Sixth national summary report for NHS Benchmarking Network's Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project finds almost a third of hospitals report'complete outages' of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic, Pharmaceutical Journal
Data from 98 NHS trusts in England showed that some trusts experienced shortages of first-line critical care medicines, atracurium, cistracurium, and propofol. Other drugs listed as being in short supply included noradrenaline, fentanyl, lorazepam and midazolam. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Imagining a fentanyl future: some consequences of synthetic opioids replacing heroin - Reuter P, Pardo B, Taylor J.
For nearly a century heroin has dominated the illegal opioid trade. The global supply of heroin is estimated to generate tens of billions of dollars in revenues a year and its illegal use has long been the source of many societal harms. The arrival of inex... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The fentanyl phase of the opioid epidemic in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States - Deo VS, Gilson TP, Kaspar C, Singer ME.
Since late 2014, fentanyl has become the major driver of opioid mortality in the United States. However, a descriptive analysis of fentanyl victims is limited. We studied the 2016 fentanyl and heroin overdose deaths and compared them to previously studie... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Geospatial and temporal associations between increases in opioid deaths, socioeconomics, and rates of sexually transmitted infections in the northeast United States 2012-2017 - Drewes MR, Jones J, Christiansen EN, Wilson JP, Allen B, Sloan CD.
With the introduction of fentanyl to illegal markets in 2013 and an overall rise in rates of synthetic opioid use, opioid-related deaths have increased significantly. A similar trend has been observed for sexually transmitted infections, homicides, and p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Evidence of increased Fentanyl use during the COVID-19 pandemic among opioid agonist treatment patients in Ontario, Canada - Morin KA, Acharya S, Eibl JK, Marsh DC.
BACKGROUND: Amid the opioid crisis, the health care system is restructuring to prevent and treat COVID-19. Individuals in opioid agonist treatment (OAT) are uniquely challenged because of disruption to treatment, medication diversion, and isolation durin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New REMS Rules: FDA Gets Tougher on Fentanyl Prescribing New REMS Rules: FDA Gets Tougher on Fentanyl Prescribing
The FDA has announced new REMS requirements for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl products to address'concerning'prescribing.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

FDA Toughens REMS Requirements for Some Fentanyl Products FDA Toughens REMS Requirements for Some Fentanyl Products
The FDA has announced new REMS requirements for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl products to address'concerning'prescribing.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

FDA Takes Further Steps to Confront Opioid Crisis Through Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Programs
The FDA took further steps to strengthen the transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) REMS program with approval of modifications that which will ensure that the benefits of these drugs continue to outweigh the risks. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Cannabis use is associated with reduced risk of exposure to fentanyl among people on opioid agonist therapy during a community-wide overdose crisis - Socias ME, Choi JC, Lake S, Wood E, Valleriani J, Hayashi K, Kerr T, Milloy MJ.
BACKGROUND: The ongoing opioid overdose crisis is driven largely by exposure to illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. Preliminary observational and experimental research suggests that cannabis could potentially play a role in reducing use of prescription opioid... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths in 2020 Top Three Million
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This is the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time — due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic. Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019. U.S. deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are cou...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus EMS Hospital Prehospital Source Type: news

Selectivity and sensitivity of urine fentanyl test strips to detect fentanyl analogues in illicit drugs - Bergh MSS, Øiestad ML, Baumann MH, Bogen IL.
We examined the ability of four comme... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Far Outpace COVID-19 Deaths in San Francisco (CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far. The crisis fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the nearly 3,000 times Narcan was used from January to the beginning of November to save someone from the brink of death, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Related Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health CrisisOne Paramedic&rsquo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Patient Care California Overdose Source Type: news

Opioid overdose in the age of fentanyl: risk factor differences among subpopulations of overdose survivors - Kline A, Mattern D, Cooperman N, Williams JM, Dooley-Budsock P, Foglia R, Borys S.
BACKGROUND: Although fentanyl is the drug most frequently implicated in overdose deaths, the association between overdose risk and attitudes and behaviors surrounding fentanyl in opioid-using communities has remained understudied. Possible subpopulation di... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid-related emergency department visits and access to health care--an opportunity for treatment engagement - Ali MM.
The united states is in the midst of an evolving opioid epidemic, involving drugs ranging from prescription opioids to illicit and synthetic opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Drug overdose is now the most common cause of death in the United States, and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Senate Report: The Opioid Industry Has Paid Advocacy Groups $65 Million
A bipartisan congressional investigation released Wednesday found that key players in the nation’s opioid industry have spent $65 million since 1997 funding nonprofits that advocate treating pain with medications, a strategy intended to boost the sale of prescription painkillers. The report from Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Wyden of Oregon found the contributions continued in recent years, even as the industry’s practices and the toll of opioid addiction came under greater scrutiny. The senators, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, are considering legislation to expand an ex...
Source: TIME: Health - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GEOFF MULVIHILL / AP Tags: Uncategorized Drugs overnight wire Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote healthcare providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10)...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

"I couldn't live with killing one of my friends or anybody": a rapid ethnographic study of drug sellers' use of drug checking - Betsos A, Valleriani J, Boyd J, Bardwell G, Kerr T, McNeil R.
INTRODUCTION: Drug sellers are often represented as morally bereft actors and as being, in part, responsible for North America's overdose crisis. In Canada and the United States, drug sellers selling fentanyl and fentanyl-adulterated drugs have been charge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"Opening the door to somebody who has a chance." - The experiences and perceptions of public safety personnel towards a public restroom overdose prevention alarm system - Buchheit BM, Crable EL, Lipson SK, Drainoni ML, Walley AY.
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths have surged due to fentanyl in the illicit opioid supply, which causes overdose more rapidly than other opioids. Public restrooms are venues where fentanyl overdoses commonly occur. In response, some organizations have im... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioids, stimulants, and depressant drugs in fifteen Mexican Cities: a wastewater-based epidemiological study - Cruz-Cruz C, Yargeau V, Vida ña-Perez D, Schilmann A, Pineda MA, Lobato M, Hernández-Avila M, Villatoro JA, Barrientos-Gutierrez T.
BACKGROUND: Monitoring drug use in M éxico is a challenge due to emerging drugs and rapid changes in consumption patterns. The temporal and geographical patterns of cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, MDMA, cannabis, heroin, ketamine, and fentanyl were ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

An investigation of demographic and drug-use patterns in fentanyl and carfentanil deaths in Ontario - Yung F, Herath J.
The opioid epidemic in Ontario has seen opioid-related deaths double in recent years, from 676 deaths in 2014 to 1,474 in 2018, with an overwhelming prevalence of fentanyl and fentanyl-analogues, such as carfentanil. The presence of drug paraphernalia and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Age-based preferences for risk communication in the fentanyl era: "A lot of people keep seeing other people die and that's not enough for them." - Gunn C, Maschke A, Harris M, Schoenberger SF, Sampath S, Walley AY, Bagley SM.
AIMS: To explore how people who use fentanyl and health care providers engaged in and responded to overdose risk communication interactions, and how these engagements and responses might vary by age. DESIGN: A single-site qualitative in-depth interview... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Addressing overdose risk among unstably housed women in San Francisco, California: an examination of potential fentanyl contamination of multiple substances - Meacham MC, Lynch KL, Coffin PO, Wade A, Wheeler E, Riley ED.
Numerous reports have led to concerns that fentanyl is added to many street drugs as an adulterant, including to stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, and could increase risks for negative health outcomes. Methods We collected information regard... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Shamo Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction for Organizing, Directing Drug Trafficking Organization
FDA OCI, Aaron Shamo, CEO, dark net, life sentence, drug trafficking organization, DTO, fentanyl, fake oxycodone, alprazolam, China import, counterfeit Xanax, Cottonwood Heights UT, opioid, crisis, PHARMA-MASTER, AlphaBay, drug dealer, 90 deaths, bitcoin, payments, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 16, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

New pink fentanyl causing overdoses across Ontario, prompting public health warnings
A new red and pink street drug that causes more overdoses has arrived in Hamilton, prompting warnings from local public health officials. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Subsys (fentanyl)
Title: Subsys (fentanyl)Category: MedicationsCreated: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - October 13, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Opioid-related overdose mortality in the era of fentanyl: monitoring a shifting epidemic by person, place, and time - Althoff KN, Leifheit KM, Park JN, Chandran A, Sherman SG.
We describe US trends in opioid-related overdose mortality rates by race, age, urbanicity, and opioid type before an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Coronavirus US: Pandemic causes spike in drug overdose deaths
A new report reveals that 42 US states are reporting an increase in opioid-related fatalities. Counties in states such as California and Nevada say much of it is driven by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FBI bust in Delaware seized enough fentanyl to kill 750,000 people
(Natural News) Twenty-eight people were arrested the other day in Delaware as part of “Operation No Mas,” a law enforcement operation that successfully seized enough illegal fentanyl to kill 750,000 people, or roughly 75 percent of Delaware’s total population. Reports indicate that the FBI and Delaware State Police (DSP) jointly apprehended the suspects, who altogether... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effect of positive urine fentanyl screen on attitudes toward heroin use - Nowinski Konchak J, McGurk K, Hinami K, Vacchiano M, Aks S.
Background It is unknown if targeted risk reduction counseling in the health care setting, after documented exposure to fentanyl, can affect behavior change to reduce risks and increase utilization of evidence-based overdose prevention strategies. Met... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl panic goes viral: the spread of misinformation about overdose risk from casual contact with fentanyl in mainstream and social media - Beletsky L, Seymour S, Kang S, Siegel Z, Sinha MS, Marino R, Dave A, Freifeld C.
BACKGROUND: Fueled by misinformation, fentanyl panic has harmed public health through complicating overdose rescue while rationalizing hyper-punitive criminal laws, wasteful expenditures, and proposals to curtail vital access to pain pharmacotherapy. To as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Former Paramedic Pleads Guilty to Stealing, Diluting Ambulance Drugs
FDA OCI, James Poole, Webb City MO, emergency medical technician, EMT, Mercy Medical Center, steal, fentanyl, hydromorphone, vials, ambulances, Carthage MO, Mount Vernon MO, narcotics, opioids, tampering, vials, addict, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 18, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

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