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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse. "We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will help bring an end to this public health epidemic," AMA Board Chair-Elect Dr. Patrice Harris said in an AMA news release released Wednesday. The AMA notes that the abuse of powerful narcotic painkillers – drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin – has become a public health crisis in the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdoses and many more becoming addicted. In fact, a report released in December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fatal overdoses involving prescription ... Read more

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Heroin Use on the Rise Among Women, Wealthier People, CDC Finds

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – The face of heroin addiction in the United States is changing, as well-off abusers of prescription painkillers switch to illicit narcotics to feed their habit, federal officials reported Tuesday. Heroin use increased 63 percent over the past decade. From 2002 to 2004, the annual rate of heroin use was 1.6 per 1,000 persons aged 12 or older. By 2011 to 2013, that rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Correspondingly, there has been a rapid increase in heroin overdose deaths. The number of heroin overdose deaths nearly doubled between 2011 and 2013, and in 2013 more than 8,200 people died from the narcotic. Overdoses have nearly quadrupled since 2002, the officials said. The findings were published in the July 7 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden ... Read more

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Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Doctors who are ill-informed about narcotic painkillers are unintentionally contributing to their misuse, new research suggests. Almost half of 1,000 primary care doctors surveyed in the United States mistakenly believed that abuse-deterrent pills – those that can't be crushed and snorted or injected – are less addictive than standard narcotic painkillers (opioids). "Physicians and patients may mistakenly view these medicines as safe in one form and dangerous in another, but these products are addictive no matter how you take them," wrote study leader Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "If doctors and patients fail to understand this, they may believe opioids are safer than is actually the case and prescribe them more readily than they should," he ... Read more

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'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) – a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says. Almost 27,000 drug-overdose reversals using Narcan kits were reported to U.S. health officials between 1996 and 2014, according to the report. "Overdoses are often witnessed by other drug users and family members of drug users," said lead researcher Eliza Wheeler, DOPE Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition in Oakland, Calif. That's why more than 600 organizations have programs in place to provide Narcan kits to friends and family of narcotic drug users. From 1996 through June 2014, these groups have provided Narcan kits to more than 150,000 people, according to the researchers. ... Read more

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Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

Posted 29 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 – Drug addicts forced off methadone maintenance treatment while in prison are much less likely to seek such treatment when they're released than inmates who keep receiving the treatment, a new study finds. Taking inmates off methadone maintenance treatment is widespread policy in U.S. prisons, though the treatment saves lives, reduces drug-seeking behaviors and helps reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis, according to the researchers. Their study included more than 200 people in Rhode Island undergoing methadone maintenance treatment who were jailed for six months or less. They were randomly selected to continue treatment while in prison or to undergo phased withdrawal, which is standard procedure in Rhode Island. In many other states, treatment is halted as soon as a prisoner begins their sentence, the study authors said. When they were released, former inmates ... Read more

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Heroin Use Surges Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – Heroin use rose among people who abuse prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin, a new study found. The most significant increase was a 75 percent jump in the number of white people using heroin in 2008 to 2011, researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health revealed. "The noteworthy increase in the annual rate of heroin abuse or dependence among . . . whites parallels the significant increase in nonmedical opioid [narcotic] use during the last decade and the growing number of heroin overdose deaths described for this race and ethnic group in recent years," study leader Dr. Silvia Martins said in a university news release. Martins is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Heroin use also spiked among Hispanics, according to the study. The study included ... Read more

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More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 – The number of U.S. infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal has nearly quadrupled since 2004, researchers report. Neonatal abstinence syndrome – a drug-withdrawal syndrome that often occurs after exposure to prescription narcotic painkillers during pregnancy – affected only seven babies for every 1,000 admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in 2004. By 2013, that number had jumped to 27 infants for every 1,000 babies in the NICU, the study revealed. The Baylor University Medical Center researchers also found that the percentage of days spent in a NICU attributed to drug withdrawal went from 0.6 percent to 4 percent over that decade. And eight neonatal centers reported that more than 20 percent of NICU days were spent caring for these infants in 2013. The findings were published online April 26 in the ... Read more

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Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

Posted 11 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 – There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report. Opioids, such as OxyContin, are powerful narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse and addiction, the study authors noted. The incidence of opioid withdrawal among Ontario newborns rose from 0.28 per 1,000 live births to a little more than 4 per 1,000 over the study period, according to the findings published Feb. 11 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Most of the babies were born to mothers who had been legally prescribed a narcotic painkiller before and during pregnancy, study author Dr. Suzanne Turner, a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said in a journal news release. As their due date approached, many of those women switched from prescription ... Read more

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Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

Posted 29 Aug 2013 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 – Children are natural explorers and imitators. But, they don't have the capacity to understand the potential danger in some activities. That helps explain why among 2-year-olds, one of every 180 ends up in the emergency room due to medication poisoning every year. For most children, the outcomes are good. They're treated, and they suffer no lasting damage. But, some drugs can be deadly with only a single dose – including a medication prescribed to help adults combat drug addiction. Buprenorphine is used alone (brand name Subutex) or in combination with another drug called naloxone (brand name Suboxone) to ease the symptoms of withdrawal in people trying to beat addictions to heroin, certain prescription painkillers or other opioid drugs. One dose of this medication can be fatal to a small child. Each year, nearly 1,500 children under 6 years old are treated in U.S. ... Read more

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FDA issues draft guidance on abuse-deterrent opioids

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by

January 9, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties. The document “Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling,” explains the FDA’s current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties, how those studies will be evaluated by the agency, and what labeling claims may be approved based on the results of those studies. “The FDA is extremely concerned about the inappropriate use of prescription opioids, which is a major public health challenge for our nation,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “This draft guidance is an important part of a larger effort by FDA aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and misuse.” Opioids can ... Read more

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Methadone for Pain Relief Leading Cause of Fatal Overdoses: CDC

Posted 3 Jul 2012 by

TUESDAY, July 3 – Although methadone accounts for only 2 percent of the painkiller prescriptions in the United States, it is tied to more than 30 percent of painkiller overdose deaths, according to a government report released Tuesday. "There have been about 4 million prescriptions for methadone each year, and about 5,000 Americans die from methadone overdoses each year," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Methadone is riskier than other opioid painkillers because it builds up in the body and may alter breathing or heart rhythm, the report explained. Since the 1960s, methadone has been used safely as a heroin substitute in treating drug addiction. Its use as a painkiller has grown since the 1990s, the report indicated. Now, methadone is overused for pain, Frieden said. Abuse of methadone for nonmedical purposes has also led to ... Read more

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U.S. Sees Tripling of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers

Posted 30 Apr 2012 by

MONDAY, April 30 – About one baby an hour is born addicted to powerful painkillers called opiates in the United States, a new study shows. The number of infants born with a drug withdrawal syndrome called neonatal abstinence syndrome tripled between 2000 and 2009, jumping to more than 13,000, according to a study published online April 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At the same time, use of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) by mothers-to-be increased fivefold, the researchers noted. "This is becoming a big problem and affecting newborns at an alarmingly high and increasing rate," said study author Dr. Stephen W. Patrick, a fellow in the University of Michigan's division of neonatal-perinatal medicine in Ann Arbor. Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome tend to be irritable, have heightened muscle tone (hypertonia), tremors, feeding ... Read more

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More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth

Posted 30 Jan 2012 by

MONDAY, Jan. 30 – A dramatic rise in newborns experiencing drug withdrawal after being exposed in the womb poses challenges for clinicians on how to detox these tiny victims, a new report indicates. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released its first updated guidelines on neonatal drug withdrawal since 1998, partly in response to the escalating abuse of both illicit and prescription drugs by pregnant women and partly in recognition of better pain management techniques for babies who are critically ill. "There have been pockets of the country where up to 25 percent of all NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] babies at any given time are being treated for withdrawal," said report co-author Dr. Mark Hudak, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. "The problem has percolated up and reached the attention of government and medical ... Read more

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Nausea Drug Shows Promise Against Opioid Addiction

Posted 18 Feb 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18 – A drug currently used to treat nausea can prevent symptoms of withdrawal from illegal and prescription opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine, a new study shows. The Stanford University scientists behind the research added it can do so without some of the serious side effects caused by existing treatments for addiction to these drugs. Initial tests in mice showed that the drug ondansetron (Zofran) blocks certain 5-HT3 receptors involved in withdrawal symptoms, the researchers said. They then tested it in eight healthy, non-opioid-dependent volunteers who were given two doses of morphine, once without ondansetron and one with it, and found ondansetron reduced withdrawal symptoms in humans. The study appears in the Feb. 17 online issue of the Journal of Pharmacogenetics and Genomics. "Opioid abuse is rising at a faster rate than any other type of illicit ... Read more

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