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Characteristics of self-inflicted drug overdose deaths in North Carolina - Austin AE, Proescholdbell SK, Creppage KE, Asbun A.
BACKGROUND: Drug overdose mortality is a major public health concern in the United States, with prescription opioids contributing substantially to recent increases in drug overdose deaths. Compared to unintentional drug overdose deaths, relatively little d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid deaths down in Colorado after marijuana legalized
Opioid overdose deaths have fallen 6.5 percent in Colorado in the last two years, since stores there were able to start legally selling recreational marijuana, according to a new study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mom speaks about how heroin killed 20-year-old daughter
Samantha Huntley (pictured) of Missouri died of a heroin overdose at age 20 last month. Now, her mother Julieann Gideon is speaking out about her death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Opioid Use in Acute Care
Despite the focus on appropriate use of opioids for pain management, many hospitals continue to see adverse events in which patients are injured from unintentional overdoses. To help hospitals prevent patient harm from the use of opioids, ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) conducted a deep dive analysis of adverse events related to opioids in the acute care setting. Executive brief, a leadership infographic, and an interactive tool are available for free download by registering with ECRI. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Another Outbreak Related to the Nation ’s Opioid Crisis: Hepatitis C
Details the increased rates of Hepatitis C and how they correlate to the opioid epidemic by looking at West Virginia, which has the highest rates of overdose deaths and new hepatitis B and C infections in the country. Because those infected with hepatitis often do not display symptoms immediately, the disease can go untreated for years, leading eventually to end-stage liver disease. This is one among many diseases that are rising in the midst of the opioid epidemic, and although there is a treatment for it, for many it is not affordable. (May require subscription to view full article.) (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

County sues drug companies over opioid epidemic
The suit claims drug companies played a role in the skyrocketing number of opioid overdoses (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic: As Overdoses Become a Leading Cause of Death, Police, Sheriffs, and Health Agencies Must Step Up Their Response (September 2017)
Report outlines local police action on the opioid crisis based on the third national Police Executive Research Forum conference held in April 2017. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The use of cannabis in response to the opioid crisis: a review of the literature - Vyas MB, LeBaron VT, Gilson AM.
BACKGROUND: A staggering number of Americans are dying from overdoses attributed to prescription opioid medications (POMs). In response, states are creating policies related to POM harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, and alternative therapies f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

CDC: Overdose-related deaths in 2016 surpassed death count from peak of AIDS crisis
More than 63,000 people died from a drug overdose last year – that’s more than the number of deaths caused by AIDS in 1995, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of people who died from a drug overdose involving illicitly-manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, more than doubled. Available data shows that heroin contaminated with fentanyl has largely driven the recent increases in opioid-related overdose deaths, Dr. Deborah Dowell from the CDC wrote in an article published this week in JAMA. Get the full story at our sister site, Dr...
Source: Mass Device - October 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Healthcare Reform Hospital Care Pharmaceuticals Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Source Type: news

Getting Naloxone Woke Him Up; Not Having Naloxone Woke Us Up Getting Naloxone Woke Him Up; Not Having Naloxone Woke Us Up
After leaving the hospital one evening, two residents came upon an opioid overdose situation. What happened next underscores the importance of, and challenges with, obtaining life-saving naloxone.Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Article Source Type: news

Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic: As Overdoses Become a Leading Cause of Death, Police, Sheriffs, and Health Agencies Must Step Up Their Response
Police Executive Research Forum. 09/2017 This 92-page report summarizes the epidemic of overdoses by persons addicted to opioid drugs, and what was learned at a national conference held in April 2017. The Police Executive Research Forum focuses on the opioid crisis because despite the work that police and other agencies are doing, the epidemic is continuing to worsen. New concepts in the report include the use of synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil, ways in which police agencies and their partners are developing ways to share information, and how police officers are saving lives with naloxone. (PDF) (Source: Disaste...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Steps the U.S. government should take right now against the opioid epidemic
About 33,000 people died from overdoses to prescription narcotics, heroin or fentanyl in 2015.Related:Cancer researchers learn more about toxic side effects of new treatmentsHospitals scramble to avert saline shortage in wake of Puerto Rico disasterNew maps show big divide between the world’s overweight and underweight children (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatricians need to know how to treat heroin addiction
The number of teenagers dying from drug overdoses is rising, according to the CDC. But few pediatricians know how to treat opioid use disorder, creating a lack of care for addicted children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘ Opioid-Sparing Strategy ’ For Surgery Lowers Risk For Addiction
LOWELL (CBS) — For many people, the opioid addiction begins with prescription pain pills. It’s a story one local dad knows too well. After losing his son to an overdose he is now advocating for change — in the operating room. “You can see his bright, clear eyes and his warm smile. And really healthy and happy, really hopeful,” said Dr. James Baker describing his son, Max, after he shook his addiction to heroin. Max Baker (Photo Courtesy: Baker Family) “He said once the pills started it took less than a year to transition to heroin and he was an addict by 17,” Dr. Baker told WB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Dr. Mallika Marshall Exparel Lowell General Hospital opioid crisis Source Type: news

New Hampshire's chief medical examiner is retiring
Dr Thomas Andrew (pictured), New Hampshire's chief medical examiner, is retiring. He keeps having to delay his end date due to the backlog of dead bodies from opioid overdoses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Manslaughter charges against alleged fentanyl dealers mount across Canada
Some police forces and prosecutors argue that dealers should be held partly responsible for overdose deaths if they knowingly sold the potent opioid fentanyl to customers. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

CA mother saving heroin addicts' lives from her home
Tracey Helton (pictured), 47, from California, mails packages of a lifesaving drug that prevents fatal overdoses to drug addicts. The addicts can request the medicine via her social media accounts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teens and opioids: Time for an open conversation
National surveys have found that teens today are much less likely to use alcohol and drugs compared to their parents’ generation. In fact, the proportion of high school seniors who chose not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs has increased from 3 percent to 25 percent in the last thirty years. This remarkable good news is overshadowed by the growing number of teens who are daily marijuana users and the recent increase in opioid-related deaths among young people. It is important to understand the roots of this discrepancy in order to address it. Statistics show that between 2014 and 2015, the rates of d...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 9, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nicholas Chadi Tags: Ask the Expert Parenting Teen Health Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Source Type: news

Many opioid-dosage combinations have no prescribing restrictions under Medicare formulary
(American College of Physicians) Medicare Part D formularies allowed unrestrictive coverage for many opioids over the past decade, especially at high doses, including drugs commonly associated with overdose. Because formulary coverage directly affects prescribing, these findings suggest that formularies present on underused opportunity to restrict opioid prescribing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Nicotine poisoning symptoms: Can you overdose on too much nicotine?
What is nicotine poisoning and what are the symptoms? Can you overdose? Find out here along with other information on this common issue. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Smoking / Quit Smoking Source Type: news

Preeclampsia triggered by an overdose of gene activity
(Max Delbr ü ck Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) Preclampsia, the most dangerous form of hypertension during a pregnancy, is known to originate in the placenta. But the root causes remain largely a mystery. Findings from MDC scientists reveal that it is not a single disease caused solely by genetic factors: Epigenetically regulated genes play an important role. The Berlin research team also developed an in vitro model of the disorder which demonstrates the dysregulation of an important transcription factor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Titan, Opiant partner to develop subcutaneous implant for opioid use disorder
Titan Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:TTNP) and Opiant Pharmaceuticals(NSDQ:OPNT) announced this week that the companies are partnering to develop a subcutaneous implant to deliver an opioid antagonist. The pair said they plan to conduct a feasibility assessment of such an implant using Titan’s ProNeura sustained release technology. The goal of their collaboration is to devise a way to prevent opioid relapse and overdose in people with opioid use disorder, the companies said, by delivering therapeutic levels of an opioid antagonist for six months at a time. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Busines...
Source: Mass Device - October 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Implants Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Titan Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

5 pounds of THIS in your body?
Did you know that by the time you’re 50, you could have almost five pounds of toxins trapped inside your cells, tissue and organs? For millions of years, we had clean air and pure water. But in the past hundred years, our environment has changed faster than we can evolve with it. We weren’t designed to live in a modern world of manmade chemicals, toxins and pollutants. That’s why purging your body of pollutants is more important today than ever. Environmental toxins have become a major health threat. These toxins have linked with many of today’s chronic diseases including: • Cancer • Di...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Knowledge of the 911 Good Samaritan Law and 911-calling behavior of overdose witnesses - Jakubowski A, Kunins HV, Huxley-Reicher Z, Siegler A.
BACKGROUND: Overdose deaths tripled between 1999 and 2014. Most fatal overdoses are witnessed, offering an opportunity for bystanders to call 911. However, fear of arrest may prevent them from calling authorities. Many states have passed 911 Good Samaritan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Exposure to medication overdose as an adversity in childhood - Mitchell KJ, Nolte K, Turner HA, Hamby S, Jones LM.
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of youth exposure to medication or pill overdose by someone close to them, as well as how common this is within the spectrum of major stressful events and child victimization experienced by youth. DESIGN AND METHODS: Da... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Scene safety and force protection in the era of ultra-potent opioids - Lynch MJ, Suyama J, Guyette FX.
Ultra-potent opioids (fentanyl, carfentanil) are now widely available and fueling an epidemic of overdose. First responders are increasingly exposed to these potent narcotics necessitating guidance for scene safety and force protection from medical directo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Combined use of opioids and gabapentin substantially increases risk of overdose
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - October 3, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Former Athlete Shares Survival Story Of Opioid Addiction From Sports Injuries
TAUNTON (CBS) — There are many benefits to participating in high school sports, but there are also risks few people consider. Every year, thousands of injured athletes are prescribed opioids, and many will become addicted. It happened to Corey Palazzi, a baseball standout from Taunton. During high school, he could throw everything from a curve ball to a knuckle ball–and major league scouts were taking notice. Corey Palazzi. (WBZ-TV) “I actually won the MVP of the whole league,” Corey recalled, when he was the youngest player on his Babe Ruth team. Things changed his junior year at Taunton High when ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Corey Palazzi David Wade opioid crisis Source Type: news

Stanford study: prescription opioid addicts turn to heroin
A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine has found that the number of heroin overdose hospital discharges has gone up since 2008. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother Accused of Killing Daughter With Antidepressants Will Stand Trial
(GLENWOOD, Iowa) — A southwestern Iowa mother accused of giving her 8-year-old daughter fatal amounts of an antidepressant drug is set to stand trial in December. Mills County court records say 34-year-old Misty Frazier, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, child endangerment and giving prescription drugs to a minor without a prescription. The trial is set to begin Dec. 12 for the Glenwood resident. Prosecutors say an autopsy shows the girl died in October of an overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline, commonly sold under the brand name Elavil. Glenwood is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of O...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW Crime onetime Source Type: news

Prescription opioid deaths surpass gun-related deaths… Big Pharma literally killing more people than GUNS
(Natural News) The opioid epidemic in America is killing more people than guns and the blame rests squarely on Big Pharma. Until 2007, the number of deaths by firearm was five times greater than those caused by overdoses, but in 2015 overdose deaths surpassed gun deaths for the first time – and it looks like the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gabapentin co-use may increase risk of fatal opioid overdose
(PLOS) Co-prescription of the anticonvulsant gabapentin is associated with an increased risk of opioid-related death in people who are prescribed opioid painkillers, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 3, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Heroin OD rates skyrocket as efforts against prescription opioid abuse increase
New U.S. hospital overdose data suggests drug addicts are turning from prescription opioid painkillers to heroin as an easier way to get high, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Matthew Dana dies from herbal supplement overdose
Matthew Dana (pictured), a 27-year-old police sergeant from New York, died after overdosing on kratom, an herbal supplement, in August. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

27-year-old man dies from herbal supplement overdose
Matthew Dana (pictured), a 27-year-old police sergeant from New York, died after overdosing on kratom, an herbal supplement, in August. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making Sense of the Numbers —Health Numeracy and You (and Me)
This post is the first in our “Health Literacy Month” series happening this month, October 2017 As health care becomes more sophisticated and complex, it’s more and more likely that we will face situations where we have to use numerical skills to figure out our own treatment choices.  Our capacity to deal with the numerical component of health information is called “health numeracy” and it’s akin to health literacy, but is not the same thing (people can have high literacy and low numeracy, and you can’t tell by looking what a person’s numeracy level is!).   The...
Source: Dragonfly - October 2, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog health literacy health numeracy iconarray Source Type: news

Heroin Taking Bigger Share of U.S. Opioid ODs
MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 -- New U.S. hospital overdose data suggests that drug addicts are turning from prescription opioid painkillers to heroin as an easier way to get high, researchers report. Hospital and emergency room treatment rates for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 2, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ottawa tracking opioid overdoses on First Nation communities for the 1st time
For the first time, the Canadian government is tracking the number of opioid overdoses on First Nation reserves, but the minister in charge says so far the data is incomplete and a struggle to obtain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Post-mortem review of fentanyl-related overdose deaths among identified drug users in Southern Bavaria, Germany, 2005-2014 - Sinicina I, Sachs H, Keil W.
BACKGROUND: Two decades ago, there were only single case reports on deaths in Europe following the consumption of illicitly manufactured fentanyl by problem drug users. Today, lethal fentanyl intoxication is now no longer a rarity. Since 2005, a rapid incr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

#OpioidAwareChat for Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month.  Join our colleagues for a Twitter chat on September 29 from 2-3pm ET to learn how stigma against opioid use disorder can impact recovery and more by following #OpioidAwareChat.  NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NINDS Director Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, special guest American Society of Addiction Medicine, and several other sections of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be responding to questions about the opioid crisis and how the government is working to combat it. Che...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Disaster / Emergency Preparedness Education Health Professionals News from NLM/NIH Public Health Source Type: news

ACMT Position Statement: Toxicology Issues in Determining Brain Death
4 out of 5 stars ACMT Position Statement: Determining Brain Death in Adults After Drug Overdose. Neavyn MJ et al. J Med Toxicol 2017;13:271-273. Full Text The American Academy of Neurology guidelines on determining brain death in adults states that the clinician can not make such a determination unless he or she can  “[e]xclude the presence of a CNS-depressant drug effect by history, drug screen, calculation of clearance using 5 times the drug’s half-life (assuming normal hepatic and renal function), or, if available, drug plasma levels below the therapeutic range.” Excluding drug effect in...
Source: The Poison Review - September 27, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical american college of medical toxicology baclofen brain death position statement Source Type: news

‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Louisa Moller opioid crisis Organ Donation Source Type: news

1-Year-Old Girl Nearly Dies From a Heroin Overdose
(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida couple is facing felony charges after deputies say their 1-year-old girl nearly died from a heroin overdose. Palm Beach County sheriff’s investigators say 38-year-old Charlie Hagan and 49-year-old Joseph Critelli are charged with child neglect. The Palm Beach Post reports Tuesday the couple was arrested last week, two months after the overdose. The baby had been taken to the hospital in July and saved with a heroin antidote. Deputies say Hagan told them she had nearly died of an overdose a week earlier. A relative had asked a judge for custody of the child two days after Hage...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW Crime onetime Source Type: news

CDC Launches Opioid Campaign in Hard-Hit States
TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 -- The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a campaign to reduce overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers. Between 1999 and 2015, more than 183,000 people in the United States died from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 26, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Organic psychosis and nystagmus? consider dextromethorphan toxicity
2 out of 5 stars Dextromethorphan in Cough Syrup: The Poor Man’s Psychosis. Martinak B et al. Psychopharmacol Bull 2017 Sep 15:47:59-63. Full Text Dextromethorphan (DXM) is found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications. At recommended therapeutic dosage (up to 120 mg per day in divided doses) DXM is safe and has no psychiatric effects. However, DXM and its major metabolite —dextrorphan — act as NMDA receptor antagonists, producing effects similar to those of phencyclidine (PCP) or ketamine when taken in large amounts. The intensity of psychiatric symptoms seen after DXM overdose...
Source: The Poison Review - September 26, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical cough and cold medicine dextromethorphan ketamine over-the-counter phencyclidine Source Type: news

#OpioidAwareChat
In 2015 there were 33,091 opioid-related deaths in the US. Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. ER visits and opioid overdose-related deaths have more than quadrupled in the last 15 years. September is National Recovery Month. Join us this Friday for a Twitter chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss opioid use disorder and ways to prevent and treat it. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NINDS Director Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, special guest American Society of Addiction Medicine, and several other NIH and HHS components will be respondin...
Source: Dragonfly - September 25, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Public Libraries Source Type: news

CDC campaign uses testimonials to fight prescription opioid epidemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched a campaign featuring real-life stories of people recovering from opioid-use disorder and people whose loved ones have died due to a prescription opioid overdose. The campaign was designed to boost awareness among Americans about the risks linked with prescription opioids. 91 people die everyday in the U.S. from an opioid-related overdose, according to the CDC. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post CDC campaign uses testimonials to fight prescription opioid epidemic appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - September 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Pain Management Pharmaceuticals Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Source Type: news

Antidote saves victims of painkiller overdose
Currently, emergency medication must be given within eight hours of an overdose, as after this time, the build-up of damaging chemicals released by the liver becomes fatal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid overdose outbreak - West Virginia, August 2016 - Massey J, Kilkenny M, Batdorf S, Sanders SK, Ellison D, Halpin J, Gladden RM, Bixler D, Haddy L, Gupta R.
On August 15, 2016, the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy in Huntington, West Virginia, notified the Cabell-Huntington Health Department (CHHD) of multiple calls regarding opioid overdose received by the emergency medical system (EMS) during 3 p.m.-8 p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

There are now too many opioid overdose victims to autopsy
Medical examiners' offices around the country are opting to not autopsy bodies that they suspect were victims of opioid overdoses so that they can focus on homicides and suicides. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news