Growing Array of Street Drugs Now Laced with Fentanyl
(MedPage Today) -- Physicians, officials spotlight grim trends and possible solutions (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Head of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl almost killed his son
CDC director says the opioid epidemic is 'the public health crisis of our time' and a top priority for the health agency. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

CDC director reveals his son was almost killed by cocaine laced with fentanyl
Dr Robert Redfield revealed the incident in a speech on Thursday and said that the opioid epidemic is one of the top priorities of the CDC, calling it 'the public health crisis of our time'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC director reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic ​ will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's a personal reason for his focus on the opioid epidemic: His son almost died from taking fentanyl-laced cocaine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Jersey ’s EMS Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Similar to many states around the country, New Jersey continues to experience a growing opioid epidemic.Among many professionals battling this epidemic on the frontline are New Jersey’s 32,000 EMS providers. Compounding the problem with illicit opioid use is the high incidence of fentanyl-related overdoses within the state. The opioid epidemic is so severe that, according to New Jersey's real-time dashboard of opioid-related data, it has already claimed 1,562 lives in the state from January 1 through July 7, placing us on track to exceed previous annual state opioid overdose death statistics. New Jersey’s EMS B...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Timothy Seplaki, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Sociodemographic factors, prescription history and opioid overdose deaths: a statewide analysis using linked PDMP and mortality data - Nechuta SJ, Tyndall BD, Mukhopadhyay S, McPheeters ML.
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths have continued to rise in Tennessee (TN) with fentanyl emerging as a major contributor. Current data are needed to identify at-risk populations to guide prevention strategies. We conducted a large statewide observational ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl-related deaths double in six months; US government takes some action
A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of overdose deaths involving the potent narcotic fentanyl and variations of the drug nearly doubled between the last half of 2016 and the first half of 2017. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths From Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs Have Risen Sharply Deaths From Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs Have Risen Sharply
Deaths from fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, such as carfentanil, have more than doubled since 2015, the CDC reports. The increase is a result of increased supply of the drugs and their mixture with heroin.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Alert Source Type: news

Fentanyl Deaths Double in 10 States, CDC Reports
(MedPage Today) -- Drug present in 21% of deaths (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids
This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

July 10, 2018: Former Des Moines Pharmacy Technician Sentenced for Illegally Tampering with Fentanyl
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

July 10: 2018: Former Pharmacy Technician Indicted for Stealing Fentanyl, Morphine
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Aurobindo in last lap to buy Mallinckrodt ’s US generics business
Mallinckrodt has the world ’s most diverse line of bulk medicinal controlled substances including fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine-based drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

July 6, 2018: Vero Beach Orthopedic Surgeon Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Conviction for Fentanyl Analog Drug Conspiracy Resulting in Death
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

July 3, 2018: Canton Man Indicted on Fentanyl and Firearms Charges
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Morning Break: New Doctors' Oath;'You Look Marvelous'; Water for Fentanyl
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Data-sharing website may speed the response to new illegal drugs
The drug overdose epidemic currently gripping the nation is so tenacious in part because it's being driven by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that comes in many forms. Each form has a slightly different chemical structure, and clandestine chemists are constantly cooking up new ones. From a law-enforcement perspective, this makes fentanyl a moving target and very difficult to control. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Acetyl fentanyl: trends and concentrations in metro Detroit - Avedschmidt S, Schmidt C, Isenschmid D, Kesha K, Moons D, Gupta A.
We report deaths between 2016 and 2017 at the Medical Examiner's Office in Detroit, MI where acetyl fentanyl was found in the decedent's ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyls and the safety of first responders: science and recommendations - Howard J, Hornsby-Myers J.
Opioids have many beneficial uses in medicine, but, taken inappropriately, they can cause life-threatening health effects. The increasing use of physician-prescribed and illicit opioids, including highly potent fentanyl and its analogs, have contributed to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Computational design of environmental sensors for the potent opioid fentanyl - Bick MJ, Greisen PJ, Morey KJ, Antunes MS, La D, Sankaran B, Reymond L, Johnsson K, Medford JI, Baker D.
We describe the computational design of proteins that bind the potent analgesic fentanyl. Our approach employs a fast docking algorithm to find shape complementary ligand placement in protein scaffolds, followed by design of the surrounding residues to opt... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's drug control agency on Monday said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it vowed to step up cooperation after Chinese production of the substance had been blamed for fuelling the U.S. opioid crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UCLA receives $9.5 million grant to study link between substance use and HIV transmission
Researchers at theUCLA Fielding School of Public Health have received a five-year,  $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to continue research on possible connections between substance abuse and HIV infection. The new phase of the study began this month; it continues work that started in 2013 with a $7 million grant from NIDA. Approximately two-thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among Latino and African-American men who have sex with men; and studies show that drug abuse is linked with poor adherence to HIV medication and prevention therapies.The grant will enable researchers to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows
New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data show
New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Rising Incidence of Recreational Fentanyl Use Among Youth
The Waismann Method Center warns of rising incidence of recreational fentanyl use among youth. A new form of addiction is increasing across the US, especially among the younger generation, and it...(PRWeb June 13, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/06/prweb15558798.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Corrigendum to "Heroin and fentanyl overdoses in Kentucky: Epidemiology and surveillance" [International Journal of Drug Policy 46 (2017) 120-129] - Slavova S, Costich JF, Bunn TL, Luu H, Singleton M, Hargrove SL, Triplett JS, Quesinberry D, Ralston W, Ingram V.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

#DYK #Opioids are a type of drug that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin ® ) #FDAInnovationChallenge (1 of 2 messages)
#DYK #Opioids are a type of drug that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®) #FDAInnovationChallenge (1 of 2 messages) (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - June 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

ASHP: SVP, Injectable Opioid Shortages Threaten Patient Care
98.4 percent of respondents report moderate, severe shortages of morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - May 31, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychia Source Type: news

Minnesota the latest state to sue this Arizona opioid maker
The state of Minnesota has sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics for misleading marketing practices. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday, according to KTAR.com. Minnesota alleges the Chandler-based drugmaker encouraged physicians to prescribe the painkiller Subsys at higher-than-recommended doses. Subsys is made from the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Subsys is used for pain management for cancer patie nts, but Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said Insys marketed the medication for other, improper… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tim Gallen Source Type: news

Minnesota sues opioid maker Insys over improper drug marketing
(Reuters) - Minnesota on Wednesday became the latest state to sue Insys Therapeutics Inc , accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing a powerful fentanyl-based pain medicine, while a former employee pleaded guilty in New Jersey over bribing doctors to prescribe the drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Minnesota sues opioid manufacturer Insys over drug marketing
(Reuters) - The state of Minnesota on Wednesday sued Insys Therapeutics Inc, accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing a powerful fentanyl-based pain medicine intended for cancer patients for other uses. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Record fentanyl bust in Nebraska finds enough doses to kill about 26 million people
Nebraska State Patrol seized nearly 120 pounds of the drug fentanyl -- enough to kill about 26 million people. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Benefits, dangers of fentanyl
Fentanyl?is an?opiate pain medication, that generally is used to treat severe pain, especially for cancer patients.?Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and illegal use of the drug is on the rise, according to the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.?Dr. Michael Hooten, a pain management specialist at Mayo Clinic, talks with reporter Vivien [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Fentanyl self-testing outside supervised injection settings to prevent opioid overdose: do we know enough to promote it? - McGowan CR, Harris M, Platt L, Hope V, Rhodes T.
Since 2013, North America has experienced a sharp increase in unintentional fatal overdoses: fentanyl, and its analogues, are believed to be primarily responsible. Currently, the most practical means for people who use drugs (PWUD) to avoid or mitigate ris... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Local Response to Public Health Emergencies: Focus On the Opioid Epidemic
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 03/2018 This one-page fact sheet provides information about a project that aims to increase the capacity of local health departments to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic by working more closely with state and local partners (e.g., law enforcement, healthcare providers, local/state health departments) and rolling out evidence-based strategies at the local level. The project strives to address issues arising from high rates of opioid-related fatal and non-fatal overdoses that are prevalent in many communities due to high prescribing rates and diversion of pre...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

US opioid crisis hits Indian pharma companies
The total market size of opioid-based painkillers is estimated at $24 billion, with Fentanyl and Oxycontin being some of the commonly prescribed drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nonopioid drug approved by FDA for opioid withdrawal symptoms
Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonopioid drug approved by FDA for opioid withdrawal symptons
Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources in Multiple Languages
In response to the current opioid crisis, the National Library of Medicine partnered with Healthy Roads Media to produce a collection of materials that teach people about opioids and opioid misuse. The collection of Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources has 22 easy-to-read handouts, videos, and audio recordings in English and Spanish. Opioids Basics Pain Prescription opioid medicines Opioid pain medication management What you should know if your child is prescribed opioids for pain Getting rid of unused opioids Opioid addiction What is drug addiction? Why do people take drugs? Opioids and the brain Why do some people be...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - May 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Health Professionals Public Health Source Type: news

'He was gone': fentanyl and the opioid deaths destroying Australian families
Investigators feared the deaths might have been linked to a bad batch of imported opiates. The truth may be more unsettlingA few days before he died of a drug overdose, Sally ’s (not her real name) younger brother called her to make plans.“Someone had given him gold-class movie tickets and he wanted to take me to see Batman v Superman,” she told a coroners court this week. “He was looking forward to our regular Sunday family dinner and he was talking about all the TV shows that he wanted to watch.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Michael McGowan Tags: Drugs Australia news Sydney New South Wales Health Source Type: news

The $1 Fentanyl Drug Test
Public health experts are encouraging drug users to test their drugs for fentanyl with a $1 strip. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Traci Green of Brown University about the technology. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How did we get here? Heroin and fentanyl trafficking trends: a law enforcement perspective - Dismukes LC.
Illicit heroin and fentanyl are infecting North Carolina's communities, and causing an increasing number of overdose deaths. These trends in drug trafficking and opioid misuse represent a dramatic shift, necessitating a new and coordinated law enforcement ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
Justice Institute of British Columbia. 04/2018 This Web page provides first responders with accurate safety information related to situations where opioids, including fentanyl, may be involved. Information categories are About Fentanyl, Safe Handling, Naloxone, and Job-Specific. The page also discusses the risks of occupational exposure to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl for first responders, and provides a video. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Healthcare Personnel in Hospital and Clinic Settings
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. 04/23/2018 This Web page discusses how illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid analgesic, and its analogues pose a potential hazard to healthcare personnel who could come into contact with these drugs in the course of their work in hospital and clinic settings. It provides recommendations for work practices, training, personal protective equipment, and decontamination. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

May 1, 2018: Vero Beach Orthopedic Surgeon Convicted at Trial of Fentanyl Analog Drug Conspiracy Resulting in Death
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 2, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths now outpace prescription painkiller overdoses
Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, were involved in more than 30 percent of fatal overdoses in 2016, researchers report (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Other Opioid Crisis: Shortages at Hospitals
The top five drugs in shortest supply are opioids like hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl and morphine, the local anesthetic bupivacaine, and the lifesaving allergy drug epinephrine, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) survey found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If you're worried about prescription opioids, you should be really scared of fentanyl
The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicitfentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids.This switch occurred in 2016, according todata published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. And it seemed... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Fentanyl: What You Should Know
Illegal versions of fentanyl were largely responsible for the tripling of overdose deaths from synthetic opioids in just 2 years -- from 3,105 in 2013 to 9,580 in 2015, according to the National Institutes of Health. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news