Nonfiction: Drug Epidemics, Past and Present
Thomas Hager ’ s “ Ten Drugs ” examines the history of both the good and bad of medication. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM KEAN Tags: Books and Literature Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine (Book) Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report
In 2011 and 2012, about 1,600 deaths a year were attributed to fentanyl overdose. Then, the toll began to rise, topping out at 18,000 in 2016, according to the report. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'We're mourning their loss:' Red Deer plagued by highest rate of fentanyl deaths in Alberta
As Red Deer continues to fight a growing addictions problem, new numbers show the Alberta city continues to have the highest fentanyl overdose death rates in the province. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Inside the struggle to live a normal life addicted to fentanyl
Fatal drug overdoses peaked last year, according to preliminary data from the CDC, fueling hope that the deadliest addiction in American history has finally stalled. But fatalities are only part of the ongoing crisis. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addicted to fentanyl, one man tries to avoid becoming another "overdose statistic"
"I come from a good family. I work 40 to 50 hours a week," a young man named Jacob said (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths soared more than 1,000% in six years, CDC data reveal
The rise started slow - climbing slightly from 1,600 deaths in 2011 to 1,900 in 2013 - before doubling every year. In 2016, 18,335 people were killed by the drug, new CDC data show. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recent Increase Reported in Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- From 2011 to 2016, there was an increase in drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl, according to the March 21 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000% over five years in the US. Here's who it's killing
Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that's hundreds of times more potent than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 21, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Fentanyl overdose deaths in the U.S. have been doubling every year
If you want to know what it means for something to grow exponentially, consider the death toll offentanyl.This powerful synthetic opioid seemingly came out of nowhere and is now killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.Anew report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.(Image credit: Salwan Georges/Washington Post/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha Bebinger Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.(Image credit: Salwan Georges/Washington Post/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha Bebinger Source Type: news

Fentanyl drug overdose deaths rising most sharply among African Americans
New CDC report shows epidemic cuts across racial, ethnic lines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose Reversal News: FDA-approved naloxone devices produce substantially higher blood levels of naloxone than improvised nasal spray
Naloxone is a potentially life-saving drug commonly used to reverse opioid overdoses and can be injected as a liquid or delivered as a nasal spray. The fastest method of delivery is through an intravenous (IV) dose, but many first responders, police, families or friends are not well equipped... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Fentanyl, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Pain Medication, Researchers Source Type: news

Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD
TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 -- Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren't prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds. Baltimore has a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 12, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ansell Introduces Nitrile Glove for Enhanced Fentanyl Protection
ISELIN, NJ - Ansell, a global leader in safety solutions, announces the launch of MICROFLEXMidKnight XTRA, a nitrile exam glove that has been tested against both fentanyl and gastric acid to simulate real-world overdose situations. The glove features an elongated cuff for added coverage of the wrist and forearm and has a distinctive black color that allows wearers to easily see potentially hazardous powders on hands.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times more potent than heroin. In fact, a recent study from the National Safety Council shows the odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the U.S. now sur...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ansell (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

International control efforts to curb the global production and trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids - Fornili KS.
The purpose of this Policy Watch column is to provide a brief overview of the global problems associated with the illicit production and trafficking of synthetic opioids as well as international efforts and policy approaches designed to curb them. An in-de... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Deaths From Drugs and Suicide Reach a Record in the U.S.
A look at an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and what it means. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ADEEL HASSAN Tags: Suicides and Suicide Attempts Depression (Mental) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Deaths (Fatalities) Opioids and Opiates Firearms Fentanyl Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source Type: news

Heroin users aware of fentanyl, but at high risk of overdosing
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the highly dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl REMS Program Falls Short Fentanyl REMS Program Falls Short
A large percentage of patients, prescribers, and pharmacists do not understand specifics of using transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl products, analysis of 4000+ pages of FDA documentation shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: Accidental Fentanyl Exposure a Real Threat
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - March 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Study: FDA Fell Short in Fentanyl REMS (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Agency missed goal of preventing inappropriate use of rapid-release opioid (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - February 26, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

America's opioid epidemic is moving east to urban black communities, study warns
A new Stanford University study reveals that the American opioid epidemic's third wave - driven by synthetic opioids like fentanyl - is surging not among Midwestern whites but Eastern blacks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

D.C. Week: $6 Trillion Healthcare Projection; FDA Criticism, Warning
(MedPage Today) -- FDA failed to react to evidence that fentanyl products were inappropriately prescribed (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - February 22, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

"Heartless": Hospital and doctor accused of giving lethal doses of fentanyl
CBS News spoke with five people who said their family members died while under Dr. William Husel's care at Mount Carmel Hospital (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio hospital and doctor accused of giving "lethal" doses of fentanyl
A former Ohio doctor is under investigation for allegedly prescribing "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of fentanyl to dozens of patients who later died. Mount Carmel Hospital reported at least 27 of those patients were near death and receiving intensive care. Twenty-three caregivers, including 14 nurses, six pharmacists, and three managers were placed on leave. Anna Werner reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

February 21, 2019: Traveling Nurse Who Worked in Roanoke Sentenced for Tampering with Fentanyl
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 21, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims
Title: FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report ClaimsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/19/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - February 20, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Inappropriate Use of Fentanyl Preps Seen Despite Awareness
Claims data show many prescribed transmucosal immediate - release fentanyl were opioid - nontolerant (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 20, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

' Not Good Enough': FDA Let Inappropriate Fentanyl Scripts Go On
(MedPage Today) -- FOIA-based investigation pinpoints holes in immediate-release fentanyl program (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Study: FDA Fell Short on Tracking Fentanyl Use
Despite what should have been a very restrictive distribution system, as many as half of the patients receiving a specific form of fentanyl did not meet the requirements to get it, researchers said (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inappropriate Use of Fentanyl Preps Seen Despite Awareness
TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 -- Despite adequate levels of prescriber, pharmacist, and patient knowledge regarding transmucosal immediate-release fentanyls (TIRFs), the rates of inappropriate use are high, according to a study published in the Feb. 19... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Documents reveal FDA efforts to limit fentanyl prescriptions are failing miserably 
A new Johns Hopkins report reveals that half of patients that got prescriptions for powerful fentanyl painkillers got them inappropriately, but the FDA never flagged or punished a single doctor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Alarming' number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says
An "alarming" number of US patients received a highly potent form of opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and that they never should have been prescribed, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims
TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 -- Drug makers and federal regulators dropped the ball in tracking the use of a potentially deadly fast-acting form of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, putting thousands of patients at risk of a fatal overdose, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 19, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Corrigendum to "Fentanyl and heroin contained in seized illicit drugs and overdose-related deaths in British Columbia, Canada: an observational analysis" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 185 (2018) 322-327] - Baldwin N, Gray R, Goel A, Wood E, Buxton J, Rieb L.
It has come to the attention of the authors that a correction is needed to the interpretation section of this paper. On page 325, paragraph 2, lines 6 –9 we reference data on the number of overdose deaths involving various substances from the British C... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trends in the medical supply of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues: United States, 2006 to 2017 - Collins LK, Pande LJ, Chung DY, Nichols SD, McCall KL, Piper BJ.
The objectives of this study were to: 1) characterize the temporal pattern of fentanyl, fentanyl anal... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Evaluation of the fentanyl patch-for-patch program in Ontario, Canada - Tadrous M, Greaves S, Martins D, Nadeem K, Singh S, Mamdani MM, Juurlink DN, Gomes T.
BACKGROUND: Rising use of prescription opioids is a major public health concern associated with increased risk of mortality worldwide. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid available in patch form, is particularly concerning given its high potency. To curb the misu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The tripping point: the potential role of psychedelic-assisted therapy in the response to the opioid crisis - Argento E, Tupper KW, Socias ME.
The increasing contamination of the drug supply with illicitly manufactured fentanyl and related analogs in North America has resulted in the most severe drug-overdose crisis in history. Available pharmacotherapy options for the treatment of opioid use dis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trump Said China Doesn ’t Have a Drug Problem. The Data Tells A Different Story
President Donald Trump on Friday said that China does not have a drug problem, and suggested that the U.S. should emulate its harsh drug-regulation tactics — but data from China tells a different story. Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden Friday to announce that he would declare a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall without Congressional approval. During the address, Trump also spoke about the ongoing substance abuse epidemic in the U.S., and referred to conversations he had with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who Trump said told him that China did not have a drug problem because it could use th...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized China Fentanyl healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a human-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a life-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Internal rap video adds to Insys woes in opioid trial
During the racketeering trial for Insys Therapeutics founder, federal prosecutors shared a five-minute in-house rap video that they say was designed to motivate employees to push sales of a highly addictive fentanyl spray. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'Mexican oxy' pills in US Southwest lift fentanyl death toll
Arizona and the rest of the southwestern U.S. states are becoming a hot spot in the fentanyl crisis as blue pills known as 'Mexican oxy' are flooding across the border (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest
Blue pills known as 'Mexican oxy' are flooding across the border from Mexico, making Arizona and the rest of the Southwest a hot spot in the nation's fentanyl crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Insys executives used rap video to push sales of potentially lethal opioid
A newly released video is raising questions about Insys Therapeutics, a company at the center of a criminal investigation stemming from the nation's opioid epidemic. Former executives and managers for Insys are on trial in Boston. They're accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths from 'Mexican oxy' pills hit Arizona hard
A flood of illicit fentanyl flowing from Mexico into the Southwest is pushing the synthetic opioid into the top spot for all fatal drug overdoses in the U.S (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl still key driver of opioid epidemic, though overall deaths are down
While opioid overdose deaths have declined for the second consecutive year, deaths involving fentanyl and cocaine continue to rise. According to Massachusetts public health data released Wednesday, opioid-related overdose deaths decreased 4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Deaths had decreased 2 percent the previous year. The decreases are a success for the state, which had seen double-digit percent increases in overdose deaths sinc e 2010. There were 1,974 confirmed and estimated overdose deaths in 2018,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 13, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Mounties dial back warnings about dangers of fentanyl exposure for police
The RCMP are reviewing how their members should handle fentanyl following new reports that downplay the risks faced by frontline officers exposed to the drug. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news