Youth Opioid Deaths Often Involve Other Substances, Too
In 2018, more than half of opioid overdose deaths involved polysubstance, most commonly cocaine (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Journal, Source Type: news

ADHD Medication ODs Rising in U.S. Kids, Teens
The researchers called for greater efforts to identify kids at risk for overdose, and more education on safe storage of prescription and over-the-counter medications for parents and caregivers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Youth Opioid Deaths Often Involve Other Substances, Too
MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 -- In 2018, polysubstance-involved opioid overdose deaths became more common than deaths involving opioids alone among U.S. youth, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in JAMA Pediatrics. Jamie K. Lim, M.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ADHD Medication ODs Rising in U.S. Kids, Teens
  MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 -- Growing numbers of younger kids are overdosing on stimulant medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study indicates. The researchers called for greater efforts to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Large Increase Seen in Overdose - Related Cardiac Arrests in COVID - 19
Overdose - related cardiac arrests sharply increased during April 2020, followed by subsequent decrease (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 4, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Journal, Source Type: news

COVID-19 Fuels Surge in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests COVID-19 Fuels Surge in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests
Researchers urge investments in substance use treatment, harm reduction, and the structural drivers of overdose as core elements of the COVID-19 response.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Large Increase Seen in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests in COVID-19
FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2020 -- There was a large national increase in overdose-related cardiac arrests during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Psychiatry. Joseph Friedman, M.P.H.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pandemic Is Driving U.S. Surge in Cardiac Arrests Tied to Overdose
Title: Pandemic Is Driving U.S. Surge in Cardiac Arrests Tied to OverdoseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/3/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/4/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - December 4, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Pandemic Is Driving U.S. Surge in Cardiac Arrests Tied to Overdose
Analyzing data on nearly 26 million EMS calls in 2020, they found that OD-linked cardiac arrests reached a peak in May, when lockdowns began to really take hold across the United States. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic Is Driving U.S. Surge in Cardiac Arrests Tied to Overdose
JAMAODCOVID.pdf THURSDAY, Dec. 3 -- Blame it on the pandemic: For people struggling with drug addiction, 2020 has triggered a big rise in emergency room visits for cardiac arrest tied to drug overdoses, new research shows. The finding was based on... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 3, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Heroin and the illegal drug overdose death epidemic: a history of missed opportunities and resistance - Boyd S.
BACKGROUND: Due to prohibitionist policies and practices, a poisoned illegal drug supply, and inadequate access to flexible substitution programs, Canada is currently experiencing the worst illegal drug overdose death epidemic in its history. In examining ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The opioid/overdose crisis as a dialectics of pain, despair, and one-sided struggle - Friedman SR, Krawczyk N, Perlman DC, Mateu-Gelabert P, Ompad DC, Hamilton L, Nikolopoulos G, Guarino H, Cerd á M.
The opioid/overdose crisis in the United States and Canada has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and has become a major field for research and interventions. It has embroiled pharmaceutical companies in lawsuits and possible bankruptcy filings. Effect... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Overdose-related cardiac arrests observed by emergency medical services during COVID-19 pandemic
(JAMA Network) Emerging changes in overdose-related cardiac arrests in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic are described in this observational study using a large national emergency medical services database. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Policy changes to pharmacy-based naloxone provision significantly increased uptake among individuals at a high risk of opioid overdose, suggests new study
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - December 2, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Detection of suicidality among opioid users on Reddit: machine learning-based approach - Yao H, Rashidian S, Dong X, Duanmu H, Rosenthal RN, Wang F.
BACKGROUND: In recent years, both suicide and overdose rates have been increasing. Many individuals who struggle with opioid use disorder are prone to suicidal ideation; this may often result in overdose. However, these fatal overdoses are difficult to cla... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New health care model predicts opioid abuse and overdose
The toll of the opioid epidemic has been staggering. “In 2015, the amount of opioids prescribed was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks.” From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people died from a drug overdose. Nearly 68 percent involved a prescription or illicit opioid. 10.3 million people misused prescripti on opioids in 2018. An estimated 40 percent of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Early research suggests the Covid-19 pandemic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jasmine McCammon Source Type: news

"I couldn't live with killing one of my friends or anybody": a rapid ethnographic study of drug sellers' use of drug checking - Betsos A, Valleriani J, Boyd J, Bardwell G, Kerr T, McNeil R.
INTRODUCTION: Drug sellers are often represented as morally bereft actors and as being, in part, responsible for North America's overdose crisis. In Canada and the United States, drug sellers selling fentanyl and fentanyl-adulterated drugs have been charge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-term SM) Communities Study: protocol for a cluster randomized trial at the community level to reduce opioid overdose deaths through implementation of an integrated set of evidence-based practices - HEALing Communities Study Consortium.
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths remain high in the U.S. Despite having effective interventions to prevent overdose deaths, there are numerous barriers that impede their adoption. The primary aim of the HEALing Communities Study (HCS) is to determine the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"Opening the door to somebody who has a chance." - The experiences and perceptions of public safety personnel towards a public restroom overdose prevention alarm system - Buchheit BM, Crable EL, Lipson SK, Drainoni ML, Walley AY.
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths have surged due to fentanyl in the illicit opioid supply, which causes overdose more rapidly than other opioids. Public restrooms are venues where fentanyl overdoses commonly occur. In response, some organizations have im... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"That's why people don't call 911 ″: ending routine police attendance at drug overdoses - van der Meulen E, Chu SKH, Butler-McPhee J.
Research has shown that police attendance and the corresponding threat of criminal charges are major deterrents to people seeking emergency medical assistance in the event of an overdose. In response to these barriers, Canada passed the Good Samaritan Drug... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Recreational cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid overdose: insights from pediatric inpatients - Pankaj A, Oraka K, Caraballo-Rivera EJ, Ahmad M, Zahid S, Munir S, Gurumurthy G, Okoeguale O, Verma S, Patel RS.
OBJECTIVEs Our first goal is to evaluate the prevalence of hospital admissions for prescription opioid overdose (POD) in pediatric inpatients, and next goal is to measure the independent association between cannabis use disorders (CUD) and POD. MET... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses
Court filings reveal consultants ’ talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) OxyContin (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic McKinsey & Purdue Pharma CVS Caremark Corporation Food and Drug Administration Source Type: news

Opioid Deaths in Young Americans Often Involve Other Drugs
FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2020 -- Opioid overdose deaths involving more than one substance are more common among American teens and young adults than deaths caused by opioids alone, researchers report. They also found that stimulants such as cocaine and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 27, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

5 British Columbians dying every day from overdose, coroner reports
The BC Coroners Service says 162 people died in October due to overdoses from toxic illicit drugs, making it the fifth month in 2020 where the death toll has exceeded 160, and the eighth straight month with over 100 dead. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Money promised to combat US overdose crisis sits unused
The $200 million account set aside to combat U.S. overdoses sits unused. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary treatment of acute iron poisoning due to suicide attempt - Petersen SM, Boysen T, Svane MS, Christensen MB.
Intentional iron overdoses have an insidious and potentially fatal clinical course. This is a case report of a young woman, who deliberately ingested 300 tablets ferrous fumarate 330 mg, i.e. 400 mg elementary iron per kg body weight. Plain abdominal radio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Law change allowed greater access to opioid addiction treatment, study finds
A 2017 law change allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe drugs for opioid overdose and addiction treatment improved access for people in rural areas, a new study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Opioid overdose deaths involving other substances more common in youth
(Boston Medical Center) Results of a new study show that opioid overdose deaths involving more than one substance (polysubstances) are more common than opioid-only overdose deaths among youth. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction, the data shows that cocaine and other stimulants like crystal methamphetamine are the substances most commonly involved in opioid overdose deaths in young people between the ages of 13 and 25. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ex-health minister Philpott says federal government should back drug decriminalization in Vancouver
Former federal health minister Jane Philpott is urging the federal government to “be bold” and approve Vancouver’s pitch to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs to help stem a growing tide of overdose deaths. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Limited access to buprenorphine restricts resident physicians treating opioid abusers
(University of South Florida (USF Health)) A University of South Florida Health-led survey of resident physicians in Florida indicates they are interested in treating opioid addiction but face barriers to offering patients treatment using buprenorphine, an FDA-approved medication shown to successfully decrease opioid use, overdose events, and deaths associated with opioids. Many states have reported increased deaths from opioids since the COVID-19 epidemic began, underscoring the need to remove barriers to care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemics And Overdoses: Covid-19 May Worsen Our Opioid Epidemic
Research exploring the link between economic downturns and opioid overdoses alerts us to another way COVID-19 may harm our health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus business pharma Source Type: news

Vancouver seeks federal approval to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs
With 2020 shaping up to be the worst on record for overdose deaths in the Vancouver, Mayor Kennedy Stewart is asking the feds to allow the city to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Vancouver to seek federal approval to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs
With 2020 tracking to be the worst on record for overdose deaths in Vancouver, Mayor Kennedy Stewart will ask the federal government for an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so the city can decriminalize simple possession. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

UTSA researcher examines drug overdose mortality in the Hispanic community
(University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA researcher Manuel Cano, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at UTSA is shedding light to understand the topic of drug overdose deaths in the Hispanic community. In the article " Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Hispanics: Trends (2000-2017) and Recent Patterns "   published in " Substance Use& Misuse " Cano used national death certificate data (data recording all deaths of U.S. residents) to examine drug overdose mortality in different Hispanic subgroups, based on heritage, place of birth and gender. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A study to assess the prevalence of unintentional paracetamol overdose among patients presenting in dental pain in primary care - George I, Meldrum J.
Introduction Paracetamol is a very commonly used medication for the treatment of dental pain in the UK. Our study aimed to assess patient awareness of maximum doses and investigate the prevalence of overdosing on paracetamol from recommended doses.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

"It's an emotional roller coaster … But sometimes it's f.ing awesome": meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia - Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, McKenzie S, Cameron F, Edwards D, Howell A, Knott M, Scott T, Seguin R, Greer AM, Buxton JA.
BACKGROUND: The province of British Columbia (BC), Canada is amid dual public health emergencies in which the overdose epidemic declared in 2016 has been exacerbated by restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Experienti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trends in the diagnosis of diseases of despair in the United States, 2009-2018: a retrospective cohort study - Brignone E, George DR, Sinoway L, Katz C, Sauder C, Murray A, Gladden R, Kraschnewski JL.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Increasing mortality and decreasing life expectancy in the USA are largely attributable to accidental overdose, alcohol-related disease and suicide. These 'deaths of despair' often follow years of morbidity, yet little is known ab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Public health officials say Montreal now facing opioid crisis
The number of times paramedics in Montreal and Laval administered naloxone to treat overdoses from June to October this year more than doubled compared to the same period last year. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Study: 311 calls may predict opioid overdose hotspots
Call volumes to 311 -- used by many cities to report non-emergency issues -- for nuisance code violations accurately predicted future opioid overdose " hotspots " more than 90% of the time, a study indicates. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparing mortality and healthcare utilization in the year following a paramedic-attended non-fatal overdose among people who were and were not transported to hospital: a prospective cohort study using linked administrative health data - McLeod KE, Slaunwhite AK, Zhao B, Moe J, Purssell R, Gan W, Xavier C, Kuo M, Mill C, Buxton JA, Scheuermeyer FX.
This study investigated risk of death and subsequent he... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Health communication campaigns to drive demand for evidence-based practices and reduce stigma in the HEALing communities study - Lefebvre RC, Chandler RK, Helme DW, Kerner R, Mann S, Stein MD, Reynolds J, Slater MD, Anakaraonye AR, Beard D, Burrus O, Frkovich J, Hedrick H, Lewis N, Rodgers E.
BACKGROUND: The HEALing Communities Study (HCS) is testing whether the Communities that Heal (CTH) intervention can decrease opioid overdose deaths through the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in highly impacted communities. One of the CTH... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Overdose deaths involving psychostimulants with abuse potential, excluding cocaine: state-llevel differences and the role of opioids - Cano M, Huang Y.
BACKGROUND: Over the course of the past decade, psychostimulants such as methamphetamines have been increasingly reported in overdose deaths in the United States (US). Methamphetamine use has recently risen among individuals who use opioids, yet it is uncl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The impacts of CoViD-19 on mental health, substance use, and overdose concerns of people who use drugs in rural communities - Stack E, Leichtling G, Larsen JE, Gray M, Pope J, Leahy JM, Gelberg L, Seaman A, Korthuis PT.
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health, substance use, and overdose concerns among people who use drugs (PWUDs) in rural communities to explore reasons for changes and ways to mitigate COVID-1... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Nurse suspected of attempted murder of 3 patients in Germany
A nurse has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of attempted murder following allegations that he gave three patients overdoses of drugs they weren’t supposed to receive in hopes of heroically rescuing them (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Overdose Report Shows Most Drug Users Dying Alone During Pandemic
The report on Ontario overdose deaths also suggests a disproportionate number of racialized drug users are dying during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New report details opioid-related overdoses in Ontario during COVID-19 pandemic
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - November 10, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Paracetamol-related intentional drug overdose among young people: a national registry study of characteristics, incidence and trends, 2007-2018 - Daly C, Griffin E, McMahon E, Corcoran P, Webb RT, Ashcroft DM, Arensman E.
PURPOSE: Incidence rates of hospital-presenting self-harm are highest in people under 25  years and are reportedly increasing in some countries. Intentional drug overdose (IDO) is the most common self-harm method among young people, with paracetamol the dr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A research agenda for advancing strategies to improve opioid safety: findings from a VHA state of the art conference - Becker WC, Krebs EE, Edmond SN, Lin LA, Sullivan MD, Weiss RD, Gordon AJ.
US military Veterans have been disproportionately impacted by the US opioid overdose crisis. In the fall of 2019, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) convened a state-of-the-art (SOTA) conference to develop research priorities for advancing the scienc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Glycogenic hepatopathy following attempted suicide by long-acting insulin overdose in patient with type 1 diabetes - Fujisaki N, Kosaki Y, Nojima T, Higaki T, Yamada T, Koga H, Gochi A, Naito H, Nakao A.
Patients with poorly controlled insulin-dependent type 1 or type 2 diabetes rarely present with glycogenic hepatopathy, which is characterized by hepatomegaly and liver enzyme abnormalities. Glycogenic hepatopathy occurs as a consequence of excessive accum... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news