Fentanyl Tainted Pills Cause Drug Fatalities Among Youth to Soar
Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl, police say. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: your-feed-science Social Media Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Mobile Applications Fentanyl Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Enforcement Administration Snap Inc Meta Platforms Inc your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

CDER Takes Steps to End Prescription Pain Medicine Misuse, Abuse, and Addiction
Pain is a common problem for millions of Americans. Treatment is usually an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription pain reliever. These medicines help when used as directed but they carry risk of injury and death when misused or abused. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 17, 2022 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices.
A new movement wants to shift mainstream thinking away from medication and toward greater acceptance. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Bergner Tags: Schizophrenia Hearing Voices Network Drug Abuse and Traffic Mental Health and Disorders Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Suicides and Suicide Attempts National Institute of Mental Health Hallucinations Source Type: news

Bam Margera Completes One Year Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
Bam Margera says he completed a year-long treatment program for drug and alcohol abuse. #bammargera (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A retrospective analysis of data from illicit drug abuse cases in Beijing between 2018 and 2020 - Li S, Wang X, Bi G, Xin G, Qin S, Xu P, Wang Y.
The overall number of drug abuse cases has been on the rise around the world, causing it a disaster in many countries. In this retrospective study, we analyzed the characteristics of 11,903 drug abuse cases in Beijing, the capital of China, in the perspect... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Abuse of non-opioid analgesics in Germany: prevalence and associations among self-medicated users - Rauschert C, Seitz NN, Olderbak S, Pogarell O, Dreischulte T, Kraus L.
This study aimed to esti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Drugs of abuse in tap water from eight European countries: determination by use of supramolecular solvents and tentative evaluation of risks to human health - Mu ñiz-Bustamante L, Caballero-Casero N, Rubio S.
Recent research findings have confirmed the presence of illicit drugs in tap water from some European Union (UE) member states. Contaminants in tap water come directly from drinking water sources such as rivers or lakes owing to inefficient removal at wast... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Heart rupture as an acute complication of cocaine abuse: a case report - Esposito M, Liberto A, Zuccarello P, Ministeri F, Licciardello G, Barbera N, Sessa F, Salerno M.
The purpose of this study is to show a very rare complication of acute cocaine poisoning, namely heart rupture. In the present case report, acute cocaine intoxication caused massive myocardial infarction, resulting in heart rupture and cardiac tamponade. A... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Short-term mortality following tramadol poisonings in Denmark - S ørensen AMS, Petersen J, Christensen MB, Schelde AB, Andersen JT, Jimenez Solem E, Petersen TS.
Tramadol is a commonly used opioid with a potential of addiction and abuse. Using Danish nationwide registers, we aimed to 1) characterise opioid poisonings, 2) assess the 30-day mortality following morphine, oxycodone, and mixed poisonings compared to tra... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths Among Hispanic or Latino Persons - Nevada, 2019-2020
This report describes an increase in drug overdose deaths among Hispanic or Latino persons in Nevada. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 12, 2022 Category: American Health Tags: Cause of death Hispanic health MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Overdose Prescription Drug Abuse Death Rates Latino Health Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Trends in Gabapentin Detection and Involvement in Drug Overdose Deaths - 23 States and the District of Columbia, 2019-2020
This report describes trends in gabapentin involvement in drug overdose deaths. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 12, 2022 Category: American Health Tags: Cause of death MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Overdose Prescription Drug Abuse Death Rates Source Type: news

State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack —And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s
Since the U.S. drug war was declared in 1971, various drugs have been identified as public enemy number one—from crack cocaine, in the 1980s, to prescription opioids in the early 2000s. Today, the primary villain is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin. In 2021, more than 71,000 people in the U.S. died after overdoses involving synthetic opioids—mostly fentanyl, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on May 11. Such a deadly drug necessitates a firm public health response, and fortunately, decades of evidence have shown there are tools ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Addiction healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) Notice of Meeting
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on June 14, 2022, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children, and directions around behavioral health services and access for women and children.Registration is required to attend. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 12, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits
New data show a surge in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and methamphetamine; overall, the nation saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noah Weiland and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Addiction (Psychology) Methamphetamines Naloxone (Drug) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Source Type: news

Attentional function and inhibitory control in different substance use disorders - Bjork JM, Keyser-Marcus L, Vassileva J, Ramey T, Houghton DC, Moeller FG.
Attentional function in substance use disorder (SUD) is not well understood. To probe attentional function in SUD as a function of primary substance of abuse, we administered the attentional network task (ANT) to 44 individuals with Cocaine Use Disorder (C... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news