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Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic. Massachusetts health officials reported Thursday a cluster of 14 patients in that state who experienced problems remembering things just told to them. Doctors call this sudden-onset amnesia. The patients also had abnormal results on MRI brain scans. And researchers believe this might be the first sign of a new type of amnesia caused by drug use, likely opioids. "The best thing that could happen is that maybe this would be nothing," said report co-author Dr. Alfred DeMaria Jr., Massachusetts state epidemiologist. "But we are suspicious that something is going on possibly related to substance abuse that was not recognized before." From 2012 to 2016, 14 cases of people with the unusual neurological problem were identified from medical records. Thirteen of the 14 were either ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Xanax, Anxiety and Stress, Oxycodone, Percocet, Klonopin, OxyContin, Clonazepam, Opiate Dependence, Morphine, Ativan, Valium, Opiate Withdrawal, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Heroin

Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Premature death rates in the United States have fallen for some groups but risen in others, a federal study says. Researchers looked at death certificate data from 1999 to 2014. They found that rates of premature death (between ages 25 to 64) declined among blacks, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders. At the same time, the rates went up for whites and American Indians/Alaska Natives. "Death at any age is devastating for those left behind, but premature death is especially so, in particular for children and parents," said study senior author Amy Berrington, from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "Our study can be used to target prevention and surveillance efforts to help those groups in greatest need," she said in an agency news release. There were fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and HIV for blacks, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Success in ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Opiate Dependence, Major Depressive Disorder, Opiate Withdrawal, Drug Dependence, Substance Abuse, Liver and Pancreatic Disease, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Benzodiazepine Overdose

Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Deaths from overdoses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl have surged in recent years, U.S. health officials say in a troubling new report. As more fentanyl was sold illegally on the streets, the number of fatal overdoses jumped 79 percent in 27 states from 2013 to 2014, the government report found, while law enforcement seizures of the drug increased 426 percent in eight of those 27 states. "Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and it is available by prescription, but evidence indicates that illicitly made fentanyl is more likely a powder mixed with heroin and or sold as heroin," said report author R. Matthew Gladden. He's a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fentanyl crisis is being driven by products made illegally, not by the diversion of prescription fentanyl, Gladden ... Read more

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Keep Illicit Drugs, Booze Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – Easy access to alcohol and drugs at home can raise the odds that teens will become drinkers and drug users as young adults, a new study suggests. According to the study, "the availability of illegal drugs and alcohol in the home while growing up is a critical factor in the later use of substances," said study author Cliff Broman, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University. His team analyzed data from about 15,000 young Americans who, on average, were surveyed at ages 16, 22 and 29. Overall, teens who had alcohol and illegal drugs available to them started drinking and using drugs at a younger age, and used more alcohol and drugs in their 20s. This finding was stronger among males than females. Whites were more likely to drink and use drugs as young adults than blacks, Hispanics and Asians, even though Hispanics and Asians generally had easier ... Read more

Related support groups: Opiate Dependence, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse - Cocaine, Benzodiazepine Overdose, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Almost 10 percent of fatal adult drug overdoses may involve recently released prison inmates, a new Canadian study suggests. "This is the first Canadian study to examine overdose mortality rates by matching incarceration records with coroner reports after release," said study author Dr. Nav Persaud. He is a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "We were surprised at how high the fatal overdose rate was among those who were recently released from provincial custody – almost 12 times higher than the general population," Persaud added. Not only did one in 10 overdose deaths involve a recently released inmate, but the risk for a fatal overdose among inmates was found to be highest immediately following release, the study found. "Previous research has speculated that the higher risk for overdose immediately ... Read more

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Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In 2013, overdoses from these drugs, called benzodiazepines, accounted for 31 percent of the nearly 23,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the United States, researchers said. "As more benzodiazepines were prescribed, more people have died from overdoses involving these drugs," said study author Dr. Joanna Starrels, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "In 2013, more than 5 percent of American adults filled prescriptions for benzodiazepines," she said. "And the overdose death rate increased more than four times from 1996 to 2013." This epidemic hasn't received the attention it ... Read more

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Pot Smokers Susceptible to Other Addictions, Study Finds

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Pot smokers may be at significantly greater risk for developing an addiction to other drugs or alcohol, a new study suggests. Researchers found that adult marijuana use was associated with greater likelihood of developing alcohol and drug use problems, including nicotine dependence, over three years of follow-up. But it was not associated with greater risk of developing a mood or anxiety disorder. "This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The results stem from a sampling of nearly 35,000 adults interviewed three years apart for the U.S. National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related ... Read more

Related support groups: Opiate Dependence, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Cannabis, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse - Cocaine, Benzodiazepine Overdose, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis

Doctors' Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Abuse: CDC

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – Improved prescribing practices could help reduce narcotic painkiller abuse and overdose deaths from those drugs, a new U.S. government study says. An analysis of prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states found that a small number of doctors were responsible for most narcotic painkiller prescriptions, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Most of those deaths stem from abuse of prescription pain drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin, stimulants and sedatives/tranquilizers, according to the CDC. "Every day, 44 people die in American communities from an overdose of prescription opioids and many more become addicted," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "States are on the frontline of witnessing these overdose ... Read more

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Kids' ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – Fewer children are winding up in emergency rooms for accidental poisonings involving commonly used medications, a new U.S. government study finds. "We think these declines are real," said lead researcher Maribeth Lovegrove, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of healthcare quality promotion. Between 2004 and 2013, approximately 640,000 children aged 5 and younger were seen in emergency rooms for ingesting drugs. Of these, 70 percent were 1- or 2-year-olds, and nearly one in five were hospitalized, according to the report. The number of pediatric emergency room visits rose during the early 2000s, peaking at approximately 76,000 in 2010, but declined to approximately 59,000 visits in 2013, Lovegrove said. While there has been a decline in emergency room visits, 59,000 visits a year for young children is still too many, Lovegrove ... Read more

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Keep Prescription Drugs Secure From Teens: Expert

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 – Teens' addiction to prescription or over-the-counter drugs often begins when they have easy access to medications in their homes, an expert says. Many parents make a special effort to keep medications away from young children to prevent accidental poisonings, but don't realize that teens are the group most likely to misuse and abuse medications, said Dr. Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. As many as 20 percent of American teens have abused prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 50 percent of U.S. high school seniors said that narcotic drugs other than heroin would be fairly or very easy to get, according to a 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse survey. "Adolescents sometimes believe that medications prescribed by a doctor or available OTC are a medically ... Read more

Related support groups: Substance Abuse, Opioid Overdose, Benzodiazepine Overdose

Smart Kids More Likely to Try Illicit Drugs as Young Adults

Posted 15 Nov 2011 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 – Brainy children are at increased risk for illegal drug use when they're young adults, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,000 people in the ongoing 1970 British Cohort Study of drug use, education and socioeconomic status. The participants' IQ scores were checked at ages 5 and 10 years, and their use of illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, uppers, downers, LSD and heroin) was self-reported at ages 16 and 30. At age 30, about 35 percent of men and nearly 16 percent of women had used marijuana in the previous year, and 8.6 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women had used cocaine during that time. In general, men were twice as likely as women to use drugs. The investigators found that 30-year-old men who had high IQ scores at age 5 were about 50 percent more likely than those who had low IQ scores to have used amphetamines, ecstasy and several ... Read more

Related support groups: Opiate Dependence, Drug Dependence, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse - Cocaine, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Benzodiazepine Overdose

Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Men Alarms Experts

Posted 20 Jun 2011 by

FRIDAY, June 17 – U.S. emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts by young adult males rose 55 percent between 2005 and 2009, a government report says. "The misuse of prescription drugs is clearly helping to fuel the problem," said Pamela S. Hyde, head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which published the report. In 2009, men aged 21 to 34 made more than 29,000 emergency room visits for medication-related suicide attempts compared to just over 19,000 visits in 2005, SAMHSA noted. Drug-related suicide attempts by males of all ages accounted for almost 78,000 emergency department visits nationwide in 2009. "While we have learned much about how to prevent suicide, it continues to be a leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol and drugs," Hyde said in an agency news release. ER visits for drug-related suicide attempts ... Read more

Related support groups: Opioid Overdose, Benzodiazepine Overdose

Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Posted 19 Sep 2010 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 17 – Trained as a registered nurse to work in emergency rooms and intensive care units, Hugh Rawls did just that until sidelined a decade ago by a back injury. Today, he's still working in emergency care, but from a different angle. For the past 10 years, he has helped man the phone lines at the Poison Control Center in Jacksonville, Fla. "In a lot of ways, there's some similarities in the critical thinking I used as a bedside nurse," said Rawls, 45. "Part of my job is not only to think about what's going on right now, but also to think three steps ahead to what could happen. I have to think ahead as to what could happen to this person and where we need to go treatment-wise." People call the center with a wide variety of problems, Rawls said. "This is very similar to working in an emergency room," he said. "You don't know what's going to come up next. One minute it's a ... Read more

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