Drug Overdose Deaths in 28 States and the District of Columbia: 2020 data from the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System: SUDORS Data Brief, Number 1, June 2022 - Mattson CL, Kumar S, Tanz LJ, Patel P, Luo Q, Davis NL.
Introduction In the United States, 91,799 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2020, a 30% increase from 2019, and provisional estimates suggest continued increases in 2021.1,2 Recent increases in drug overdose deaths have been largely driven by illicitly ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid Tapering Tied to Overdose, Withdrawal, Mental Health Risks for Up to Two Years
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 -- Opioid tapering is associated with increased rates of overdose, withdrawal, and mental health crisis extending up to two years after taper initiation, according to a study published online June 13 in JAMA Network... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 29, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Is Diagnosed in a Major League Soccer Player for the First Time
BOSTON — Researchers have diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a Major League Soccer player for the first time, saying Tuesday that former Sporting Kansas City defender Scott Vermillion suffered from the degenerative brain disease. The Boston University CTE Center said Vermillion, who died of an accidental drug overdose in December 2020 at the age of 44, had CTE. Although it is not possible to connect any individual case to a cause, the disease has been linked to repeated blows to the head. CTE has been found in more than 100 former NFL players as well as semi-pro and high school soccer players. Vermillion i...
Source: TIME: Health - June 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jimmy Golen/AP Tags: Uncategorized Disease healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

Lawmakers Pummel Biden's Drug Policy Czar at House Hearing
(MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, got hit from all sides Monday at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the federal response to the overdose... (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 28, 2022 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Types of criminal legal system exposure and polysubstance use: prevalence and correlates among U.S. adults in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015-2019 - Ford JA, Ortiz K, Schepis TS, McCabe SE.
INTRODUCTION: Criminal legal system (CLS) exposed adults experience higher rates of substance use, substance use disorder (SUD), and overdose. As most CLS exposed adults are not incarcerated, it is important to focus on CLS exposure across the carceral con... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

COVID-19 economic impact payments and opioid overdose deaths: a response - Sprague JE, Yeh AB, Lan Q, Vieson J, McCorkle M.
The letter by Freisthler et al provides an opportunity for much needed discussion on the potential temporal link between stimulus checks and the spike in opioid overdose deaths seen during weeks 17-32 of 2020 in Ohio (Sprague et al., 2022). Freisthler et a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Spatial clustering of heroin-related overdose incidents: a case study in Cincinnati, Ohio - Choi JI, Lee J, Yeh AB, Lan Q, Kang H.
BACKGROUND: Drug overdose is one of the top leading causes of accidental death in the U.S., largely due to the opioid epidemic. Although the opioid epidemic is a nationwide issue, it has not affected the nation uniformly. METHODS: We combined multi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Jaylon Ferguson, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Dies at 26
Mr. Ferguson was unresponsive when he was found in a house in North Baltimore, the authorities said. The Baltimore police said investigators “are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose.” #northbaltimore #overdose #jaylonferguson (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"They say it's fentanyl, but they honestly look like Perc 30s": Initiation and use of counterfeit fentanyl pills - Daniulaityte R, Sweeney K, Ki S, Doebbeling BN, Mendoza N.
Worsening of the overdose crisis in the USA has been linked to the continuing proliferation of non-pharmaceutical fentanyl (NPF). The recent wave of NPF spread in the USA has been fueled by an increased presence of counterfeit pills that contain NPF. This ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Accidental occupational exposure to a large volume of liquid fentanyl on a compromised skin barrier with no resultant effect - Feldman R, Weston BW.
The high prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply has generated concern among first responders regarding occupational exposure. Social media sharing of unconfirmed first responder overdoses after brief exposure to fentanyl may be contributing to a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A randomized clinical trial of the effects of brief versus extended opioid overdose education on naloxone utilization outcomes by individuals with opioid use disorder - Jones JD, Campbell AN, Brandt L, Metz VE, Martinez S, Wall M, Corbeil T, Andrews H, Castillo F, Neale J, Strang J, Ross S, Comer SD.
BACKGROUND: Overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) trains people who use opioids (PWUO) in how to intervene in cases of opioid overdose but best practices have not been assessed empirically. METHODS: PWUO along with a significant other... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trends in characteristics of fentanyl-related poisonings in the United States, 2015-2021 - Palamar JJ, Cottler LB, Goldberger BA, Severtson SG, Grundy DJ, Iwanicki JL, Ciccarone D.
We examined trends in characteristics o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

British Columbia to Face Overdose Crisis With Decriminalization British Columbia to Face Overdose Crisis With Decriminalization
In 2023, it will no longer be a criminal offense to possess up to 2.5 mg of cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, or opioids. The effort is intended to reduce stigma and facilitate treatment.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

HHS Announces Availability of $10 Million for Rural Communities to Expand Treatment in Response to Surging Fentanyl and Other Opioid Overdoses
Announces $10 million in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Notes the sharp increase in fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in rural and urban areas, and offers an overview of federal responses to the issue. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 17, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Quebec teens to learn in school how to use naloxone, intervene in case of an overdose
High school students across Canada will soon be learning how to administer naloxone nasally, in case of an opioid overdose. The new training will be initially deployed in select schools in Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and B.C., before being expanded across the country. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news