Risk of OD Highest for First Days of Opioid & #43; Benzodiazepine Use
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 -- Concurrent benzodiazepine use is associated with increased risk of opioid-related overdose, with the risk highest on the first days of concurrent use, according to a study published online June 22 in JAMA Network... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tribal Opioid Response Grants
Program aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The intent is to reduce unmet treatment need and opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and/or recovery activities for OUD. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Overdose risk quintuples with opioid and benzodiazepine use
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rate of Death Up in Year After Non - Fatal Opioid Overdose
Excess of deaths attributable to substance use - associated, mental health, and medical conditions (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Rate of Death Up in Year After Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- There is a marked excess of deaths among U.S. adults who experience a non-fatal opioid overdose, according to a study published online June 20 in JAMA Psychiatry. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., from Columbia University in New... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

In Opioid Battle, Cigna Launches New Front To Stop Overdoses
Health insurer Cigna is intensifying its battle against misuse and abuse of opioids to reduce opioid overdoses. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CI NASDAQ:ESRX Source Type: news

Kentucky sues WALGREENS for promoting opioid epidemic
(Natural News) On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, and with good reason: Overdoses linked to opioid abuse are the leading cause of death among Americans younger than 50, killing over 64,000 people in 2016 – more than either gun or vehicle accident deaths, and taking lives... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AAMC Health Equity Systems Year 2 Progress Reports - Session 1
July 12, 2018 1:30-3:00pm ET. Join AAMC to review and provide feedback on what 10 academic health centers from across the country have accomplished after 2 years of efforts to " Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity " . Topics include food insecurity, contact-sport concussion prevention, health-harming legal needs, unplanned pregnancy and opiate overdose reduction. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gosport deaths scandal 'likely' elsewhere
Patients and hospital mortality expert express fears for other hospitals Related items fromOnMedica Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Guidance issued on prescribing responsibilities GMC launches gross negligence manslaughter review Opiate overdose kits distributed throughout Scotland Guidance to help care home patients get right medicines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Many Cardiac Arrest-Related Deaths Are Misinterpreted
(MedPage Today) -- Autopsy revised cause of death for nearly half, with many hidden overdoses (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

One in 15 opioid overdose survivors die within a year of recovery, study finds  
A staggering proportion of Americans survived an opioid overdose only to die within a year, Columbia University research found. About a quarter had a relapse, but 75 percent died of other diseases. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After Opioid Overdose, Only 30% Get Medicine to Treat Addiction After Opioid Overdose, Only 30% Get Medicine to Treat Addiction
Patients revived from an opioid overdose who get methadone or Suboxone treatment for addiction afterward are much more likely to be alive a year later, says a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

When the Heart Stops, Drugs Often to Blame
"Hidden" drug overdoses account for nearly 1 in 7 sudden cardiac deaths, a new study says. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lack of insulin tracking at care home left system open to abuse, Wettlaufer inquiry hears
Elizabeth Wettlaufer quit her job at Meadow Park Long-Term Care in London, Ont., the day after a large amount of narcotics went missing. She spent the weekend in hospital after overdosing, a public inquiry heard. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- Survivors of an opioid overdose may consider themselves lucky, but they remain at heightened risk of dying -- not just from drugs, but from a host of medical problems or suicide, a new study finds. Compared with the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

When the Heart Stops, Drugs Often to Blame
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- " Hidden " drug overdoses account for nearly 1 in 7 sudden cardiac deaths, a new study contends. Researchers looked at more than 900 people in San Francisco who died of an apparent out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Through... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Opioid overdose survivors face continued health challenges, higher death rate
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) Survivors of opioid overdose are at great risk of dying in the year after overdose, but the deaths are not always caused by drug use, a new study reveals. In addition to succumbing to drug use, survivors were much more likely to die from respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis, and suicide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows
New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data show
New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Killer nurse abruptly quit job after narcotics went missing at long-term care home
Elizabeth Wettlaufer quit her job at Meadow Park Long-Term Care in London, Ont., the day after a large number of narcotics went missing. She spent the weekend in hospital after overdosing, a public inquiry heard. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/London Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
NIH research confirms effective treatments for opioid use disorder are underutilized. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was co-funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, both parts of NIH. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MAT Tied to Fewer Deaths a Year after Opioid Overdose (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But only three in 10 overdose survivors receive treatment (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
Courtesy of NIDA A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research, published today in the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Overdose, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Pain Medication, Opioids, Heroin Source Type: news

Opioid addiction drugs severely underutilized, study finds
A study finds that despite the ability of medication-assisted treatment drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to save the lives of people who've overdosed on opioids, they continue to be underutilized. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meds for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in OD Survivors
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 -- Use of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is associated with a reduction in all-cause and opioid-related mortality after opioid overdose, according to a study published online June 19 in the Annals of Internal... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meds Can Cut Deaths From Opioid Abuse, But Too Few Get Them
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 -- Buprenorphine and methadone can cut the chances that someone who survives an opioid overdose will succumb to yet another one, but too few patients get the treatments, a new study shows. " We have two drugs that are... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Beyond the walls: risk factors for overdose mortality following release from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons - Pizzicato LN, Drake R, Domer-Shank R, Johnson CC, Viner KM.
BACKGROUND: High overdose mortality after release from state prison systems is well documented; however, little is known about overdose mortality following release from local criminal justice systems (CJS). The purpose of this study was to assess overdose ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Risky opioid prescriptions linked to higher chance of death
(RAND Corporation) Most people who misuse opioids are first exposed to the drugs through prescriptions so improving prescribing is targeted as one way to help curb the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. A new study identified six types of risky opioid prescriptions and found that all were linked to a higher chance of death, including fatal opioid overdoses. The study found more than 6 percent of Massachusetts adults received a risky opioid prescription during a five-year period. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine decrease mortality after nonfatal overdose
(Boston Medical Center) new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction on opioid overdose survivors indicates that two FDA approved medications to treat opioid use disorder save lives, but only three out of 10 overdose survivors receive them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blumenauer sponsors bill to help doctors combat opioid crisis
The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act would break down the firewall that prevents doctors from learning of a patient's substance use disorder. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Kentucky sues Walgreens over opioid epidemic
Attorney general of state with third-highest drug overdose rate blasts chain's dual role as distributor and pharmacy (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State Opioid Response Grants
The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program; Correction
Correction of technical and typographical errors in a final rule published on April 16, 2018. The original rule revised the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) to implement provisions designed to reduce beneficiary misuse or overdose of opioids as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). It included information on changes to improve program integrity policies related to payments in MA, Medicare cost plan, Part D, and PACE programs, among other things. It also included CMS's response to comments submitted on the final rule, including its eff...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

APPLY NOW! The Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity!
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative for FY 2018. HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants through this funding opportunity, with successful awardees receiving up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Opioid overdose responsible for over 500,000 years of life lost in Ohio
(Ohio University) More than 500,000 years of life expectancy were lost in Ohio during a seven-year period, according to a study conducted by The Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health (OAIPH) -- a collaborative initiative formed by Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions and the University of Toledo's College of Health and Human Services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Emergency departments help close gaps in opioid abuse and addiction treatment
(American College of Emergency Physicians) Following emergency care for an opioid overdose, an emergency department-facilitated transition to outpatient care is more likely to lead to healthier patient outcomes when it begins with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the emergency department, according to a review of current evidence published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid tolerance and clinically recognized opioid poisoning among patients prescribed extended-release long-acting opioids - Young JC, Lund JL, Dasgupta N, Jonsson Funk M.
BACKGROUND: In recognition of potential for increased overdose risk, drug labels for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids emphasize the need for established opioid tolerance prior to initiating high dosages. OBJECTIVES: Describe the pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Older Age, ICU, Poor Renal Fcn Up Risk of Opioid OD in Hospital
TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 -- Risk factors for opioid overdose among hospitalized patients include being age 65 years or older, being in an intensive care unit (ICU), and having renal impairment, according to a study published online May 23 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Healey lawsuit links Purdue Pharma to deaths of 670 Mass. residents
Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, alleging that 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed the company's opioid drugs have died from opioid-related overdoses since 2009. The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in Suffolk County Superior Court, names Connecticut-based Purdue as a defendant, along with 16 current and former executives at the company who Healey says were complicit in facilitating and exacerbating the opioid epidemic. According to the complaint,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Not just heroin: extensive polysubstance use among US high school seniors who currently use heroin - Palamar JJ, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P.
BACKGROUND: Heroin-related deaths are on the rise in the US and a large portion of heroin overdoses involve co-use of other drugs such as benzodiazepines. A better understanding of heroin polysubstance use patterns could help discern better prevention meas... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dangerous mistake: an accidental caffeine overdose - Andrade A, Sousa C, Pedro M, Fernandes M.
We report a cas... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Polydrug use patterns, risk behavior and unmet healthcare need in a community-based sample of women who use cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine - Lorvick J, Browne EN, Lambdin BH, Comfort M.
BACKGROUND: The use of multiple illicit drugs (polydrug use) is associated with health-related harms and elevated risk of drug overdose. Polydrug use in common among women who use 'hard' drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. METHODS: Q... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Overdose death leads to calls for education, decriminalization
The body of a man who had a fatal overdose was dropped off at an Ottawa hospital Sunday morning, an incident that has health workers questioning what more can be done to educate opioid users about their options. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Overdose death prompts calls for education, decriminalization
The body of a man who apparently died of a drug overdose was dropped off at an Ottawa hospital Sunday morning, an incident that has health workers questioning what more can be done to educate opioid users about their options. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Corrigendum to "Heroin and fentanyl overdoses in Kentucky: Epidemiology and surveillance" [International Journal of Drug Policy 46 (2017) 120-129] - Slavova S, Costich JF, Bunn TL, Luu H, Singleton M, Hargrove SL, Triplett JS, Quesinberry D, Ralston W, Ingram V.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

From "junkies" to "soccer moms": newspaper representations of overdose, 1988-2014 - McLean K.
In the United States, opioid-related mortality has tripled since 2000, leading the Centers for Disease Control to declare a national overdose epidemic in 2016. With overdose an increasing area of mainstream political and popular concern, some commentators ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health plan uses team approach to face opioid addiction
The numbers tell the story for themselves – of the 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, three quarters were caused by opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And recent reports from the CDC show opioid overdoses increased 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017. The opioid epidemic is not new and it’ s not going away. It is a complex problem that tragically affects too many people. As a company, Tufts Health Plan has made it a priority to support our members,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Publishes Updated Toolkit to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updated its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit, designed to help healthcare providers, families, and other community members prevent opioid overdose deaths, addresses factors that can lead to an opioid overdose death and when and how to use naloxone. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news