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Test Strips for Fentanyl May Help Prevent ODs

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 – Fast-acting test strips for fentanyl could reduce drug overdose deaths, a new study suggests. "Test strips could be a lifesaving intervention for many young adults who use drugs," said study leader Brandon Marshall, of Brown University in Rhode Island. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid often used to lace other drugs, including heroin or cocaine. It's hard to ...

Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – The opioid epidemic has been front-page news for a few years now, with rising overdose deaths driving an overall decrease in Americans' average life expectancy. But a new study suggests that the opioid epidemic is, in fact, nothing new. Death rates from drug overdoses in the United States have been on an exponential growth curve that dates back at least to the early ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL in the Carpuject™ Single-use Cartridge Syringe System by Hospira: Recall - Due to the Potential Presence of Particulate Matter

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lots 72680LL and 76510LL of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69), to the hospital/institution level due to the potential presence of embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger. In the event that impacted product is ...

Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 – U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed pharmacy claims data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. They found that 23 percent of these combat veterans were prescribed an opioid in a given year. About two-thirds took them for a short time; ...

Drugs Now Involved in More Fatal U.S. Crashes Than Alcohol Alone

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 – In vehicle crashes that claim American lives, illicit drugs are now more likely to have played a role than the use of alcohol on its own, a new report says. The trend comes as more states legalize marijuana and the nation faces a troubling rise in opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the researchers noted. In 2015, drugs were detected in 43 percent of drivers who ...

Narcan (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray 2mg Approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

January 25, 2017 – Dublin, Ireland – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Narcan Nasal Spray as a 2mg formulation for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. The 2mg dose is approved for use in opioid-dependent patients expected to be at risk for severe opioid withdrawal in sit ...

Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Over a decade, there was a nearly fivefold increase in the number of babies born each year to American women who have used opioids, a federal government report says. There was also a dramatic rise in the number of infants born with a dependency on opioids, the report found. These drugs include heroin and prescription painkillers such as fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin) ...

Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Abuse of powerful prescription painkillers called opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, according to a new government study. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed the financial toll of opioid abuse, including direct health care costs, lost productivity and costs to the criminal justice system. "More than 40 ...

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, ...

Doctors Urged to Prescribe Lower Doses of Opioids, No Refills

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – Patients who are first-time users of pain-killing opioids should be prescribed a small dose without refills to reduce the risk of long-term use and possible addiction, a new study suggests. A surge in prescriptions for opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin over the past two decades dovetails with a steep rise in addiction and overdoses in the United States. The trend has ...

Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – The recent overdose death of rock legend Prince has brought renewed focus on the dangers posed by synthetic opioids – laboratory-created narcotics tweaked by chemists to produce potentially lethal highs while skirting U.S. drug laws. Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, died April 21 from an overdose of fentanyl, a drug often used to quell pain in cancer patients when traditional ...

Many Take Opioids Months After Hip, Knee Replacements

Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 – A significant number of patients continue to take powerful prescription opioid painkillers many months after joint replacement surgery, a new study shows. The findings are important because joint replacement surgery is increasingly common and there are sharply rising rates of opioid overdoses in the United States. Common prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such ...

FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

Posted 27 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating toll on American families. We must do everything we can to make new, innovative treatment options available that can help patients regain control over ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Morphine Sulfate 0.5 mg/mL Preservative Free in 0.9 percent Sodium Chloride by by Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Super-potent Product

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is alerting health care professionals of a voluntary recall of morphine sulfate 0.5 mg/mL preservative free in 0.9% sodium chloride, 1 mL syringe, CII, for intravenous use made and distributed by Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals, in Noblesville, Indiana, because the product is super-potent. Pharmakon initiated the voluntary recall on February 11, 2016, after receiving laboratory results ...

Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 – Even as overdoses from narcotic prescription painkiller reach record levels in the United States, a new report finds that most people who survive such events continue to be prescribed the drugs by their doctors. The new study found that this happened in more than 90 percent of cases, and patients who continued on drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet after an ...

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