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WATCH: Phoenix firefighters share stories of trying to save opioid overdose victims
In June, Arizona declared a health emergency to address the growing number of opioid deaths, and these firefighters are on the front lines. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nightline Source Type: news

Even Overdose Doesn ’ t Stop Opioid Prescribing
Few receive medication - assisted treatment after hospital discharge, researchers find (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Toronto harm reduction workers hope drug testing strips can help prevent fentanyl overdoses
At the overdose prevention site in Moss Park, harm reduction workers will soon have another tool to help drug users avoid fatal overdoses — test strips able to detect the presence of fentanyl. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Hospitals Could Do More For Survivors Of Opioid Overdoses, Study Suggests
Researchers say hospitals are missing an opportunity to help people with opioid addiction get into treatment by not doing enough when they show up in emergency rooms after an overdose.(Image credit: FangXiaNuo/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrea Hsu Source Type: news

Many patients continue receiving opioid prescriptions after overdose, study says
After an opioid overdose, many Medicaid patients continue to receive prescriptions for the same type of drugs that nearly killed them, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Prescribed Opioids Even After Overdose
Few receive anti-addiction medications after hospital discharge, researchers find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Prescribed Opioids Even After Overdose
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 -- After treatment for an opioid overdose, many Medicaid patients continue to receive prescriptions for the same type of drugs that nearly killed them, researchers say. Moreover, few overdose patients are prescribed... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 22, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Toronto now has an official safe-injection site, but will drug users go?
Toronto now has two supervised injection sites — one official, one unsanctioned — where drug users can have someone watch over them, and one harm-reduction worker says the city will need both and many more if it’s going to prevent overdose deaths in the future. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose
(The JAMA Network Journals) Despite receiving medical attention for an overdose, patients in Pennsylvania Medicaid continued to have persistently high prescription opioid use, with only slight increases in use of medication-assisted treatment, according to a study published by JAMA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Help most vulnerable patients: Health Minister Jane Philpott to doctors at CMA meeting
Minister focuses remarks on three of the country's most vulnerable groups — Indigenous Peoples, those addicted to opioids and at risk of dying of an overdose, and young people with mental health issues. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Philpott urges doctors to help improve health of most vulnerable patient groups
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada's doctors have a major role to play in improving the health of the country's most vulnerable populations, including those at risk for a fatal overdose due to rampant opioid use and abuse, a crisis she characterized as a national public health emergency. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Supplement warning: Overdosing on THIS nutrient can trigger diabetes
SUPPLEMENTS are already confusing enough - from knowing which ones to take, to differentiating between types with similar names. But popping the wrong one can have negative consequences, particularly when it comes to omega-3 and omega-6. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fentanyl death rates have gone up 600 percent in US cities
The rate of deaths related to fentanyl overdoses in US cities increased 600 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis. The problem is particularly bad in East Coast cities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Father charged in baby boy's fatal overdose of opioid combo
An Ohio man has been charged in the fatal drug overdose of his 1-year-old son (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace
Police and rescue crews say drivers overdosing on heroin and other drugs are driving up the number of car crashes (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Teen Overdose Deaths Are Up (FREE)
By the Editors Drug overdose deaths among adolescents are climbing again, suggests new CDC data.From 1999 to … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

There's Been A Shocking Surge In Teen Overdose Deaths
America's opioid epidemic is killing its teens. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump's solution to the opioid epidemic crisis? MORE SPENDING on mental health services and "treatment"
(Natural News) Last Thursday, President Donald Trump announced to reporters that he would be declaring America’s opioid crisis a national emergency, as roughly 142 people die each day of drug overdoses in the U.S. Trump is correct that the problem has gotten out of hand in our nation, with around 35,000 people dying of opioid... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indiana mom-of-four lost two sons to opioids in one night
Rebecca Savage, a mother-of-four from Granger, Indiana, lost two of her teenage sons (pictured left), Jack (left), 18, and Nick (right), 19, in one night after the boys overdosed on oxycodone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid overdoses leading to more ICU admissions and deaths
(Reuters Health) - A growing number of Americans are needing intensive care for opioid overdoses and dying after receiving treatment for serious complications, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nation's Largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager Puts Limits on Opioid Prescriptions
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients. About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More tha...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jim Salter, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nation's Largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager Puts Limits on Opioid Prescriptions
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients. About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More tha...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jim Salter, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Fatal drug overdose deaths on the rise among U.S. teens
Heroin led to the most deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds, the CDC says (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Geisel Students Confront Granite State ’s Opioid Epidemic
Project 439 seeks to stem the rising tide of opioid overdose deaths in New Hampshire while helping those struggling with substance abuse protect their health. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - August 16, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Susan Green Tags: Insider News community health community service Features Home-feature medical students opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

CDC: More U.S. teens are dying of opioid overdose
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- The rate of opioid drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Rising Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Rising
After declining for several years, the rate of deaths due to drug overdose among adolescents aged 15 to 19 years rose by 19% in 2015 and was highest for opioids, specifically heroin.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Manchester father died of accidental overdose of Imodium
Aaron McCaffrey (pictured), 27, from Manchester became addicted to diarrhoea-relief tablets that he had stockpiled. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen drug overdose deaths in U.S. creep up after years of decline
After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Doubled From 1999 to 2015 [Infographic]
After a noticeable decline between 2007 and 2014, drug overdose deaths among U.S. adolescents have now inched up again. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Niall McCarthy, Contributor Source Type: news

NCHS: Teen Opioid Overdoses Rise After Years of Decline
(MedPage Today) -- Majority of drug overdose deaths were accidental (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Teen overdose death rate climbed 19% in one year
The rate of teen drug overdose deaths climbed 19% from 2014 to 2015, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000, according to data released this week. The new numbers involve teens ages 15 to 19 and were released by the National Center for Health Statistics. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- The rate of opioid drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds. The number of drug overdose deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds rose 15 percent... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Teen drug overdose death rates rose in 2015, the CDC said
New data from the CDC showed that the drug overdose death rate for teens increased in 2015 for the first time since 2007. The report highlights the growing opioid crisis in America. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WVU Researchers, Health Professionals Lead New Effort to Prevent HIV and Hepatitis C Outbreaks Related to Opioid Epidemic
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose fatality and hepatitis rates in the U.S., which makes them particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV, especially because local health systems in rural areas may not have the ability to address an outbreak. Led by West Virginia University, the Rural West Virginia Responds to Opioid Injection Epidemics: From Data to Action project is developing an integrated prevention, harm reduction, and treatment team to rapidly identify and mitigate small HIV "microepidemics" in eight southern West Virginia counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 16, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Free overdose support tool
OpiRescue is a free overdose support tool provided by OpiSafe. The recommended steps for responding to an overdose provided in this application have been developed by SAMHSA and are publicly available in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit. Available for desktop use and for iPhone and Adriod. .da     (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - August 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: Community College/Academic Libraries Health Sciences K-12 Public Libraries Source Type: news

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline
A new report finds drug overdose deaths among US teens have inched up after years of decline (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Drug deaths in Scotland rose by 23% in 2016
The total number of fatal overdoses was recorded at 867 in 2016 - nearly a quarter higher than 2015. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical appearance and unusual imaging findings of pediatric ketamine overdose
(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) Case report on a 10-month-old infant who inadvertently ingested ketamine. The paper offers detailed clinical information and unusual MRI findings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ICU Admissions for Opioid Overdose Up From 2009 to 2015
Average annual mortality rate was 7 percent, with increase to 10 percent in 2015 (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Police try out new database for documenting opioid overdoses
Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Geographic variation in opioid and heroin involved drug poisoning mortality rates - Ruhm CJ.
INTRODUCTION: An important barrier to formulating effective policies to address the rapid rise in U.S. fatal overdoses is that the specific drugs involved are frequently not identified on death certificates. This analysis supplies improved estimates of sta... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opening a supervised injection site 'not a simple process': new guidelines aim to help
The BC Centre for Substance Use has published a new set of guidelines for opening and running a supervised injection site as the death toll continues to climb in the ongoing overdose crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose ICU Admissions Increasing (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Overdose patients are sicker, ICU death rate increasing (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Citing overdose 'crisis,' police to allow unsanctioned Toronto injection site
An unofficial "overdose prevention site" opened today in downtown Toronto, staffed by harm reduction workers with anti-overdose medication at the ready. Police were at the scene but allowed the site to operate. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Endorse Toxicology Groups' Opioid Safety Precautions Guidance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) announces its endorsement of a new American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) document detailing pragmatic and actionable safety precautions for first responders in opioid overdose situations. NAEMSP is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. In pursuing its mission to improve out-of-hospital emergency medical care, NAEMSP’s Executive Board and Standards and Clinical Practice Committe...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Endorse Toxicology Groups' Opioid Safety Precautions Guidance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) announces its endorsement of a new American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) document detailing pragmatic and actionable safety precautions for first responders in opioid overdose situations. NAEMSP is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. In pursuing its mission to improve out-of-hospital emergency medical care, NAEMSP’s Executive Board and Standards and Clinical Practice Committe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

President Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He said he'd be drawing up documents to f...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

President Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He said he'd be drawing up documents to f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news