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Opioid deaths in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 2013-2017: the primacy of heroin and fentanyl - Peterson BL, Schreiber S, Fumo N, Brooke Lerner E.
Heroin and fentanyl are the overwhelming and increasing cause of opioid deaths in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. We reviewed all drug and opioid deaths from 2013 to 2017 to delineate the specific opioid drugs involved and changes in their incidence. From 201... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Characteristics of opioid-maintained clients smoking fentanyl patches: the importance of confirmatory drug analysis illustrated by a case series and mini-review - Kimerg ård A, Dunne J, Bøgen A, Hindersson P, Breindahl T.
The increase in opioid prescribing in many European countries over the last decade has raised concerns about associated diversion, overdose and mortality. Fentanyl is one of these synthetic opioids that is typically prescribed as a transdermal patch for pa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Justice Dept Announces Crackdown on Major Opioid Drug Trafficking Ring Justice Dept Announces Crackdown on Major Opioid Drug Trafficking Ring
The U.S. Justice Department took steps on Tuesday to crack down on a major opioid drug trafficking ring in a move that included the filing of federal and state charges against about 100 defendants and the seizure of 450 grams of fentanyl.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Prince ’ s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges
The authorities in Minnesota said that no one would be prosecuted in the musician ’ s 2016 death from a fentanyl overdose, though a doctor will pay a civil settlement. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JOE COSCARELLI and SHEILA M. ELDRED Tags: Pop and Rock Music Fentanyl Prince (1958- ) Opioids and Opiates Minnesota Drug Abuse and Traffic Schulenberg, Michael T (1969- ) Crime and Criminals Source Type: news

No Criminal Charges in Prince ’ s Overdose Death
The authorities in Minnesota said that no one would be prosecuted in the musician ’ s 2016 death from a fentanyl overdose, though a doctor will pay a civil settlement. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JOE COSCARELLI and SHEILA M. ELDRED Tags: Pop and Rock Music Fentanyl Prince (1958- ) Opioids and Opiates Minnesota Drug Abuse and Traffic Schulenberg, Michael T (1969- ) Crime and Criminals Source Type: news

March 30, 2018: KC Paramedic Indicted for Stealing Fentanyl, Morphine from Ambulances
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise
New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Opioids and Opiates Addiction (Psychology) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Source Type: news

B.C.'s free anti-overdose kits saved hundreds of lives, study says
The rapid expansion of a program that hands out an overdose-reversing drug significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2016 in B.C., according to a new study. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Study: Wide distribution of naloxone can slash overdose deaths during epidemics
(University of British Columbia) A new study in The Lancet Public Health shows the rapid expansion of British Columbia's Take Home Naloxone program significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2016. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

March 27, 2018: Federal Jury Finds Three Guilty in Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - April 17, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Fentanyl-Related Overdoses Create Unique Obstacles
(MedPage Today) -- Ethnographic study documents clinical course from first moments (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - April 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

#SubHealth Announces Roundtable Discussion Sharing Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee has announced a roundtable discussion entitled, "Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis," featuring issues like the rise of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs and patient brokering. This roundtable will include participants who have struggled with opioid addiction or who have lost family members to the epidemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Research brief: Vaccines to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal overdoses
(University of Minnesota) A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation at Hennepin Healthcare is developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Company blamed for fueling fentanyl addiction crisis will soon sell synthetic cannabis
Notorious pharmaceutical company behind the fentanyl addiction Insys Therapeutics will soon have DEA approval to market a synthetic marijuana spray called Syndros for medical use. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeon General Emphasizes the Role of Overdose Antidote in Opioid Epidemic
More people need to carry naloxone, a drug that could potentially save their life in the event of an opioid overdose, according to the surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service. Great idea, in theory, but the price of naloxone products continues to rise. There are two FDA-approved products designed for delivering the drug. The Evzio naloxone auto-injector sold by Kaleo Inc. comes pre-filled with naloxone and includes instructions for anyone to inject it into the thigh of someone who may be overdosing. The Narcan naloxone nasal spray sold by Adapt Pharma is designed ...
Source: MDDI - April 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment
(University of British Columbia) Most fentanyl overdose survivors, if given the antidote promptly, don't need prolonged hospital treatment, according to a study by University of British Columbia physicians. That finding could help standardize how first-responders and emergency departments handle overdoses from the potent drug. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Drug Mixtures Cause Surge in Ohio Overdose Deaths
CINCINNATI (AP) — New surges in use of methamphetamine and cocaine mixed with a powerful synthetic opioid are contributing to rising drug overdose death tolls in already hard-hit Ohio. As county coroners have begun releasing their 2017 tallies, a trend has emerged of more deaths involving meth or cocaine mixed with fentanyl, the painkiller blamed for increasing U.S. fatalities in recent years as authorities focused on reducing heroin overdoses. U.S. authorities say illicit fentanyl made in China has flooded in while there is increased availability of meth and a rebound in cocaine. All have been contributing to the na...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dan Sewell, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Drug Mixtures Cause Surge in Ohio Overdose Deaths
CINCINNATI (AP) — New surges in use of methamphetamine and cocaine mixed with a powerful synthetic opioid are contributing to rising drug overdose death tolls in already hard-hit Ohio. As county coroners have begun releasing their 2017 tallies, a trend has emerged of more deaths involving meth or cocaine mixed with fentanyl, the painkiller blamed for increasing U.S. fatalities in recent years as authorities focused on reducing heroin overdoses. U.S. authorities say illicit fentanyl made in China has flooded in while there is increased availability of meth and a rebound in cocaine. All have been contributing to the na...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dan Sewell, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Fentanyl Fuels Latest Spike in Opioid Deaths
Overdose deaths increased by 21.5 percent in 2016, a much sharper spike than the 11.4 percent increase seen the previous year, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Synthetic COCAINE is driving a new drug death boom in US
Connecticut has seen a 420 percent rise in cocaine and fentanyl deaths since 2015, and the rate of fentanyl-laced cocaine seized in Massachusetts tripled. A new CDC report adds further evidence. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Death Rates In The U.S. Are Rising Everywhere, CDC Says
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise across all genders, demographics and geographic areas, according to a new CDC report. A total of 63,632 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016 — a 21.5% increase over the 2015 total, according to the report. The researchers attribute this sharp uptick in deaths to the fatalities involving potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which doubled in 2016. The report drew on data from 31 states, plus Washington, D.C. Of these, 21 saw increases in synthetic opioid overdose deaths, and 10 saw those rates double. New Hampshire, West Virginia and Massachusetts were particularly hard-h...
Source: TIME: Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Onslow County (N.C.) EMS Initiates Naloxone Distribution Program
ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) - A drug that reverses potentially fatal overdoses such as heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers, and its derivatives is now more accessible to overdose patients and their support systems in Onslow County, under new efforts by Onslow County. In June 2016, North Carolina became the third state in the country to establish a standing order that allows naloxone to be given to people without a doctor’s prescription (Senate Bill 734). In 2017, Onslow County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to 20,438 calls for service and EMS providers administrated Narcan 355 times. As of Marc...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elizabeth Tew, WNCT Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Fentanyl Fuels Latest Spike in Opioid OD Deaths
THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 -- Drug overdose deaths continue to pile up in the United States, driven largely by the opioid epidemic and the emergence of dangerously potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl, a new government report shows. Overdose deaths... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids
A report in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that the drug overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. It also found that recent increases in drug overdose deaths are driven by sharp increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved opioids. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - March 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Prince died from sky-high levels of fentanyl, report shows
AP obtained confidential toxicology report documenting what was in his system at time, including the super-potent synthetic opioid (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl fuelled increase in accidental opioid deaths, Public Health Agency of Canada says
Available data from the provinces and territories indicate that at least 2,923 people died from apparent opioid-related overdoses between January and September 2017. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Prince had a 'exceedingly high' concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died
A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy has provided a more detailed picture of the cause of the singer's death. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What's the difference between a supervised consumption site and an overdose prevention site?
Some communities across Canada are applying for a supervised consumption site or an overdose prevention site in light of the opioid and fentanyl crisis. But it turns out, there is quite a difference between them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

5 NYC doctors charged with taking kickbacks for fentanyl prescriptions
They are accused of accepting bribes in the form of speaking fees in exchange for prescribing millions of dollars' worth of a potent fentanyl-based spray (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The company behind Narcan looks toward a treatment for fentanyl overdoses
Despite growing attention from lawmakers and doctors, the opioid crisis is not slowing up in the U.S. A new report published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that emergency room visits for opioid overdoses jumped 30% in 45 states from 2016 to 2017. The problem has morphed over the years – fentanyl, a powerful opioid that’s 30 times more potent than heroin, has grown in popularity among drug users, despite its deadly grip. A nasal spray designed to reverse opioid overdoses called Narcan has become a life-saving tool used by police departments and communities around the country. ...
Source: Mass Device - March 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) opiantpharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rhode Island Doctor in Insys Opioid Kickback Probe Faces Sentencing Rhode Island Doctor in Insys Opioid Kickback Probe Faces Sentencing
A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - March 12, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Who Prescribe More Opioids Make More Money
This study suggests that conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry may influence oncologists in high-stakes treatment decisions for patients with cancer,” the authors concluded. Some studies have looked at whether the amount of money a doctor receives makes a difference. Studies by researchers at Yale University, the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have all found that the more money physicians are paid by pharmaceutical companies, the more likely they are to prescribe certain drugs. Dr. Patrice Harris, a spokeswoman for the American Medical Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets four years in prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets more than four years in prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rhode Island doctor in Insys opioid kickback probe faces sentencing
(Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Vital Signs Teleconference: Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 03/06/2018 This 32-minute audio recording is from a teleconference that discusses how health departments can respond to the 30 percent increase in Emergency Department visits for suspected opioid overdoses. The country is currently seeing the highest drug overdose death rates ever recorded in the United States, driven by prescription opioids and by illicit opioids such as heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. Opioid overdoses increased for both genders, all age groups, and all regions, but varied by state, with rural/urban differences. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaste...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds For Chronic Pain
CBS Local — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. They also provided slightly less pain relief. Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore Local TV opioid crisis opioids Painkillers talkers Tylenol Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses in in EDs Increase by 30 Percent
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last summer, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. The biggest jumps were in the Midwest and in cities, but increases occurred nationwide. "This is a very difficult and fast-moving epidemic and there are no easy solutions," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose increases in some states and citi...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses in in EDs Increase by 30 Percent
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last summer, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. The biggest jumps were in the Midwest and in cities, but increases occurred nationwide. "This is a very difficult and fast-moving epidemic and there are no easy solutions," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose increases in some states and citi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Fentanyl and heroin contained in seized illicit drugs and overdose-related deaths in British Columbia, Canada: an observational analysis - Baldwin N, Gray R, Goel A, Wood E, Buxton JA, Rieb LM.
In this study, we examined the relationship between illicit fentanyl and heroin found in seized drugs and illicit overd... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

After her son's death, mother details her journey to prevent future opioid addiction
In this web exclusive, Sharon Parsons shares her son Sean's story about getting addicted to OxyContin in college, and how he later overdosed on fentanyl. "I have to make something good come from this," Sharon says about why she's trying to prevent future addicts. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flubromazolam: a potent designer benzodiazepine
Flubromazolam 3 out of 5 stars Flubromazolam — A new life-threatening designer benzodiazepine. Lukasik-Glebocka M et al. Clin Toxicol 2016;54:66-68. Abstract Last month, the Peoria (IL) Journal-Star reported that local police had seized samples of two rarely seen designer sedatives: flubromazolam (alleged street name “liquid Xanax“) and etizolam. This paper from Poland presents a case report of flubromazolam exposure. A 27-year-old male known to use psychotropic drugs was brought to hospital after being found unconscious at home. On arrival he was comatose with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3. On...
Source: The Poison Review - February 28, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical benzodiazepine analog designer drug etizolam flubromazolam liquid xanax sedative-hypnotic Source Type: news

Risk of fentanyl-involved overdose among those with past year incarceration: findings from a recent outbreak in 2014 and 2015 - Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Macmadu A, Marshall BDL, Heise A, Ranapurwala SI, Rich JD, Green TC.
Overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death. Rhode Island (RI) has the highest rate of illicit drug use nationally and the 5th highest overdose mortality rate. RI has experienced an outbreak of fentanyl-related overdoses. In incarce... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Drugs likely in deaths of 3 found on San Francisco street
Public health authorities are warning against the dangers of buying bad drugs potentially laced with fentanyl after three men were found dead near a school in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The myth of what ’s driving the opioid crisis
Overdose deaths are overwhelmingly attributable not to prescription opioids but to illicit fentanyl and heroin. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA requiring color changes to Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches to aid safety ―emphasizing that accidental exposure to used patches can cause death
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring color changes to the writing on Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches so they can be seen more easily. This is part of an effort to prevent accidental exposure to the patches, which can cause serious harm and death in children, pets, and others.   (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - February 21, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Another risk of fentanyl may be an attraction to junkies – it causes amnesia
(Natural News) Kati Mather, who received the dubious honor of being the “face of the fentanyl addiction epidemic of America” two years ago, once described the drug’s effects as “very powerful…there’s no ride, it’s just BOOM.” And while Mather’s words suggested an explosion of pain relief often reported by regular fentanyl users, her words now... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Overdose Review Panels: Overview of Laws in Six States
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Network for Public Health Law. 01/29/2018 This eight-page issue brief explains and contrasts the specifics of panels that specifically review drug overdose deaths to provide additional data regarding overdose decedents and, typically, make recommendations for policy improvements. It reviews panels in the six states that have established such panels as of late 2017, and discusses black market drug products, both heroin and counterfeit pills, which became increasingly adulterated with illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, mainly fentanyl analogues. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gui...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news