse, intensive care unit, hospital, Jacksonville FL, saline, diluted, diverted, records discrepancies, control pain, risks, infection, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, complications, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 29, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Rapper Fetty Wap arrested on federal drug charges at Citi Field: sources
QUEENS — The rapper Fetty Wap was charged on Friday with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottsdale doctor to pay more than $400,000 in opioid settlement
A Scottsdale pain management doctor must pay more than $400,000 in repayments and civil penalties as part of a consent judgment in a wide-ranging opioid prescription case that has been ongoing since 2017. Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Wednesday announced the settlement with Dr. Steve Fanto, who was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in sham “speaker fees” from Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics in exchange for prescribing Sybsys, a drug containing fentanyl — an opioid that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 28, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jeff Gifford Source Type: news

Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution in Connection With Mac Miller ’s Death
Stephen Andrew Walter faces up to 20 years in federal prison (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mac Miller's drug supplier pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl-laced pills
The man accused of supplying Mac Miller's drug dealer with counterfeit oxycodone pills has pleaded guilty. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Law Enforcement Operation Targeting Opioid Traffickers on the Darknet Results in 150 Arrests Worldwide and the Seizure of Weapons, Drugs, and over $31 Million
FDA OCI, Operation Dark HunTor, Darknet, cybercrime, traffic, methamphetamine, counterfeit, Adderall, MDMA, cocaine, ketamine, money laundering, Luis Spencer, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Olatunji Dawodu, Alex Ogando, Providence RI, fentanyl, Cardingmaster, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 26, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

The ‘Safe Supply’ Movement Aims to Curb Drug Deaths Linked to the Opioid Crisis
On a morning Zoom call, a group of Canadian mothers give their full attention to a young man from the Drug User Liberation Front. At 26, Jeremy Kalicum is the age some of their kids would be if they had not died of accidental overdoses. “We’re just sick of it. We’re sick of our friends dying.”Kalicum’s tone is urgent as he walks the moms through a PowerPoint presentation explaining why the Liberation Front, known as DULF, wants to protest on International Overdose Awareness Day and hand out illicit drugs. These wouldn’t be the kind that killed their sons and daughters, he assures them; t...
Source: TIME: Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Moakley Tags: Uncategorized feature nationpod photography Source Type: news

Why are US military personnel prescribed transdermal fentanyl patches? - Murray H, Gregoriou AN, Lepore A, Booth GJ, Goldman AH, Allen ML, Balazs GC.
INTRODUCTION: Transdermal fentanyl is a continuous release opioid delivery system intended for use in opioid-tolerant patients requiring around-the-clock opioid therapy. The purpose of this study is to identify the most common indications for transdermal f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Enacting fentanyl tests strips for overdose prevention: the socio-material transformation of "suspect technologies" into "technologies of solidarity" - Campbell ND.
This article places FTS within the historical contexts of drug-checking for drug control, overdose prevention, and harm reduc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

InFocus: Fentanyl: The New Heroin
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - October 1, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: InFocus Source Type: news

DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills
This was the first public safety alert the DEA has issued in six years (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

Two Nurses Admit to Stealing Drugs from Hospital Patients Two Nurses Admit to Stealing Drugs from Hospital Patients
One nurse diverted fentanyl from her patients'IV bags for her own personal use. The other gained access to rooms of patients who weren't hers to divert medicine from their pain-on-demand pumps.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - September 29, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Nursing News Source Type: news

DEA issues warning against fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth
The US Drug Enforcement Agency is officially issuing a public warning to inform everyone of fake prescription pills that may contain... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Alarming' Increase in Fake Pills Laced With Fentanyl, Meth'Alarming' Increase in Fake Pills Laced With Fentanyl, Meth
Criminals are mass-producing fake pills laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine, marketing them as legitimate medications, the DEA reports. More than 9.5 million fake pills have been seized in 2021.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - September 27, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Alert Source Type: news

DEA Warns Of Alarming Spike In Fake Prescription Pills Laced With Fentanyl And Meth
More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized in 2021 —more than the last two years combined. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tommy Beer, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Healthcare /healthcare Breaking breaking-news SportsMoney Source Type: news

First Polish case of fatal single-substance poisoning with cyclopropylfentanyl, a new synthetic opioid - Ewelina P, Rafa ł S, Małgorzata SK, Joanna K, Piotr C.
The article presents the first Polish case of fatal single-substance poisoning with cyclopropylfentanyl, a representative of fentanyl derivatives, whose victim was a 37-year-old man. This opioid was detected in biological material collected during medicole... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Actor Michael K Williams died of accidental drug overdose, coroner confirms
The actor died after overdosing on a combination of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michael K Williams died from overdose of fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, medical examiner says
Death of actor known for The Wire and Lovecraft Country was ruled an accident (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michael K. Williams died of an accidental overdose, medical examiner determines
Actor Michael K. Williams died from "acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine," the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michael K. Williams died from accidental overdose, says New York medical examiner
Williams overdosed from a combination of "fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michael K. Williams' Death Ruled Accidental OD Involving Fentanyl and Heroin
Michael K. Williams' cause of death is a drug overdose involving fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Animal Sedative Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs
In 2019, xylazine contributed to death in 64 percent of cases and almost always also involved fentanyl (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 22, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Institutional, Source Type: news

Methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths nearly tripled between 2015 to 2019, NIH study finds
Patterns of methamphetamine use have become riskier, diversified across U.S. population (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 22, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Cocaine, News Release, Fentanyl, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Overdose, Researchers Source Type: news

Las muertes por sobredosis relacionadas con la metanfetamina casi se triplicaron entre 2015 y 2019, de acuerdo con un estudio de los NIH
(Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 22, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Cocaine, News Release, Fentanyl, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Overdose, Researchers Source Type: news

Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs
According to a new CDC report, xylazine has turned up in overdose deaths in 25 of 38 states examined and in 2019, it contributed to death in 64% of cases and almost always also involved fentanyl. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorado Nurse Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Controlled Substances
FDA OCI, Kurt Vasquez, RN, prison, fentanyl, fraud, deception, hospital, midazolam, propofol, personal use, false documents, opioids, Rx drugs, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 20, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

When fentanyl finds an outlier: talking with teenagers about the danger - Cook-Sather SD, Urban E, Romano VA, Romano MA.
In the United States from 2013 to 2019, the nonmethadone synthetic opioid-involved death rate increased 1040%, from 1.0 to 11.4 per 100  000 (age adjusted), with 51.5% of all 2019 drug overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.1 Opioid-... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Notes from the field: xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer, identified as an emerging novel substance in drug overdose deaths -- Connecticut, 2019-2020 - Thangada S, Clinton HA, Ali S, Nunez J, Gill JR, Lawler RF, Logan SB.
Xylazine, a clonidine analog, is a nonopioid veterinary tranquilizer not intended for human use. Recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl are often adulterated with agents such as xylazine to enhance drug effects or increase street value by... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Buprenorphine/naloxone associated with a reduced odds of fentanyl exposure among a cohort of people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada - Young S, Hayashi K, Grant C, Milloy MJ, Debeck K, Wood E, Fairbairn N.
This study aimed to estimate the association between current use of different forms of OAT, including methadone, buprenorphine/naloxone ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Former Roanoke-Area EMS Worker Sentenced for Tampering with Fentanyl and Hydromorphone
FDA OCI, Jeffery Leedy, Roanoke City VA, EMS, tampering, fentanyl, hydromorphone, federal prison, sentence, Centra Lynchburg General Hospital, Roanoke County Emergency Medical Services, reckless disregard, unsecured vial cap, nighttime access, rescue squad building, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 17, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans
Racial inequities in U.S. health care and social services -- as well as the spread of the powerful opioid fentanyl -- are a likely reasons for the continued increase in OD deaths among Black Americans. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news