Syphilis Is Rising in the U.S. Here ’ s What to Know About the Sexually Transmitted Infection
Sexually transmitted infections are rising in the U.S.—particularly syphilis, which increased by 26% from 2020 to 2021, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in September. Especially troubling is a 24% rise during that time period of congenital syphilis, which infects fetuses in the womb and can cause birth defects in or even kill infants. Fortunately, syphilis can be easily treated and cured. However, people who are infected don’t necessarily know it—and without detection and treatment, the disease can have devastating consequences. [time-b...
Source: TIME: Health - September 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Disease healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Why Overdose Deaths Skyrocketed After Opioid Prescriptions Dropped
The American crackdown on the drugs that kicked off the modern opioid overdose epidemic—prescription opioids—largely succeeded. According to data released by the American Medical Association (AMA) on Sept. 8, opioid prescriptions have dropped in every state over the last decade, plummeting nearly 50% nationally. The effort to prevent overdose deaths, however, is an abject failure. Annual opioid overdose deaths more than tripled between 2010 and 2020, according to federal data. Drug overdose deaths over a 12-month period surpassed 100,000 for the first time in April 2021, with about 75% of those deaths involving...
Source: TIME: Health - September 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Associations between psychosocial risk factors, and changes in substance dependence and psychosocial functioning, during engagement with digital cognitive behavioral therapy for methamphetamine use: use of 'Breaking Free from Substance Abuse' by incarcerated people during the COVID-19 pandemic - Elison-Davies S, Newsome J, Jones A, Davies G, Ward J.
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine use can be associated with involvement with correctional services and incarceration. Traditionally, treatments for methamphetamine use have been delivered in-person - however, lockdowns initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic sig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Pre-injury stimulant use in isolated severe traumatic brain injury: effect on outcomes - Jakob DA, Lewis M, Benjamin ER, Haltmeier T, Schn üriger B, Exadaktylos AK, Demetriades D.
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of pre-injury stimulant use (amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine and/or ecstasy) on outcomes after isolated severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Retrospective 2017 TQIP study, inclu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Association of methamphetamine and opioid use with nonfatal overdose in rural communities - Korthuis PT, Cook RR, Foot CA, Leichtling G, Tsui JI, Stopka TJ, Leahy J, Jenkins WD, Baker R, Chan B, Crane HM, Cooper HL, Feinberg J, Zule WA, Go VF, Estadt AT, Nance RM, Smith GS, Westergaard RP, Van Ham B, Brown R, Young AM.
Overdoses continue to increase in the US, but the contribution of methamphetamine use is understudied in rural communities.To estimate the prevalence of methamphetamine use and its correlates among people who use drugs (PWUD) in rural US communities and to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 22, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tennessee woman charged with murder in OD death of inmate boyfriend after allegedly passing him drugs via kiss
Rachal Dollard is accused of passing Joshua Brown an ounce of methamphetamine by kissing him before he died from it. #inmateboyfriend #joshuabrown #methamphetamine (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America
TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 -- Methamphetamine is driving an epidemic of drug overdoses in rural America, a new study concludes. Researchers attribute the surge to meth laced with fentanyl or combined with an opioid that contains... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Methamphetamine, Opioid Co-Use Tied to More Nonfatal Overdoses
MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 -- Methamphetamine and opioid co-users are more likely to have nonfatal overdoses compared with users of either drug alone, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in JAMA Network Open. P. Todd Korthuis, M.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 15, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Methamphetamine use propels drug overdoses in rural America, study finds
Roughly four of five people using drugs in rural parts of the United States are taking methamphetamines, possibly laced with fentanyl, a study published Monday found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notes from the field: overdose deaths involving eutylone (psychoactive bath salts) - United States, 2020 - Gladden RM, Chavez-Gray V, O'Donnell J, Goldberger BA.
Synthetic cathinones (known as psychoactive bath salts) are a class of potent central nervous stimulants that mimic the effects produced by cocaine, methamphetamine, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; known as ecstasy). Synthetic cathinones have been... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Attempted suicide with intravenous methamphetamine and chemsex - Garcia-Fuentes D, Fern ández-Fernández EP, Nielsen NP, Santiago EBD, Giné-Servén E, Crespillo JC, Garcia-Fuentes D, Fernández-Fernández EP, Nielsen NP, Santiago EBD, Giné-Servén E, Crespillo JC.
BACKGROUND: Undiagnosed attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is frequent in the substance abuse disorder population, and has an intense repercussion in the daily life of the patients. That condition increases the risk of substance abuse d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Most Eutylone-Involved Deaths in 2020 Occurred in Two States
THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 -- Most eutylone-involved deaths in 2020 occurred in two states, and deaths commonly co-involved illicitly manufactured fentanyls (IMFs) and cocaine or methamphetamine, according to research published in the Aug. 12 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 11, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Methamphetamine, amphetamine, and aggression in humans: a systematic review of drug administration studies - O'Malley KY, Hart CL, Casey S, Downey LA.
The relationship between amphetamine use and aggressive or violent behaviour is unclear. This review examined laboratory data collected in humans, who were administered an acute dose of amphetamine or methamphetamine, in order to investigate the link betwe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 8, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Narcan Can Save an Opioid User ’ s Life. What to Know About the Drug
In the U.S., a record-setting 81,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids in 2021. But despite that grim number, there’s hope: medications like buprenorphine can treat opioid-use disorder, while harm-reduction methods such as needle exchanges can limit threats like infectious disease. There’s also another promising tool, naloxone. The emergency medication reverses the effects of opioids on the brain for 30 to 90 minutes, allowing people who have overdosed on an opioid to start breathing again. Distributed as an injectable drug or nasal spray sold under the brand name Narcan, it can save lives. For it to...
Source: TIME: Health - August 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

AHA News: Research Captures Unfolding Cardiovascular Toll From Meth Use
MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- A massive new study spotlights the toll methamphetamine use may take on heart health, suggesting men, people with kidney disease and those with high blood pressure are especially at... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 1, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news