Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply nationwide
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall. The research was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

How to Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol
For many, January is a month to rethink how much they imbibe, whether they ’re worried about heavy drinking or just looking for a reset. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Bainbridge Tags: Quarantine (Life and Culture) Alcohol Abuse Content Type: Service Anxiety and Stress Alcoholics Anonymous National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Source Type: news

Diclofenac mitigates virulence of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Archives of microbiology 202(10): 2751-2760.
In conclusion, diclofenac can be used in combination with antibiotics as anti-virulence agent against MDR-MRSA which will enhance the ability of immune system to eradicate infection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Prevalence of Substance Abuse
[This Day] Government could do more to contain the menace (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Assessment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Surveillance - Pennsylvania, 2019
This report describes neonatal abstinence syndrome surveillance efforts in Pennsylvania. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 14, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Pregnancy Substance Use and Abuse Synthetic Opioids Source Type: news

Methamphetamine deaths: changing trends and diagnostic issues - Lewis D, Kenneally M, van denHeuvel C, Byard RW.
The term 'amphetamine' refers to a class of synthetic drugs which includes methamphetamine. The latter is a globally popular drug of abuse which induces euphoria, affecting cognitive/psychomotor performance and sleep. It also provokes risk taking and viole... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

The lethal cutting: an unexpected cause of death - Di Candia D, Boracchi M, Muccino E, Gentile G, Zoja R.
Cocaine is among the illicit substances most frequently implicated in deaths related to the use of drugs of abuse both worldwide and in Italy. Cutting agents involved in the adulterations of this substance are many and the process of lacing can take plac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Years of Life Lost (YLL) due to Substance Abuse in Iran, in 2014-2017: Global Burden of Disease 2010 Method. ** - Shahbazi F, Mirtorabi D, Ghadirzadeh MR, Shojaei A, Nazari SSHASHEMI.
*SafetyLit note: The wrong (unrelated) abstract was included in the metadata and the pdf version of this article. The proper full text is available at no cost by following the DOI.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Physician-pharmacist collaboration may increase adherence to opioid addiction treatment
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A collaborative approach to treating opioid use disorder that relies heavily on community pharmacists is feasible and may increase adherence and participant satisfaction, according to a pilot study published today in Addiction. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, through the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Long Do You Monitor Neonates for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?
Discussion Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs in the first few days of life and is a complex withdrawal syndrome. The newborn is abruptly cut-off from their exposure to licit or illicit drugs that the mother is chronically consuming and which were being transmitted through the placenta to the fetus. “NAS is a highly variable and severe condition; it may be associated with central and autonomic nervous system dysfunction … and gastrointestinal disorders.” It can cause significant morbidity but is rarely fatal. Fetal exposure has been increasing in the United States. In 2011-12, almost 5.9% of pregn...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 11, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Abuse-deterrent extended-release oxycodone and risk of opioid-related harm - Paljarvi T, Strang J, Quinn PD, Luciano S, Fazel S.
AIM: To establish and quantify the association between abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) oxycodone and 1-year risk of opioid-related harm. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched cohort study of electronic medical records for years 2014 - 2018, with pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

NIDA: Teen Vaping Levels Seem to Have Plateaued in 2020
TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2021 -- Teen vaping levels remained high in 2020 but have not increased substantially since 2019, according to results from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Child Physical Abuse Encounters Declined During COVID-19
TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2021 -- Declines in child physical abuse (CPA) encounters at U.S. hospitals were seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in Pediatrics. Sunitha V. Kaiser, M.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Homegrown perceptions about the medical use and potential abuse of CBD and THC - McFadden BR, Malone T.
Despite heightened consumer interest in cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), little is known about public perceptions regarding their medical use and potential for abuse, particularly relative to commonly used medication... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Violence, HIV risks, and polysubstance use among HIV-positive people who inject drugs in Ukraine - Lee JO, Yoon Y, Idrisov B, Kiriazova T, Makarenko O, Sereda Y, Bendiks S, Cody K, Schoenberger SF, Nurius PS, Halim N, Flanigan T, Samet JH, Liebschutz J, Lunze K.
Violence experience has been consistently associated with HIV risks and substance use behaviors. Although many studies have focused on intimate partner violence (IPV), the role of violence at a structural level (i.e., police abuse) remains relevant for p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

New St. Louis (MO) Program to Divert Mental Health Calls Away from 911
Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) ST. LOUIS — If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel. Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may instead be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many mental health crises, to prevent people undergoing a crisis from going to jail o...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 4, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Communications & Dispatch News News Feed 911 Mental Health Missouri Source Type: news

Neuroscientists seek Parkinson's, addiction insights by tracking gene expression
(Picower Institute at MIT) Two MIT neuroscientists have received grants from the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation to screen for genes that could help brain cells withstand Parkinson's disease and to map how gene expression changes in the brain in response to drugs of abuse. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

San Francisco struggles to stem 'horrific' uptick in opioid overdoses, drug abuse
COVID-19, distrust of police and cheap narcotics have turned the Tenderloin and other parts of the city into cesspools (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Scheier Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on two surveys being developed as part of the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data grant: 1) A one-time survey to employers of behavioral health providers and, 2) a one-time survey of licensed clinical behavioral health providers. The information gathered by these surveys will be used to gain critical new insights into, and to document, challenges in recruiting and retaining behavioral health staffing and to assess the strength of available data on the clinical behavioral health workforce actively providing care for men...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program: Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability Requirements
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective March 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis
“The ‘ol quarantine move-in,” a friend joked a couple months ago, when I told her I’d decided to live with my boyfriend of almost two years. I can add all the caveats I want—my lease was up and we probably would have moved in together this year anyway—but I know I’m a statistic. I’m just one of the countless people who have made huge life decisions during this massively chaotic and unsettling pandemic year. Of course, there is significant privilege in having the time and ability to choose to make a life shift right now, when many people are facing changes they most certainly ...
Source: TIME: Health - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Assessment of tramadol blood concentration in cases of acute tramadol overdose - Tawfik HM, Abd El Wahab MB.
Tramadol is a synthetic analgesic drug that has been used for acute and chronic pain. It has a potential risk of addiction and overdoses due to its common illegal abuse. The analgesic effect of tramadol is dose dependent and in medical literature no study ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability Requirements
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective 60 days publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for December 3...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Relative risk of injury due to alcohol consumption in car and motorcycle drivers - Yadollahi M, Pazhuheian F.
BACKGROUND: There is strong evidence that a substantial number of fatal as well as nonfatal injuries in road traffic accidents result from alcohol consumption and abuse. AIMS: To examine the relationship between blood alcohol concentration and character... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Suicide mortality risk in a cohort of individuals treated for alcohol, heroin or cocaine abuse: results of a follow-up study - Pavarin RM, Sanchini S, Tadonio L, Domenicali M, Caputo F, Pacetti M.
Cohort study. This follow-up study (from 1975 to 2016) was aimed to estimate the mortality risk for suicide in a cohort of patients presenting to a public treatment centre for addiction (SERD) with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), Heroin Use Disorder - HUD or C... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Alcohol use and misuse: a profile of adolescents from 2018 Italian HBSC data - Charrier L, Canale N, Dalmasso P, Vieno A, Sciannameo V, Borraccino A, Lemma P, Ciardullo S, Berchialla P, 2018 HBSC-Italia Group.
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol remains the most commonly substance used by adolescents.The aim of the study was to draw a comprehensive picture of the behavioural patterns that characterize alcohol use and abuse among 15-year-olds. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Evaluation of drug and alcohol abuse in people aged 15 years and older in Iran - Noorbala AA, Saljoughian A, Bagheri Yazdi SA, Faghihzadeh E, Farahzadi MH, Kamali K, Faghihzadeh S, Hajebi A, Akhondzadeh S, Mousavi MT.
BACKGROUND: Drug addiction is known as one of the health, medical and social problems of the present century. Beyond the harmful physical and mental consequences for addicts, drug abuse can cause serious social problems. The aim of this study was to evalua... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Report: NFL bans Josh Gordon from Seahawks practice after setback with substance abuse
Josh Gordon reportedly suffered another setback in his battle with substance abuse. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Knitting takes off at addiction treatment centre in Surrey as men stitch hundreds of toques
Men living at a treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse in Surrey have taken up knitting. The therapeutic activity has turned into a mission to help those in need. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Neurobiological effects of childhood abuse and neglect as a predisposing factor to substance use disorder - Katan EA.
The article presents data from research literature on the neurobiological consequences of abuse and neglect in childhood. It is shown that early life stress affects the trajectory of brain development, changes the patterns of cognitive behavioral control a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

SPONSORED: Coping with COVID
As Arkansas and other states reach new COVID-19 hospitalization peaks, many especially susceptible people struggle with worsening substance abuse problems. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pandemic relief bill delivers $4.25 billion for mental health services
The funding is the largest amount behavioral health groups have gotten in a spending bill. Advocates say more is needed to address historic levels of depression, substance abuse. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

"Chasing the dragon": a fatal case report of toxic leucoenc éphalopathie due to inhaled heroin - Ochoa-Orozco SA, Gutiérrez-Segura JC, Coral-Leiton AM, Trejos-Orozco EA, Gutiérrez-Sanjuán I, Carvajal-Guevara JD.
BACKGROUND: Leukoencephalopathy is a myelin disorder caused by multiple agents, including substance abuse. CASE: A 28-year-old man arrived at the emergency department having suffered from asthenia, dizziness, disorientation and ataxia for two months. H... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news