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  1. Keeping Kids Safe in Homes Where Prescribed Opiates are Kept

    Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found. "It wouldn't be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in his or her mouth," said Dr. David Juurlink, a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences who co-authored the study. "And it's important to understand that a...
  2. When Obamacare is Nixed, 3 Million Drug-Dependent People Will be Left Without Treatment

    There's no denying that America is experiencing the largest drug epidemic in its history: Around 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. Last week, Alaska became the latest state to declare the opioid epidemic a public health disaster. President Donald Trump has particularly strong support in areas that have been hit hard by the crisis. Yet if Obamacare is repealed, as Trump has repeatedly promised, thousands of Americans would lose access to...
  3. The Opiates at Some VA Hospitals are Disappearing Without Explanation

    WASHINGTON-- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals - the vast majority within the VA system - siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients...
  4. 25 Melbourne Music Festival Attendees in Critical Condition From Alleged GHB Overdoses

    More than 20 people have been hospitalised after overdosing at a Melbourne music festival. Overall ambulance officers treated 30 people who attended the Electric Parade Music festival, with 25 of them being hospitalised after taking what was believed to be the synthetic drug GHB at the Myer Music Bowl. Many of those treated were described as being in a critical condition at an event that was described by Ambulance Victoria state health commander Paul Holman as “awash with drugs." “The...
  5. The Good People of St. Louis Have an Insidious Heroin Problem on Their Hands

    ST. LOUIS - After a long decline, Eric Bearden finally hit bottom in an abandoned building on South Grand Boulevard that thousands of people pass every day. Bearden, 28, who once dreamed of being a chef, was victim No. 11 among a class of 256 fatal overdoses that quietly tore across the city of St. Louis in 2016. One year later, a spent syringe lay discarded in the busy alley near where he died. Windows and doors have been boarded up, but the only thing that seems to have changed is the...
  6. Non-Prescribed Drug Use Among Youth of Growing Global Concern

    Balancing a country's need to make prescription drugs available to those in need while simultaneously curbing nonmedical use is one of our greatest challenges, according to a perspective article just published by Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a colleague at American University of Beirut. The article published in World Psychiatry, the journal of the World Psychiatric Association, cites research finding...
  7. Portland Probation Court Offers Addicts Tough Love Amidst a Harbor of Hope

    It’s an old saw that is worthless in an informed, compassionate, smart, humanistic, science-backed, social justice, systems thinking sort of world – “Probation People are doing drugs cuz they wake up one morning and say, ‘Man, I want to screw up my life, take years off my physiology, wreck families, put my future in the hands of money changers, and virtually become a shell of myself, a zombie.’” But that’s the prevailing wind in Trump-Fourth-Reich or Clinton-Three-Strikes-&-You’re-Out Land....
  8. Dispirited by the Status Quo, Researchers Scrub the Brain for Worthier Mental Health Drugs

    Katie first spoke with a demon when she was 14. He perched on the edge of her bed, and would persistently urge her to do bad things — like blow up her Arkansas high school. She spoke to God, too. Her parents, Pentecostal Christians, believed her visions made her special. So she received no therapy and no medications, and no diagnosis as her schizoaffective disorder began to take root. Katie, who is now 35, has been homeless and hospitalized several times. She tried “just about every drug...
  9. Is LSD Microdosing a Valued Way to Address Depressive Disorders?

    Psychedelics, the fabled enlightenment drugs of the ’60s, are making a comeback — this time as medical treatment. A recent study claimed that psilocybin, a mushroom-derived hallucinogenic, relieves anxiety and depression in people with life-threatening cancer. Anecdotal reports have said similar things about so-called microdoses of LSD. The allure is understandable, given the limits of our treatments for depression and anxiety. About a third of patients with major depression don’t get...
  10. Five Ontario Overdoses Thought to be Cocaine Turn out to be Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

    BARRIE, Ont. — Police say five people who overdosed after using what they believed was cocaine at a party in a city north of Toronto, actually took heroin laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl. They say four men and a woman were taken to a hospital early on Oct. 2 after collapsing in various locations in downtown Barrie, Ont. Investigators say the five had been at a party and believed they had taken cocaine. Police say toxicology reports have confirmed that all five took a combination of...
  11. Amphetamine Use May Prematurely Age the Heart

    Amphetamine abuse is increasing internationally. While common sides effects of the drug include increased heart rate, headache, stomach pain, and mood changes, little is known about the drug's effect on the heart. Now, new research published in Heart Asia reports that using amphetamines recreationally may accelerate aging of the heart.
  12. Baltimore Takes High Road - Treating Heroin as a Medical Issue - Less as a Criminal One

    Heroin has been in Baltimore City for decades and being used by people in the suburbs of Maryland since the 1990's. And the length of time that the drug has been in our state has helped make the state a little more prepared to tackle the epidemic, says Christopher Welsh, Medical Director at the University of Maryland Medical Center Comprehensive Recovery Program. Welsh and fellow associate professor of Psychiatry at Maryland, Eric Weintraub told WBAL News Radio 1090 that heroin addiction is...
  13. Mixing Opioids and Alcohol - Never a Wise Combination

    Taking one oxycodone tablet together with alcohol significantly raises the risk of respiratory depression and possible death, according to a new study by Dutch researchers. Elderly people were more likely to experience this complication, researchers found. The study, published in the journal Anesthesiology, is one of the first to address the effect of alcohol and opioids on respiratory depression, which causes breathing to become extremely shallow or stop altogether. "Unfortunately, we're...
  14. Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs on the Upswing

    The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday. The new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal...
  15. Sanders, Cummings Blast Pharmaceutical Company for $89,000 Price Tag on Old Drug

    Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC will delay the introduction of its $89,000 drug for a deadly muscle disease after patients, families and lawmakers raised questions about price and reimbursement for the product, which is available much more cheaply overseas. The company is “pausing” its launch of the drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, called Emflaza, “because of concerns about access,” according to a statement Monday. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrats who...
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