Immediate-Release Opioids Get Label Changes, Boxed Warning (FREE)

By Kristin J. Kelley Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH All immediate-release prescription opioids must now carry a boxed warning about the risks for abuse, addiction, and misuse associated with the painkillers, the FDA announced …
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Observe differences in body fat, diet quality, and food addiction and security between former heroin users and non-heroin users in the Hispanic population.
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Late-Breaking Research Abstracts Source Type: research
The ongoing opioid crisis, centered in the United States, demands new insights into the complex and largely unknown mechanisms of opioid tolerance and addiction. Opioids, ranging from the natural opiates such as morphine to synthetic alternatives such as fentanyl, are widely used in the clinic as analgesics for acute and chronic pain. However, long-term administration of opioids may result in tolerance development and thus increase the risk of overdose and death. Broad availability of both prescription and illegal opioids has fueled substance use disorders.
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Early Career Investigator Commentary Source Type: research
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are neuropsychiatric diseases with complex etiologies that include genetic/individual predispositions to drug responses that are influenced by distinct environmental stressors (1). Because humans meet the criteria for SUDs only after repeated exposure to drugs, it has been suggested that these drugs may cause long-term neuroplastic changes secondary to epigenetic alterations and associated changes in gene expression. Therefore, recent efforts to dissect molecular responses to drugs have included discovery approaches using large-scale RNA sequencing to investigate the impact of drugs on gene e...
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
Curr Psychol. 2021 Sep 12:1-10. doi: 10.1007/s12144-021-02269-3. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe prevalence of metabolic syndrome among individuals with severe mental illness is considerably higher than in the general population, contributing to the 15-20-year shorter life expectancy of this client population. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel, complex psychosocial program to reduce metabolic syndrome. Members of both the intervention (n = 78) and control (n = 31) group were psychiatric outpatients with severe/persistent mental illness struggling with one or more symptoms of metabol...
Source: Current Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
ConclusionsNear or above national average rates of substance use lends credence to the importance of this issue within Arab American communities. Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use are multifactorial issues requiring increased attention and further exploration into factors associated with substance use, including potential stigma and the challenges of cultural acceptability.
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
AbstractSubstance use disorder is a major public health concern in India. Understanding social support among persons who were abstaining from substance use would help in promoting long-term abstinence. To examine perceived social support among abstinent individuals with substance use disorder.Cross-sectional study design was used. Sixty subjects who were attending follow-up service were selected consecutively from out-patient specialty clinic (Addiction Medicine), tertiary care teaching hospital, Bangalore. Persons with SUDs between the age of 18 –60 years with minimum abstinence period of three months and abo...
Source: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
OneFifteen's Connie Fischer helps to stabilize patients in the throes of addiction. She is a 2021 Health Care Hero.
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(Natural News) If you live near a major U.S. city, you don’t have to go to a movie theater to see a horror show.  Instead, just find out where fentanyl-laced heroin is being sold and go hang out with the drug addicts for a few hours.  If you survive the encounter, it will be an...
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STEVE COOGAN is a man of many talents. Best known for his socially inept and politically incorrect character Alan Partridge, Coogan has become a welcome face of the screen both big and small. However, along with this fame came an enormous amount of pressure; his actions in order to cope with that pressure were extreme - leading him to think he was going to die.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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