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Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs
This report examines the unintentional drug overdose fatalities attributed to illicitly manufactured fentanyl in Ohio.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

September 20, 2017: Registered Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Fentanyl
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 21, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Fentanyl Buccal (Fentanyl Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Overdose Prevention and Bystander Training
Boston Public Health Commission, Office of Public Health Preparedness, DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. 09/2017 This course provides information about the opioid epidemic and how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. It includes practical, step-by-step guidance for performing rescue breathing and administering Narcan (naloxone). Topics include opioid overdose statistics; the impact of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid analgesic; the role of drug duration and potency; and the definition of an opioid overdose. (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 - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2½ months
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2.5 months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2.5 months
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2.5 months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl, carfentanil and the opioid crisis: where do we stand now?
3.5 out of 5 stars Controversies and carfentanil: We have much to learn about the present state of opioid poisoning. Cole JB, Nelson LS. Am J Emerg Med 2017 Aug 24 [Epub ahead of print] Reference I have argued — both in a post on this blog and a column in Emergency Medicine News — that the idea of a “heroin overdose” is a completely outdated concept that is never coming back. The fact is, when a patient comes in today with a history of shooting or snorting heroin, none of us have any firm idea about exactly what drug or drugs were involved. The chance that such a patient was exposed only to heroin i...
Source: The Poison Review - September 19, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical carfentanil fentanyl opiates opioids Source Type: news

Sep 15 Cardiology News Sep 15 Cardiology News
PFO closure for recurrent stroke prevention, hormone replacement in women, DAPT, obesity, and fentanyl are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Prosecutors identify Insys founder as unindicted co-conspirator in opioid case
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have identified Insys Therapeutics Inc's billionaire founder as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case accusing six former executives and managers of participating in a scheme that involved bribing doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based drug, according to a court document. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

NHS data shows painkiller overdoses double in 10 years
There were 10,999 admissions in 2016/17 for poisoning by opioid painkillers and other narcotics, which include codeine, morphine and fentanyl, the data from NHS Digital shows. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of overdoses on painkillers DOUBLES in 10 years
There were 10,999 admissions in 2016/17 for poisoning by opioid painkillers and other narcotics, which include codeine, morphine and fentanyl, the data from NHS Digital shows. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid painkiller overdoses more than double in a decade
Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readilyThe number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers has more than doubled in a decade, with doctors saying it is the “very worrying” consequence of the drugs being prescribed too readily.Data from NHS Digital shows an increase in people attending hospital with poisoning from prescription opioids such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone,fentanyl and tramadol rising from 4,891 in 2005-06 to 11,660 last year in England.Continue reading......
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Drugs Health NHS Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Gov. Baker On ‘ Encouraging Signs ’ And Challenges Confronting Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been well over a year since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a landmark law to fight the opioid epidemic here in Massachusetts. Since then he has also joined the President Donald Trump’s commission to tackle the crisis nationwide. David Wade sat down with the Governor to talk about what’s working, what we can do better, and how Massachusetts could set an example for other states when it comes to confronting the crisis. David Wade: What is the priority, do you think, for our state? Gov. Baker: I think the big thing is to stay on the stuff that’s we’ve done and r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local Charlie Baker Confronting The Crisis David Wade opioid crisis Source Type: news

Fentanyl in the Cath Lab: Routine but Risky? Fentanyl in the Cath Lab: Routine but Risky?
New data show the potent intravenous opiate weakens the antiplatelet effects of ticagrelor during PCI, challenging its routine and prophylactic use for cardiac catheterization and PCI in the US.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Fatal Fentanyl Overdose Rates on the Rise
(MedPage Today) -- Also, the problem with bundled payments, and more (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - September 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Opioid drug manufacturer found to have repeatedly bribed doctors with lucrative kickbacks
(Natural News) If there was any lingering doubt in your mind that the major pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United States are truly evil, this story should kill it once and for all. The Daily Mail recently reported that the state of Arizona is suing pharma giant Insys – manufacturer of the fentanyl-based drug Subsys – for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did Firm Fake Patients for Cancer Drug Sales?
Federal indictment, Senate investigation surround company that makes sprayable form opioid fentanyl. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Life or death lessons: Schools are taking on the fentanyl crisis but drug curriculum a patchwork
While a front line in the fight against the overdose crisis has opened up in Canadian classrooms, where students go to school seems to affect how they learn about the risks associated with contaminated substances. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'This is what an overdose looks like': Schools are the new front line of fentanyl awareness
While a front line in the fight against the overdose crisis has opened up in Canadian classrooms, where students go to school seems to affect how they learn about the risks associated with contaminated substances. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Is the fentanyl situation an overdose crisis or a poisoning crisis?
While the word overdose is widely accepted in the medical community, it's not technically accurate. So are drug users overdosing or are they being poisoned? It could be time to change our language. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Overdose deaths related to fentanyl and its analogs - Ohio, January-February 2017 - Daniulaityte R, Juhascik MP, Strayer KE, Sizemore IE, Harshbarger KE, Antonides HM, Carlson RR.
Ohio is experiencing unprecedented loss of life caused by unintentional drug overdoses (1), with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) emerging as a significant threat to public health (2,3). IMF is structurally similar to pharmaceutical fentanyl, but is p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Execution in Nevada to use fentanyl opioid
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid Deaths in U.S.
The synthetic drug is more powerful than heroin or morphine (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl drives another grim record of overdose deaths
An average of 11 people died each day of drug overdoses ​ in one state alone, officials say (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arizona accuses drugmaker Insys of fraudulent opioid marketing
(Reuters) - Arizona sued Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday, accusing the drugmaker of engaging in a fraudulent marketing scheme aimed at increasing sales of a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine called Subsys. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.
The synthetic drug is more powerful than heroin or morphineSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heroin, Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AG's office files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed an Arizona Consumer Fraud lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. The lawsuit alleges the Chandler-based company engaged in a fraudulent marketing scheme designed to increase the sales of Subsy, an Insys (Nasdaq: INSY) opioid prescription drug that contains fentanyl. "We need to put a stop to the unethical and greedy behavior in the pharmaceutical industry that is fueling the opioid crisis in our state," Brnovich said in a prepared… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs — Ohio, January–February 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 31, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arizona accuses Insys of fraudulent opioid marketing scheme
(Reuters) - Arizona's attorney general sued Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday, accusing the drugmaker of engaging in a fraudulent marketing scheme aimed at increasing sales of a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.
THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 -- Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths, two new studies report. Opioid OD deaths began increasing early this decade as people addicted to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 31, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs - Ohio, January-February 2017
Approximately 90% of unintentional overdose deaths examined in 24 Ohio counties that occurred during January-February 2017 involved fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, or both, whereas heroin was identified in the minority (6%) of cases, with somewhat higher prevalence in Appalachian counties. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl drives another record year of Ohio overdose deaths
Ohio says a record 4,050 people died of drug overdoses in the state last year, driven in large part by the emergence of stronger drugs like the synthetic painkiller fentanyl (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Because Of The Drug War, There Is Virtually No Heroin Without Fentanyl In Many Places
Why is it becoming harder to find heroin without fentanyl? (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why fentanyl could become the UK's most dangerous drug
The painkiller and anaesthetic is 50 times more potent than morphine, is powerfully addictive, fatal even in tiny amounts, and has become a huge part of America ’s opioid crisisFentanyl is starting to hit the headlines in the UK. The drug is not so well-known this side of the Atlantic but, ifexperiences in America are anything to go by, that will change. Sadly, fentanyl is a problem that is unlikely to be going away.Fentanyl is a powerful pain-relieving drug, 50 times more potent than morphine, and was originally synthesised by Belgian chemist Paul Jannsen. The drug has medical applications, for example, in anaesthes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kathryn Harkup Tags: Drugs Chemistry Science Drug resistance Health Society Source Type: news

Abstral (Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - August 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

BioDelivery Sciences President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mark A. Sirgo to Retire at Year-End While Continuing as Vice Chairman
RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 23, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) announced today that at the end of 2017, Dr. Mark A. Sirgo will retire as BDSI's President and Chief Executive Officer, roles... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, Personnel BioDelivery Sciences, ONSOLIS, fentanyl, buccal soluble film (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 23, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HotSpot Study Shines New Light on the Granite State ’s Opioid Crisis
Geisel researchers take a close look at New Hampshire’s complex opioid epidemic, and one city’s novel response. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - August 23, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Susan Green Tags: Insider News Press Release Center for Technology and Behavioral Health Clinical Trials Network drug addiction Features fentanyl Home-feature Lisa Marsch New Hampshire opioid addiction opioid crisis Source Type: news

Opioid-Related Deaths In Massachusetts Appear To Be Dropping
BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts appear to be dropping. Public health officials said Tuesday that the number of opioid-related deaths fell about 5 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. The decline is modest — 978 estimated and confirmed deaths in the first half of 2017 compared to 1,031 estimated and confirmed deaths during the first half of 2016. The report says the presence of fentanyl in opioid-related deaths continues to climb, even as the presence of heroin in such deaths continues to drop. While white residents account for the majority of opioid...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

Toronto harm reduction workers hope drug testing strips can help prevent fentanyl overdoses
At the overdose prevention site in Moss Park, harm reduction workers will soon have another tool to help drug users avoid fatal overdoses — test strips able to detect the presence of fentanyl. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Actions taken to prevent drug-related deaths
A look at the latest ONS figures for drug-related deaths and the actions taken by Public Health England to tackle the issues Related items fromOnMedica Sixty deaths linked to fentanyl this year Drug poisoning deaths hit record high Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts Emergency staff ‘playing catch-up’ in battle against legal highs Preventing drug-related deaths (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Insys Agrees to Pay $4.45 Mln to Resolve Illinois Opioid Lawsuit Insys Agrees to Pay $4.45 Mln to Resolve Illinois Opioid Lawsuit
Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.45 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois'attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed an addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug for off-label uses.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Ketamine Alone Is Best Sedative for Children's Emergencies Ketamine Alone Is Best Sedative for Children's Emergencies
Ketamine alone was associated with fewer serious adverse events and interventions in children compared with propofol alone or ketamine combined with propofol or fentanyl, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Researchers progress towards vaccine against fentanyl, heroin combo
Researchers reported at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society today that they are developing a vaccine to guard against the effects of fentanyl in combination with heroin – a deadly duo that is claiming a growing number of lives as the opioid crisis worsens in the U.S. “There is an urgent need to discover effective medications to treat substance use disorders. Increasingly, drug users are turning to opioids and powerful synthetic versions of these drugs that can sometimes be as much as 100 times more potent than heroin,” lead researcher Kim Janda said in pr...
Source: Mass Device - August 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Pain Management Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Scripps Research Institute Source Type: news

Who is Rescuing the Rescuer?
Fallon Ambulance Service has joined the 9-1-1-Public Safety Fire and Police agencies of Brookline, Dedham, Milton and Weymouth to create and expand the military’s “Self-Care/ Buddy-Aid” program to provide rapid care for First Responders exposed to hazards such as Fentanyl while responding to emergencies in their communities. Problem: Every day Public Safety agencies encounter numerous dangers. From hazardous materials to infectious biohazards, the first responders are responding to unsafe scenes to save the public. The risk of a fatal incident being suffered by a police officer or firefighter is three ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fallon Ambulance Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Who is Rescuing the Rescuer?
Fallon Ambulance Service has joined the 9-1-1-Public Safety Fire and Police agencies of Brookline, Dedham, Milton and Weymouth to create and expand the military’s “Self-Care/ Buddy-Aid” program to provide rapid care for First Responders exposed to hazards such as Fentanyl while responding to emergencies in their communities. Problem: Every day Public Safety agencies encounter numerous dangers. From hazardous materials to infectious biohazards, the first responders are responding to unsafe scenes to save the public. The risk of a fatal incident being suffered by a police officer or firefighter is three ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fallon Ambulance Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Insys agrees to pay $4.45 million to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit
BOSTON (Reuters) - Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.45 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois' attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed an addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug for off-label uses. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Insys agrees to pay $4.5 million to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit
(Reuters) - Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.5 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois' attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed a highly addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug for off-label uses. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fentanyl death rates have gone up 600 percent in US cities
The rate of deaths related to fentanyl overdoses in US cities increased 600 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis. The problem is particularly bad in East Coast cities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Break: Deadly Fentanyl; Lightning Strikes; Kid Suicide
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news