Sex differences in US emergency department non-fatal visits for benzodiazepine poisonings in adolescents and young adults - Bushnell GA, Olfson M, Martins SS.
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepine (BZD)-related overdose deaths have risen in the past decade and BZD misuse contributes to thousands of emergency department (ED) visits annually, with the highest rates in adolescents and young adults. Because there are gaps in u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize
Vulnerable people need support, not stricter lawsBy Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Feb 25 2021 (IPS) Earlier this month, and in December 2020 the Government of Samoa conducted operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total of 1,400 grams of methamphetamine at the border, smuggled from the US. The law enforcement officials (from the Ministry of Customs and Revenue and the Ministry of Police and Prisons) that intercepted these drugs deserve congratulations for their professionalism and skill. Meth is destructive and harmful – and it is good to see this potential threat removed from the community. Simona Marines...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Evaluation of an emergency department-based opioid overdose survivor intervention: difference-in-difference analysis of electronic health record data to assess key outcomes - Watson DP, Weathers T, McGuire A, Cohen A, Huynh P, Bowes C, O'Donnell D, Brucker K, Gupta S.
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a number of emergency department (ED)-based interventions have been developed to provide supports and/or treatment linkage for people who use opioids. However, there is limited research supporting the effectiveness of the major... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Demi Lovato suffered three strokes and a heart attack in 2018 - symptoms of heart attack
DEMI LOVATO has revealed she had three strokes and a heart attack following a drug overdose in 2018. Looking back on the ordeal in a new documentary, the singer said she was told by doctors she was minutes from death. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: 10 Western States See Some Drug Overdoses Deaths Increase by Nearly 100%
Summarizes a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found 10 western states saw drug overdose deaths increase in 2020, particularly in rural counties. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded stress and interrupted substance use disorder treatment services, recommends increased access to Naloxone and funding to implement prevention and treatment strategies. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Demi Lovato Docuseries Trailer: ‘I Had Three Strokes, I Had a Heart Attack’ Amid Overdose
Singer opens up about addiction struggles and aftermath in ‘Dancing With the Devil’ clip (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demi Lovato reveals she had multiple strokes, brain damage after overdose
Demi Lovato is under no obligation to share the deeply personal story of her struggle with mental health and addiction with the public,... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demi Lovato reveals she had a heart attack, 3 strokes after near-fatal overdose
"Commander in Chief" singer Demi Lovato said that after her near-fatal overdose in 2018, she suffered a heart attack, three strokes, and... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demi Lovato opens up about overdose in trailer for new doc: 'I had 3 strokes. I had a heart attack.'
Lovato has spoken before about having struggled with addiction since her teen years. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changing how police departments respond to overdose calls could save lives
Many people are not seeking help during overdoses due to fear of repercussions from law enforcement, writes Dr. S. Monty Ghosh. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Opinion Source Type: news

IU study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies
(Indiana University) Study reveals the unintended and negative consequences of policies designed to reduce the supply of opioids in the population for overdose. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lockdowns, masks destroying mental health of children and young people
(Natural News) In areas of the world where Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns are still a thing, rates of mental illness in children and young people are skyrocketing, according to Dr. Omer Moghraby, a psychiatrist based out of London. Moghraby says he is seeing a massive influx of children cutting themselves or overdosing on pharmaceuticals. Many... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Rehab Services Expands Awareness About Accessing Drug Rehab...
Drug Rehab Services continues to promote the accessibility of substance use treatment during the pandemic, as drug overdose rates surpassed record levels in 2020. Drug Rehab Services focused on...(PRWeb February 17, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/drug_rehab_services_expands_awareness_about_accessing_drug_rehab_during_covid_and_promoting_early_intervention_with_individuals_at_highest_risk_for_overdose/prweb17734165.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Narcan cops: officer perceptions of opioid use and willingness to carry naloxone - White MD, Perrone D, Malm A, Watts S.
Background Opioid use has emerged as a significant public health crisis in cities across the United States. In Arizona, opioid overdose deaths increased by 65% from 2016 to 2018, leading the Governor of Arizona to declare a State of Emergency. Because pol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"The times they are a-changin'": addressing common misconceptions about the role of safe supply in North America's overdose crisis - Bonn M, Palayew A, Bartlett S, Brothers TD, Touesnard N, Tyndall M.
[The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article.] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Patient, prescriber, and community factors associated with filled naloxone prescriptions among patients receiving buprenorphine 2017-18 - Stein BD, Jones CM, Smart R, Sheng F, Sorbero M.
BACKGROUND: Prescribing naloxone to patients at increased opioid overdose risk is a key component of opioid overdose prevention efforts, but little is known about naloxone fills among patients receiving buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, one such high ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Prevalence and charges of opioid-related visits to U.S. emergency departments - Langabeer JR, Stotts AL, Bobrow BJ, Wang HE, Chambers KA, Yatsco AJ, Cardenas-Turanzas M, Champagne-Langabeer T.
OBJECTIVE: An overwhelming responsibility for responding to the opioid epidemic falls on hospital emergency departments (ED). We sought to examine the overall prevalence rate and associated charges of opioid-related diagnoses and overdoses. Although charge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs 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

The variable impact of the overdose crisis on organ donation among five Canadian provinces: a retrospective study - Keenan S, Kramer A, Healey A, Weiss MJ, Dhanani S, Beed S, Djogovic D, Sullivan K, Shemie SD.
BACKGROUND: While most overdose deaths in Canada occur in the community, some patients are resuscitated, admitted to intensive care units having sustained severe anoxic brain injury, and have the potential to be organ donors. The purpose of this study was ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

First aid education for opioid overdose poisoning: scoping review - Pellegrino JL, Krob JL, Orkin A.
Effective health education needs ongoing evidence to support policy development and action in a public health crisis, like the opioid epidemic in the United States. Opioid Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) programs work to change behaviors through... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Understanding overdose incidents in Canadian federal custody - McKendy L, Biro SM, Miron M, Keown LA.
BACKGROUND: While the community effects of the opioid-related drug crisis in Canada are well documented, limited detailed data is available on overdose trends among custodial populations. Given that this crisis has disproportionate impacts on justice invol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Can legalizing cannabis curb deaths from opioids?
A new study from Yale SOM uncovers a striking association: the more legal cannabis dispensaries there are in a given county, the fewer opioid overdoses. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 11, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Overdoses spike in small town B.C. as communities struggle for resources to tackle worsening opioid crisis
British Columbia had a grim record-breaking year in 2020 in its ongoing opioid crisis, with more than 1,700 people dying of drug overdoses, according to new data released Thursday. While urban centres such as Vancouver and Victoria saw the highest number of deaths, rural and remote areas also saw a spike in overdose calls to 911. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Trends and Geographic Patterns in Drug and Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths - United States, 2013-2019
This report describes trends in drug and synthetic opioid overdose deaths. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 11, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Cause of death MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Overdose Prescription Drug Abuse Synthetic Opioids Death Rates Source Type: news

OWN host Dr. Laura Berman warns parents about opioid crisis following teen son's apparent fentanyl overdose
Relationship expert and OWN TV host Dr. Laura Berman is issuing a warning to parents of adolescents about the alarming and growing rate... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Examining the implementation of police-assisted referral programs for substance use disorder services in Massachusetts - Davoust M, Grim V, Hunter A, Jones DK, Rosenbloom D, Stein MD, Drainoni ML.
BACKGROUND: In response to the dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths in recent years, police departments and community partners across the United States have begun to implement programs focused on connecting individuals to substance use disorder serv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments regarding an extension of a generic clearance to collect information through the Drug Overdose Response Investigations (DORI). DORIs are conducted in response to urgent requests from state and local health authorities for epidemiological information to help select interventions to curb local epidemics of drug overdose. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Death by suicide? Drug overdoses muddy waters for investigators, amplify mental health crisis
(West Virginia University) A new West Virginia University-led injury mortality study combines most drug overdose deaths with all suicides into an expanded self-injury category. Exposing a mental health crisis that has unraveled across the United States over the past two decades, study data have direct implications for suicide prevention efforts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Did Virginia Lawmaker Claim Marijuana Overdoses Are A Problem? Here Is The Response
Virginia ’s General Assembly voted Friday to legalize marijuana in the state, with a plan in place to open dispensaries beginning in 2024. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Lifestyle /lifestyle Vices /vices business pharma Source Type: news

Increasing presence of xylazine in heroin and/or fentanyl deaths, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010-2019 - Johnson J, Pizzicato L, Johnson C, Viner K.
Reports from active drug users state that xylazine, the veterinary tranquilliser, has been increasing in the illicit drug supply in Philadelphia. To describe trends and characteristics of unintentional deaths from heroin and/or fentanyl overdose with xylaz... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Non-transport after prehospital naloxone administration is associated with higher risk of subsequent non-fatal overdose - Zozula A, Neth MR, Hogan AN, Stolz U, McMullan J.
OBJECTIVE U.S. opioid overdoses increased nearly six-fold from 1999 to 2018, and greater than 1% of all EMS encounters now involve naloxone administration. While "treat and release" protocols may have low short-term mortality, the risk of subsequent non-fa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trends in US emergency department visits for mental health, overdose, and violence outcomes before and during the CoViD-19 pandemic - Holland KM, Jones C, Vivolo-Kantor AM, Idaikkadar N, Zwald M, Hoots B, Yard E, D'Inverno A, Swedo E, Chen MS, Petrosky E, Board A, Martinez P, Stone DM, Law R, Coletta MA, Adjemian J, Thomas C, Puddy RW, Peacock G, Dowling NF, Houry D.
IMPORTANCE: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, associated mitigation measures, and social and economic impacts may affect mental health, suicidal behavior, substance use, and violence. OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in US emergency de... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Caffeine poisoning successfully treated by venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and emergency hemodialysis - Yasuda S, Hisamura M, Hirano T, Kukihara Y, Kodama K, Konishi K, Nakamura M, Hiramatsu G, Koshimizu K.
We report the case of a patient with caffeine poisoning who was successfully treated with early hemodialysis and venoart... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Women's multiple uses of an overdose prevention technology to mitigate risks and harms within a supportive housing environment: a qualitative study - Bardwell G, Fleming T, McNeil R, Boyd J.
BACKGROUND: North America is amidst an opioid overdose epidemic. In many settings, particularly Canada, the majority of overdose deaths occur indoors and impact structurally vulnerable people who use drugs alone, making targeted housing-based interventions... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Consultancy McKinsey agrees to pay nearly $600M for role in opioid crisis
The business consultant McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million US for its role in consulting businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Experimental vaccine blunts the deadliest of synthetic opioids
(Scripps Research Institute) As the opioid epidemic raged on with an even greater force during COVID-19, the Scripps Research laboratory of chemist Kim Janda, PhD, has been working on new therapeutic interventions that may be able to prevent the bulk of deaths from opioid overdose. Janda and his team have developed experimental vaccines that have shown in rodents to blunt the deadly effects of fentanyl as well as its even more fatal cousin, carfentanil. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is it "true" pain? Pain treatment discharge planning for seriously injured patients - Aronowitz SV, Richmond TS, Compton P, Jacoby SF.
BACKGROUND: The United States is experiencing an opioid overdose crisis accounting for as many as 130 deaths per day. As a result, health care providers are increasingly aware that prescribed opioids can be misused and diverted. Prescription of pain medica... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

CDC: ER visits for drug overdoses, suicide attempts rise during pandemic
Hospital emergency rooms in the United States saw an increase in patients requiring treatment for drug overdoses and suicide attempts in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic raged, according to the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Philadelphia, an Animal Tranquilizer Is Driving Deadly Rise in Opioid ODs
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2020 -- Philadelphia is seeing a surge in overdose fatalities involving heroin and/or fentanyl plus an animal tranquilizer not approved for human use, according to a new study. The tranquilizer -- called xylazine -- is a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 3, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency department visits for mental health, overdose and violence before, during COVID-19 pandemic
(JAMA Network) Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were used to look at changes in emergency department visits for mental health, suicide attempts, drug and opioid overdoses and outcomes of violence before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 3, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The establishment of a medical toxicology consulting service for advancing care of poisoning and overdose in Qatar - Elmoheen A, AlEssai G, Awad Salem W, Thomas SH.
OBJECTIVES: The State of Qatar, in recent decades, underwent rapid, and substantial population growth. The country's emergency medicine (EM) needs are met by government-operated facilities of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), which see virtually all acu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

An Animal Tranquilizer Is Now Linked To One In Three Overdoses In Philadelphia
The vet tranquilliser, xylazine, is now implicated in almost a third of fatal overdoses involving heroin and/or fentanyl in Philadelphia, reveals research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Misha Gajewski, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Lifestyle /lifestyle Vices /vices Source Type: news

Paracetamol overdose: The warning signs that may appear hours after ingestion
PARACETAMOL is a common painkiller that most people are safe to take but overdosing carries serious health risks. Signs you have overdosed can show up within hours. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus doctor's diary: We're getting self-harming 10-year-olds in A&E
More children are self-harming or taking overdoses, and at younger ages, says doctor John Wright. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paracetamol overdose: How to tell you've taken too many painkillers - warning signs
PARACETAMOL is a common painkiller that most people are safe to take but overdosing carries serious health risks. Signs you have overdosed can show up within hours. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada considering drug decriminalization to fight overdose crisis
Canada's federal government is considering decriminalization of the possession of opioids and other illicit drugs in its efforts to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wisconsin Expands Medicaid Coverage of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Members
After extensive consultation with health care providers, counties, tribes, and other stakeholders, Wisconsin will cover the treatment for substance use disorder in a residential setting for members of most of its Medicaid programs beginning February 1. The treatment offered uses a “whole patient” approach that is clinically effective, reduces overdoses and deaths, and helps people sustain recovery. Health care providers will determine whether their patients require this level of care using...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Ottawa urged to decriminalize simple drug possession as overdose deaths reach record highs
A growing number of officials and organizations in Canada, including police and prosecutors, are calling on the federal government to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs. In British Columbia, change has already started. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Restoration of breathing after opioid overdose and spinal cord injury using temporal interference stimulation - Sunshine MD, Cassar à AM, Neufeld E, Grossman N, Mareci TH, Otto KJ, Boyden ES, Fuller DD.
Respiratory insufficiency is a leading cause of death due to drug overdose or neuromuscular disease. We hypothesized that a stimulation paradigm using temporal interference (TI) could restore breathing in such conditions. Following opioid overdose in rats,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news