Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016
Better understanding of the dynamics of the current U.S. overdose epidemic may aid in the development of more effective prevention and control strategies. We analyzed records of 599,255 deaths from 1979 through 2016 from the National Vital Statistics System in which accidental drug poisoning was identified as the main cause of death. By examining all available data on accidental poisoning deaths back to 1979 and showing that the overall 38-year curve is exponential, we provide evidence that the current wave of opioid overdose deaths (due to prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) may just be the latest manifestation of...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jalal, H., Buchanich, J. M., Roberts, M. S., Balmert, L. C., Zhang, K., Burke, D. S. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

TMS Promising for Methamphetamine Withdrawal TMS Promising for Methamphetamine Withdrawal
Few agents are currently available to manage withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to drugs of abuse. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) might be a viable alternative, a study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Psychophysiological and self-reported responses in individuals with methamphetamine use disorder exposed to emotional video stimuli - Chen XJ, Wang CG, Li YH, Sui N.
Individuals with methamphetamine use disorder (MUD) exhibit irritability and compulsive emotional responses, yet the relevant study is scarce. The characteristic of their positive and negative emotional responses can provide effective targets for the clini... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Randomized controlled trial of a positive affect intervention for methamphetamine users - Carrico AW, G όmez W, Jain J, Shoptaw S, Discepola MV, Olem D, Lagana-Jackson J, Andrews R, Neilands TB, Dilworth SE, Evans JL, Woods WJ, Moskowitz JT.
BACKGROUND: Contingency management (CM) is an evidence-based intervention providing rewards in exchange for biomarkers that confirm abstinence from stimulants such as methamphetamine. We tested the efficacy of a positive affect intervention designed to boo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Report: Fentanyl Deaths in Alaska Quadrupled in 2017
By RACHEL D'ORO ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.Alaska State Troopers released its latest annual drug report Wednesday, saying the state's illegal drug problem continues to worsen.According to the report, 37 people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.The report says the amount of fentanyl seized last year equals more than 24,000 lethal doses.Heroin is frequently cut with fentanyl. Alaska State Trooper Capt. Michael Duxbury said at...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Report: Fentanyl Deaths in Alaska Quadrupled in 2017
By RACHEL D'ORO ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.Alaska State Troopers released its latest annual drug report Wednesday, saying the state's illegal drug problem continues to worsen.According to the report, 37 people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.The report says the amount of fentanyl seized last year equals more than 24,000 lethal doses.Heroin is frequently cut with fentanyl. Alaska State Trooper Capt. Michael Duxbury said at...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Taking the brain apart to put it all together again
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) A new Organ Chip system from the Wyss Institute has fluidically linked a Brain Chip with two blood-brain barrier (BBB) Chips to recapitulate the interactions between the brain and its blood vessels. This system reacts to methamphetamine exposure just like a human brain, and has allowed scientists to make new discoveries about just how important our blood vessels are for our mental function. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An eye-opening look at the evolution of medicine: Dangerous substances such as heroin, cocaine, meth, tape worms were once used
(Natural News) While it may be difficult to imagine now, there was a time when heroin was marketed as cough medicine and methamphetamine hydrochloride was a weight loss solution for women. These aren’t the only harmful substances that were used for medicinal purposes, however. Many more so-called cures have come, gone, and become more known... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Methamphetamine and the risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension - Ramirez RL, Perez VJ, Zamanian RT.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug originally developed for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. At present, the epidemic rise of illicit methamphetamine use has increased the number of patients living with medical compli... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The new classes of synthetic illicit drugs can significantly harm the brain: a neuro imaging perspective with full review of MRI findings - Creagh Reyes S, Warden D, Latif MA, Paydar A.
Synthetic drugs contain substances that are pharmacologically similar to those found in traditional illicit drugs. Some of the most commonly abused synthetic drugs include synthetic marijuana, bath salts, ecstasy, N-bomb, methamphetamine and anabolic stero... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Predictors of aggressive behavior while under the influence of illicit drugs among young adult methamphetamine users - Leslie EM, Smirnov A, Cherney A, Wells H, Legosz M, Kemp R, Najman JM.
This study examines w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UCLA receives $9.5 million grant to study link between substance use and HIV transmission
Researchers at theUCLA Fielding School of Public Health have received a five-year,  $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to continue research on possible connections between substance abuse and HIV infection. The new phase of the study began this month; it continues work that started in 2013 with a $7 million grant from NIDA. Approximately two-thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among Latino and African-American men who have sex with men; and studies show that drug abuse is linked with poor adherence to HIV medication and prevention therapies.The grant will enable researchers to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Global methamphetamine trends: an evolving problem - Stoneberg DM, Shukla RK, Magness MB.
The methamphetamine (meth) problem is increasing in regions around the world. As the most widely manufactured amphetamine-type stimulant, it is the second most commonly used illicit drug worldwide. Outside of governmental sources, few studies have examined... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New study suggests ovarian hormone may make drug withdrawal symptoms worse for women
(Dickinson College) Researchers found that a form of the estrogen hormone can contribute to drug relapse in females by worsening withdrawal symptoms. The study looked at the interaction of the female sex hormone estradiol and methamphetamine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Polydrug use patterns, risk behavior and unmet healthcare need in a community-based sample of women who use cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine - Lorvick J, Browne EN, Lambdin BH, Comfort M.
BACKGROUND: The use of multiple illicit drugs (polydrug use) is associated with health-related harms and elevated risk of drug overdose. Polydrug use in common among women who use 'hard' drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. METHODS: Q... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Chemsex linked with increased diagnoses of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
(Wiley) Chemsex -- the use of crystallized methamphetamine, mephedrone,γ-hydroxybutyrate orγ-butyrolactone and to a lesser extent cocaine and ketamine to facilitate sex -- has emerged as a new phenomenon in the UK and across Europe among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Meth mouth, white trash, and the pseudo-racialization of methamphetamine use in the U.S. - Peterson JC, Gubrium A, Fiddian-Green A.
Drug scares have historically been created for a range of purposes and with a variety of effects in the United States. Moral panics evoked by these drug scares either support or challenge dominant American ideas about race, economics, and society. In the p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UM researcher finds link between crystal methamphetamine and immune changes in HIV
This study indicates that stimulants affect pathways in the immune system that allow HIV to become more active and could expand the reservoir. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Relationship between the duration of methamphetamine use and psychotic symptoms: a two-year prospective cohort study - Ma J, Li XD, Wang TY, Li SX, Meng SQ, Blow FC, Ilgen M, Degenhardt L, Lappin J, Wu P, Shi J, Bao YP, Lu L.
This study examined the relationship between the duration of MA use and risk of psychotic symptoms. METHODS: A cohort of 528 individuals with chronic MA use was followed ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Ice parties among young men who have sex with men in Thailand: pleasures, secrecy and risks - Guadamuz TE, Boonmongkon P.
BACKGROUND: Crystal methamphetamine (ice) has become the substance of choice among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in urban Thailand. Yet, there is scarce data on this phenomenon, partly due to the difficulty in accessing men who will disclose and o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Rates and features of methamphetamine-related presentations to emergency departments: an integrative literature review - Jones R, Woods C, Usher K.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To review the clinical impact methamphetamine has on emergency departments (ED) by assessing the available research on the rates and features of methamphetamine-related presentations. BACKGROUND: Globally, methamphetamine avail... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Methamphetamine use and future risk for Parkinson's disease: evidence and clinical implications - Lappin JM, Darke S, Farrell M.
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine use has been posited to be a risk factor for the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) and parkinsonism. The clinical implications of a potential association between methamphetamine use and PD are considered. METHODS: ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Experts Warn of Emerging ‘Stimulant Epidemic’
Abuse of stimulants like methamphetamine, cocaine and even prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin is surging across the country, fed by cheap, potent and plentiful supplies. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health 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

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

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

Mar 30, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Mar 30, 2018 This Week in Cardiology
Dr. John Mandrola discusses heart failure care, methamphetamine, AF ablation, lead extraction, and myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Methamphetamine Abuse Exacts Heavy Toll on the Heart Methamphetamine Abuse Exacts Heavy Toll on the Heart
A large case series sheds light on pulmonary arterial hypertension and dilated cardiomyopathy associated with methamphetamine abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - March 27, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

The impact of methamphetamine use on trauma patients at a Level I trauma center: a 10-year retrospective review - Stroh GR, Dong F, Ablah E, Ward JG, Haan JM.
The effects of methamphetamines (MAs) on trauma patient outcomes have been evaluated, but with discordant results. The purpose of this study was to identify hospital outcomes associated with MA use after traumatic injury. Retrospective review of adult trau... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

She gouged out her eyes while high to get closer to God
There was a message from God, 20-year old Kaylee Muthart believed, that she needed to sacrifice something special. Muthart was high on methamphetamine, a freight train of a dose bigger than all the others, and the signs were all there. A white bird along a dark path. A man with a biblical name asking for […]Related:Dentists keep dying of this lung disease. The CDC can’t figure out why.Nursing assistants accused of sex with patients from psychiatric and substance abuse centerInfants kept suffering fractures and bruises at this hospital — and officials want to know why (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Predictive factors of mortality in acute amphetamine type stimulants poisoning; a review of 226 cases - Rahimi M, Lookzadeh S, Sadeghi R, Soltaninejad K, Shadnia S, Pajoumand A, Hassanian-Moghaddam H, Zamani N, Latifi-Pour M.
In this study we aimed to define the predictive factors of mortality in acute ATS poisoning patient... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cross-sectional cause of death comparisons for stimulant and opioid mortality in San Francisco, 2005-2015 - Turner C, Chandrakumar D, Rowe C, Santos GM, Riley ED, Coffin PO.
BACKGROUND: Opioids and stimulants (e.g., cocaine or methamphetamine/amphetamine [MAMP]) are major contributors to acute substance toxicity deaths. Causes of stimulant death have received little attention. We sought to characterize and compare causes of de... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Gender, Other Factors Tip Meth Users Toward PAH or Cardiomyopathy
(MedPage Today) -- Mechanism by which methamphetamine affects heart still poorly understood (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Indonesia seizes record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam on Tuesday, a narcotics official said, the second major drug bust this month. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Completed suicide among methamphetamine users: a national study - Darke S, Kaye S, Duflou J, Lappin J.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Factors influencing transition to shisheh (methamphetamine) among young people who use drugs in Tehran: a qualitative study - Noroozi A, Malekinejad M, Rahimi-Movaghar A.
This study explored factors influencing the initiation into or transition to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The FDA Is Cracking Down on Imodium and Other Anti-Diarrhea Medicine Because of the Opioid Epidemic
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse. The request comes amid a spike in overdoses from large doses of the over-the-counter drugs, which contain a small amount of an opioid. The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers to package their medications in smaller quantities, such as eight tablets per package. Currently, some generic versions are sold in boxes of up to 200 tablets. The FDA said it also plans to ask online retailers to make it harder to order bulk amounts of the drugs. Th...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Perrone / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime opioids Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Substance Use Treatment Options in High-Need Areas
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded grants to four organizations to establish treatment services for opioid and methamphetamine addictions in areas of the state most in need of help. “Accessible addiction services are a vital part of our plan to treat Wisconsin’sopioid andmethamphetamine problems, ” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “People who are struggling with the chronic disease of addiction need...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 3, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

The 8th Annual Alexander Awards: The Best Tox Reading of 2017
Alexander Gettler Once again, last year’s outstanding examples of long-form journalism dealing with topics related to medical toxicology were dominated by coverage of the opioid crisis, its origins and the resulting carnage. The must-read article of the year was “The Family That Built a Empire of Pain,” Patrick Radden Keefe’s massive history of the Sacklers, one of America’s richest clans, much of whose wealth comes from their ownership of Purdue Pharma and the marketing and distribution of Oxycontin. The article, which appeared in the New Yorker, notes that the clan’s patriarch, Ar...
Source: The Poison Review - January 2, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical 2017 Alexander awards opioids Purdue Pharma Sackler Source Type: news

Prior binge-drinking history promotes the positive affective valence of methamphetamine in mice - Fultz EK, Szumlinski KK.
An alcohol use disorder is a major predisposing factor for methamphetamine (MA) abuse. Further, MA-alcohol co-abuse is a risk factor for treatment discontinuation and non-compliance in MA-dependent individuals. No effective treatment exists for MA addictio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Contribution of CB1Rs in anxiety-related behaviors but not locomotor deficits induced by methamphetamine - Ramshini E, Sepehri G, Ahmadi-Zeidabadi M, Arjmand S, Khaksari M, Shabani M.
Several lines of evidence have indicated that Methamphetamine (METH) exposure leads to neurodegenerative changes in the dopaminergic neurons and subsequently may predispose users to motor deficit. On the other hand, there is a reciprocal regulation between... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Stroke and Methamphetamine Use in Young Adults: A Review Stroke and Methamphetamine Use in Young Adults: A Review
Does methamphetamine use put young people at risk for hemorrhagic stroke? What might be the mechanisms of methamphetamine-associated stroke?Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Kalaban: young drug users' engagements with law enforcement in the Philippines - Lasco G.
BACKGROUND: A violent 'war on drugs' continues to be waged in the Philippines, even as the use of drugs - particular methamphetamine - continues to rise. Furnishing contextual background to the current situation, this paper explores how long-running law en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Commentary: Methamphetamine abuse impairs motor cortical plasticity and function - Du X, Yu C, Hu ZY, Zhou DS.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Social cognition and aggression in methamphetamine dependence with and without a history of psychosis - Uhlmann A, Ipser JC, Wilson D, Stein DJ.
In substance use and psychotic disorders, socially problematic behaviours, such as high aggression may, in part, be explained by deficits in social cognition skills, like the detection of emotions or intentions in others. The aim of this study was to asses... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Myanmar's opium crop plummets, but no victory over Asia's narco-boom: U.N.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A "dramatic" drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Clinical and autopsy characteristics of fatal methamphetamine toxicity in Australia - Darke S, Duflou J, Lappin J, Kaye S.
Characteristics of death attributed solely to methamphetamine toxicity (MT, n = 93) by forensic pathologists were examined and compared to cases of multiple drug toxicity (MDT, n = 634). The mean age of MT cases was 36.7 years, and 86.0% were male. Strenuo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

AHA: Methamphetamine - Related Heart Failure on the Rise
Among veterans, prevalence of heart failure related to meth increased linearly from 2005 to 2015 (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pulmonology, Conference, Source Type: news

Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report. Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news