What Doctors Should Know About Xylazine in Fentanyl
(MedPage Today) -- It's been about 3 years since Joseph D'Orazio, MD, and his colleagues at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia first noticed something different among injection drug users who came to the hospital. Some patients who overdosed... (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 1, 2023 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Canadian Province Tries Decriminalizing Drugs to Fight Overdose Crisis Canadian Province Tries Decriminalizing Drugs to Fight Overdose Crisis
The western Canadian province of British Columbia on Tuesday began a 3-year pilot program to stop prosecuting people for carrying small amounts of heroin, meth, ecstasy, or crack cocaine, as part of an effort to fight a drug overdose crisis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 1, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Homicides, Drugs Drove Rise in Pregnancy-Associated Deaths During the Pandemic
(MedPage Today) -- Pregnancy-associated deaths related to drug overdoses and homicides substantially increased during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a cross-sectional study. Among over 4,500 such deaths, those caused by... (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 1, 2023 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Canadian Province Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Hard Drugs
TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 -- To fight an urgent opioid overdose crisis, a Canadian province took an unusual step on Tuesday. British Columbia decriminalized small amounts of several hard drugs. This includes up to 2.5 g of cocaine, heroin, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 31, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis, Canadian Province Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Hard Drugs
TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 -- To fight an urgent opioid overdose crisis, a Canadian province took an unusual step on Tuesday. British Columbia decriminalized small amounts of several hard drugs. This includes up to 2.5 grams of cocaine, heroin and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 31, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Understanding Fatal Overdoses to Inform Product Development and Public Health Interventions to Manage Overdose - 03/08/2023
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, will hold a two-day virtual public meeting entitled"Understanding Fatal Overdoses to Inform Product Development and Public Health Interventions to Manage Overdose." (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - January 31, 2023 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Buprenorphine dispensing among youth aged ≤19 years in the United States: 2015-2020 - Terranella A, Guy GP, Mikosz C.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Opioid related overdose among adolescents and young adults in the United States is rising. Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), including buprenorphine can reduce the risk of overdose, however they are underutilized. A bet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 26, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

No Spike in Overdose Deaths From Relaxed Buprenorphine Regs No Spike in Overdose Deaths From Relaxed Buprenorphine Regs
The easing of buprenorphine prescribing and dispensing regulations during the COVID pandemic did not increase buprenorphine-involved overdose deaths, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - January 24, 2023 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

No Increase Seen in OD Deaths Involving Buprenorphine During COVID-19
MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 -- The proportion of overdose deaths involving buprenorphine did not increase in association with actions taken to facilitate access to buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid use disorder during COVID-19, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 23, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

I don't believe a person has to die when trying to get high: overdose prevention and response strategies in rural Illinois - Walters SM, Felsher M, Frank D, Jaiswal J, Townsend T, Muncan B, Bennett AS, Friedman SR, Jenkins W, Pho MT, Fletcher S, Ompad DC.
BACKGROUND: Overdose is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among people who inject drugs. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is now a major driver of opioid overdose deaths. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 23 participan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Overdose detection technologies to reduce solitary overdose deaths: a literature review - Lombardi AR, Arya R, Rosen JG, Thompson E, Welwean R, Tardif J, Rich JD, Park JN.
Drug overdoses were a leading cause of injury and death in the United States in 2021. Solitary drug use and solitary overdose deaths have remained persistent challenges warranting additional attention throughout the overdose epidemic. The goal of this narr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Race-related and mental health factors of powder cocaine use among Black incarcerated men - Miller-Roenigk B, Wheeler P, Hargons C, Stevens-Watkins D.
Incarceration disproportionately impacts Black men in the United States, which can have compounding effects on mental health and substance use among this population. Cocaine use, in particular, carries higher severity of dependence and overdose risks among... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Insulin murder and the case of Colin Norris - Jones AW.
Although insulin is an essential medicine and a life-saving drug, it has also been incriminated in many poisoning deaths; accidental, suicidal and some with malicious intent. Overdosing with insulin precipitates a life-threatening state of hypoglycemia and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Timeline of Selected FDA Activities and Significant Events Addressing Substance Use and Overdose Prevention
Timeline of Selected FDA Activities and Significant Events Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - January 23, 2023 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Changing long-term opioid prescribing behavior
Notifying clinicians that one of their patients died of an overdose reduced the amount of opioids they prescribed for up to a year afterwards. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - January 23, 2023 Category: Research Source Type: news