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Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis, Appalachian States Expand Clean-Needle Programs

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – In 2013, there was just one clean-needle program in all of West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, and the latter two states had laws banning such programs. Fast-forward four years: All of those laws have now been overturned and the number of "syringe services programs" available to help addicts has risen to over 50 across the three states, researchers report. ...

Addicts Should Be Trained to Give OD Antidote, Naloxone, Study Finds

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – Frequent opioid users may be the best candidates for training to reverse overdoses in other users, researchers say. The U.S. opioid crisis has led many public health departments and community groups to begin training users on the use of the opioid-blocker naloxone. In a new study, a team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore examined ways to ...

Lethal Dangers Lurk Even After Opioid OD Rescue

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Opioid addicts saved by the overdose reversal medication naloxone are still in danger following their close brush with death, a new study shows. About 10 percent of overdose patients saved with naloxone (Narcan) in Massachusetts hospitals ended up dying within a year, Harvard researchers reported. Further, half of those who died did so within one month of their rescue, ...

Leading U.S. Doctors' Group Takes Aim at Rising Drug Prices

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – The American Medical Association is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid skyrocketing costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities. During its annual meeting, the doctors' group adopted new policies on drug pricing to protect patients. "Taken together, these policies would bring much needed transparency to ...

Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Opioid addicts who get their medical care in settings such as primary care offices and hospitals, rather than addiction centers, are 10 times more likely to die than patients without substance abuse disorders, a new study finds. Opioids include powerful prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), as well as illegal drugs such ...

Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – Drug overdose deaths continue to surge in the United States, with most fatalities linked to the illicit use of prescription painkillers, new government statistics reveal. Drug overdose deaths increased 23 percent between 2010 and 2014, with more than 47,000 Americans dying in 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data released Tuesday shows. But ...

What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – There are a number of questions you should ask if a doctor or other health care provider prescribes opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, codeine and morphine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While approved to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, opioids can have serious side effects, and the United States is in the mist of an opioid overuse ...

Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns. Naloxone is a drug given to people who overdose on prescription opioids and heroin. If administered in time, it can reverse the toxic and potentially deadly effects of "opioid intoxication." The research team ...

Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – A new, small survey of people taking powerful opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin found that most were willing to also fill prescriptions for an overdose antidote. Three patients even used the antidote to treat an apparent overdose within a few months, the researchers said. The findings provide more evidence to support wider access to the antidote naloxone, ...

Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their ...

Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Drug shortages remain a problem in the United States despite government legislation meant to boost availability, a new study finds. More than half of recent shortages involved acute-care drugs used to treat seriously ill patients in hospitals and emergency departments, according to researchers at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. Those drugs include antibiotics, ...

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