Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches
The FDA warns accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches is putting children's lives at risk. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches
MONDAY, July 26, 2021 -- Accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches is putting children's lives at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain reliever; so powerful that fentanyl patches are typically only... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 26, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches
Title: Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain PatchesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/26/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/26/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - July 26, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Quantification of fentanyl analogs in oral fluid using LC-QTOF-MS - Palmquist KB, Swortwood MJ.
Oral fluid is a valuable alternative matrix for forensic toxicologists due to ease of observed collection, limited biohazardous exposure, and indications of recent drug use. Limited information is available for fentanyl analog prevalence, interpretation, o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Accidental Exposures to Fentanyl Patches Continue to Be Deadly to Children
Exposure to medication is a leading cause of poisoning in children. Kids have died or become seriously ill after being exposed to a skin patch containing fentanyl, an opioid pain reliever. The FDA urges you to take precautions and make sure patches are stored, used, and disposed of properly. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Aaron Shamo ’s Co-Defendants Sentenced in Dark Web Narcotics Distribution Case
FDA OCI, Aaron Michael Shamo , sentence, Jonathon “Luke” Paz, Drew Wilson Crandall, Alexandrya Marie Tonge, Katherine Lauren Anne Bustin, Mario Anthony Noble, Sean Michael Gygi, Ana “Gabby” Noriega, Christopher Sean Kenny, dark net, drug trafficking, counterfeit pills, fentanyl, alprazolam deaths (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 19, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

The U.S. Reported a Record 93,000 Drug Overdose Deaths During the 2020 Pandemic Year
(NEW YORK) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase. “This is a staggering loss of human life,” said Brandon Marshall, a Brown University public health researcher who tracks overdose trends. The nation was already struggling with its worst overdose epidemic but clearly “COVID has greatly exacerbated the crisis,” he added. Lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions isolated thos...
Source: TIME: Health - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE/AP Tags: Uncategorized Addiction COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

Drug overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year
The coronavirus pandemic and the continued spread of illegal fentanyl took a devastating toll on drug users, experts said, as the government reported a staggering increase in fatalities. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Shifting awareness among electronic dance music party attendees that drugs may contain fentanyl or other adulterants - Palamar JJ, Fitzgerald ND, Cottler LB.
We examined knowledge about potential adulteration/contamination of such drugs among people attending electronic dance music (EDM) parties. METHODS: A... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Rapid SERS quantification of trace fentanyl laced in recreational drugs with a portable Raman module - Wang H, Xue Z, Wu Y, Gilmore J, Wang L, Fabris L.
Rapid identification and quantification of opioid drugs are of significant importance and an urgent need in drug regulation and control, considering the serious social and economic impact of the opioid epidemic in the United States. Unfortunately, techniqu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FEND (Full Energy, No Drugs), an innovative approach to youth drug prevention [conference abstract] - Burgess J, Coderre T.
Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 - Abstract Book - # 2G.003 Context The recreational use of prescription medications (such as opioids and benzodiazepines) and illicit drugs (methamphetamine and illegally made fentanyl) among... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support
Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Addiction (Psychology) Naloxone (Drug) Deaths (Fatalities) Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Biden, Joseph R Jr Greensboro (NC) Fentanyl your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Individual Sentenced To 72 Months For Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Heroin
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 24, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Ideal Option Data Shows a 153% Increase in Fentanyl Use in WA State
King County saw a 55% increase in fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in 2020.(PRWeb June 24, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/ideal_option_data_shows_a_153_increase_in_fentanyl_use_in_wa_state/prweb18026366.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ideal Option Data Show a 153% Increase in Fentanyl Use in WA State
King County saw a 55% increase in fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in 2020.(PRWeb June 24, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/ideal_option_data_shows_a_153_increase_in_fentanyl_use_in_wa_state/prweb18026366.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 24, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Border crisis shows few signs of slowing as migrant encounters, fentanyl seizures stay high
The Biden administration has been facing a continuing crisis at the southern border after taking office in January, and so far there are... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Perceived occupational risk of fentanyl exposure among law enforcement - Attaway PR, Smiley-McDonald HM, Davidson PJ, Kral AH.
BACKGROUND: Although toxicologists, medical professionals, and service providers have determined that the risk of overdose from fentanyl exposure is extremely low for law enforcement and other first responders, hundreds of media and social media accounts c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Polysubstance overdose deaths in the fentanyl era: a latent class analysis - Park JN, Schneider KE, Fowler D, Sherman SG, Mojtabai R, Nestadt PS.
OBJECTIVES:   To elucidate the main latent classes of substances detected among overdose decedents, and latent class associations with age, sex, race, and jurisdiction of death in Maryland. Methods:  We used toxicology data from the Office of th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

NIH-funded study tests “one-stop” mobile clinics to deliver HIV, substance use care
Trial underway to determine whether mobile clinics can help improve health outcomes for people with opioid use disorder (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 9, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Buprenorphine, News Release, Fentanyl, Hepatitis, Heroin, Infectious Diseases, NIDAMED News, Opioids, People with Drug Use Disorders, People with HIV or AIDS, Researchers, Treatment Research, HIV or AIDS, Addiction Science Source Type: news

"Etazene, safer than heroin and fentanyl": non-fentanyl novel synthetic opioid listings on one darknet market - Lamy FR, Daniulaityte R, Barratt MJ, Lokala U, Sheth A, Carlson RG.
BACKGROUND: Novel synthetic opioids are fueling the overdose deaths epidemic in North America.Recently, non-fentanyl novel synthetic opioids have emerged in forensic toxicological results. Cryptomarkets have become important platforms of distribution for i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Good Samaritan laws and overdose mortality in the United States in the fentanyl era - Hamilton L, Davis CS, Kravitz-Wirtz N, Ponicki W, Cerd á M.
BACKGROUND: As of July 2018, 45 United States (US) states and the District of Columbia have enacted an overdose Good Samaritan law (GSL). These laws, which provide limited criminal immunity to individuals who request assistance during an overdose, may be o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Former Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Fentanyl Vials Intended for Patients at Fertility Clinic
FDA OCI, Donna Monticone, Oxford CT, nurse, sentence, tampering, opioids, fentanyl, vial, patients, fertility clinic, Yale Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, secure storage, syringe, surgical procedures, anesthetic, absence, adulterated, sterile saline, consumer protection, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 25, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Competing risks of women and men who use fentanyl: "The number one thing I worry about would be my safety and number two would be overdose" - Harris MTH, Bagley SM, Maschke A, Schoenberger SF, Sampath S, Walley AY, Gunn CM.
BACKGROUND: Standard public health approaches to risk communication do not address the gendered dynamics of drug use. The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of fentanyl-related risks among women and men to inform future risk communication approac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Bessemer Couple Sentenced for Producing Fake Prescription Drugs
FDA OCI, Earnest Coleman, Tashana Sims, sentence, pill presses, fake prescription drugs, punches, dies, plates, defraud, mislead, powders, dyes, China, acetaminophen, fentanyl, heroin, paverine, fake Lortab, fake Adderall, fake Soma, fake Xanax, fake Ecstasy, fake Oxycodone, fake OxyContin, opioids, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 12, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Long-lasting medications may improve treatment satisfaction in people with opioid use disorder
NIH leaders emphasize the importance of patient voices in addiction medication development (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 10, 2021 Category: Addiction Tags: Buprenorphine, News Release, Fentanyl, Health and Medical Professionals, Illicit Opioids, Medication Development, Methadone, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Addiction Science Source Type: news

Fentanyl-related substance scheduling as an effective drug control strategy - Weedn VW, Elizabeth Zaney M, McCord B, Lurie I, Baker A.
Fentanyl is now the primary driver of the current opioid crisis. Fentanyl and its analogues are subject to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the Controlled Substances Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (Federal Analogue Act), state laws, international t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Implementation of a New Hampshire community-initiated response to the opioid crisis: a mixed-methods process evaluation of Safe Station - Moore SK, Saunders EC, McLeman B, Metcalf SA, Walsh O, Bell K, Meier A, Marsch LA.
BACKGROUND: New Hampshire (NH) ranked first for fentanyl- and all opioid-related overdose deaths per capita from 2014 to 2016 and third in 2017 with no rate reduction from the previous year relative to all other states in the US. In response to the opioid ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fentora (fentanyl citrate)
Title: Fentora (fentanyl citrate)Category: MedicationsCreated: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - April 30, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Congress passes extension of opioid enforcement tool
Congress has voted to temporarily extend a sweeping tool that has helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year
(Natural News) More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco last year, a microcosm of a larger nationwide problem coinciding with the pandemic. Data from San Francisco’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows that 708 people were killed by fentanyl in 2020, an astonishing 118 times more since the introduction... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trends in substances involved in polysubstance overdose fatalities in Maryland, USA 2003-2019 - Schneider KE, Nestadt PS, Shaw BR, Park JN.
BACKGROUND: The substances driving the overdose epidemic in the United States have changed over time. Since 2013, fentanyl-analogues have become the primary opioids driving the epidemic. Recently, polysubstance related deaths have come to the forefront of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Longitudinal opioid surveillance project involving toxicologic analysis of postmortem specimens from 9 counties in Michigan suggests the discovery of new high-intensity drug trafficking areas - Stevens C, Li T, Ton E, Zou J, Douglas E, Jones P.
Acetyl fentanyl (AF) is a Schedule I fentanyl analog that has been increasingly seen in heroin and fentanyl polydrug toxicity overdoses in Michigan (MI). Drug users are often unaware of the presence of AF in their drugs because it is often sold mixed into ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid vaccine in the works
(University of Houston) Amid the rise in opioid overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic, a University of Houston researcher has joined a team developing a vaccine for opioid use disorder. The vaccine targets fentanyl, a synthetic and very potent opioid, often added into street drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. Overdose Deaths Have Soared During COVID - 19 Pandemic
Increase largely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - April 16, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Institutional, Source Type: news

AP sources: Tool behind crackdown on opioids could expire
The Biden administration has been slow-walking the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that’s helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says
The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Addiction (Psychology) Buprenorphine (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Deaths (Fatalities) Fentanyl Methamphetamines Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Native Americans Centers for Disease Control a Source Type: news

A toxicologist ’s testimony challenged claims by Derek Chauvin’s lawyer that George Floyd overdosed on fentanyl
Dr. Daniel Isenschmid said that intoxicated driving suspects who used fentanyl often had higher levels of the drug in their blood than... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Navigating post-eviction drug use amidst a changing drug supply: a spatially-oriented qualitative study of overlapping housing and overdose crises in Vancouver, Canada - McNeil R, Fleming T, Collins AB, Czechaczek S, Mayer S, Boyd J.
BACKGROUND: North American cities are experiencing intersecting housing and overdose crises as illicit drug markets become marked by the proliferation of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Despite recent research documenting associations between evictions and d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Former Roanoke-Area EMS Worker Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Fentanyl and Hydromorphone
FDA OCI, Jeffery Leedy, emergency medical services, Roanoke County Emergency Medical Services, tampering, fentanyl, hydromorphone, Central Lynchburg General Hospital, vial, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 26, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Evaluation of fentanyl test strip distribution in two Mid-Atlantic syringe services programs - Park JN, Frankel S, Morris M, Dieni O, Fahey-Morrison L, Luta M, Hunt D, Long J, Sherman SG.
BACKGROUND: Fentanyl test strip (FTS) programs are designed to promote fentanyl awareness and reduce overdose risk by providing people who use drugs (PWUD) with a method of testing drugs for the presence of fentanyl prior to use. In 2018, two large syringe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Recovery center asks businesses to help it battle rising addiction rates
The pandemic has increased the number of people in need of help, including rising abuse of fentanyl. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 12, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Daniel McCoy Source Type: news

harp reductions in costs of producing cannabis, fentanyl likely to spur widespread changes in use, dependence
(Carnegie Mellon University) A new analysis explores the effects of these changes on use. The analysis concludes that sharp declines in production costs for cannabis and opioids could dramatically reduce the price per dose for consumers in ways that alter patterns of use and dependence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures
FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 -- Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased. Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 5, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nurse Pleads Guilty to Swapping Saline for Fentanyl Nurse Pleads Guilty to Swapping Saline for Fentanyl
A former Yale fertility nurse admitted to replacing painkillers with saline, knowing it would cause patients harm.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 5, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Investigating the chemical impurity profiles of fentanyl preparations and precursors to identify chemical attribution signatures for synthetic method attribution - Ovenden SPB, McDowall LJ, McKeown HE, McGill NW, Jones OAH, Pearson JR, Petricevic M, Rogers ML, Rook TJ, Williams J, Webster RL, Zanatta SD.
From an analytical chemistry standpoint, determining the chemical attribution signatures (CAS) of synthetic reaction mixtures is an impurity profiling exercise. Identifying and understanding the impurity profile and CAS of these chemical agents would allow... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Fentanyl Vials Intended for Patients at Fertility Clinic
FDA OCI, Donna Monticone, Oxford CT, tampering, fertility clinic, fentanyl, theft, personal use, diluted vials, saline, nursing license, surrendered, injected self, prescription drugs, consumer protection, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 2, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Phoenix family discovers 5,000 fentanyl pills inside daughter's thrift store toy
The child's parents were cleaning the Glo Worm doll when they found a sandwich bag filled with the drugs, according to police. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Onsolis (fentanyl buccal)
Title: Onsolis (fentanyl buccal)Category: MedicationsCreated: 2/19/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/19/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray
Title: Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal sprayCategory: MedicationsCreated: 2/19/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/19/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Trends and geographic patterns in drug and synthetic opioid overdose deaths - United States, 2013-2019 - Mattson CL, Tanz LJ, Quinn K, Kariisa M, Patel P, Davis NL.
Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (synthetic opioids), which largely consist of illicitly manufactured fentanyl; psychostimulants with abuse potential (e.g., methamphetamine); and cocaine have increased in recent years, particularly s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news