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'Huffing' Deodorant Cost One Teen His Life

Posted 16 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Aerosol products are found in every household but can be potential killers, doctors warn. Highlighting the dangers posed by "huffing," Dutch physicians outline the tragic case of a 19-year-old who died after inhaling spray deodorant to get high. The teenager, who'd been in a residential drug rehabilitation program, died of cardiac arrest soon after, according to a new ...

Major Injuries Take a Toll on Mental Health

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – People who've suffered major traumatic injuries are at much greater risk for mental health problems and suicide, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 people in the Canadian province of Ontario who suffered serious injuries. Most of the injuries (89 percent) were accidental rather than intentional (for example, car crashes and falls). "Major ...

Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses. Within a recent four-day period, a Philadelphia hospital treated 18 patients for an apparent opioid overdose even though they'd only been smoking crack cocaine, researchers report. "None of them had intended to use opioids or fentanyl, but ...

Teens at High-Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Pot

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they'll try marijuana and other illegal drugs, a new study suggests. "We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior," said study first author Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. "Investing in schools ...

Firsthand 9/11 Exposure Fueling Alcohol- and Drug-Related Deaths: Study

Posted 29 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – People directly exposed to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks appear at increased risk of drug- and alcohol-related death, a new study finds. "Following a major disaster, alcohol- and drug-related mortality may be increased," said Dr. Jim Cone and colleagues of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ...

In Massachusetts, Almost 1 in 20 Adults and Older Kids Abuse Opioids

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – In another distressing snapshot of the opioid epidemic gripping America, a new study reports that nearly 5 percent of older children and adults in Massachusetts have an opioid use disorder. The study found that 4.6 percent of people over the age of 11, or more than 275,000 in the state, abuse opioids. That's nearly four times higher than previous estimates based on ...

Many Supplements Still Contain Dangerous Stimulants: Study

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has repeatedly warned manufacturers that many dietary supplements contain dangerous, experimental stimulants. But according to a new report, 75 percent of supplements tested still contain the compounds. "Consumers turn to supplements for safe, natural ways to increase energy, improve workouts or lose weight," said study author Dr. ...

Juul Drawing Lots of Teen Followers on Twitter

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – Though the maker of Juul e-cigarettes has claimed its product is aimed at adult smokers trying to quit, almost a quarter of the company's Twitter followers are under 18, a new study finds. And many of these young fans are retweeting the company's messages, investigators added. The findings are cause for worry, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers ...

Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: Study

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – A look at past expansions to Medicaid appears to challenge claims that expansion under Obamacare helped fuel the current opioid crisis in the United States. University of Pennsylvania researchers report that Medicaid expansions actually had the opposite effect, and led to reductions in drug overdose deaths. "These findings suggest that Medicaid expansions were unlikely ...

ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis.

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows. Nearly half of American emergency physicians said they have been physically assaulted at work, and three in five report those assaults happened during the past year, according to a new poll commissioned by the American College ...

Sleepy Teens More Prone to Drug Use, Suicide Attempts

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – High school students who get too little sleep are more likely than others to use drugs, drink alcohol or attempt suicide, U.S. researchers warn. And while teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep nightly, only 30 percent of students report getting that amount, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Those reporting fewer ...

Smoked, Vaped, Eaten: U.S. Teens Use Pot in Many Ways

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – American teens are partaking of pot in any way they can, from smoking to vaping to eating marijuana edibles, new research shows. The study, of Los Angeles-area high school students, found that about one-third had ever used marijuana. And most of them had used it in more than one way. Smoking was most popular, but many kids also took the drug via "edibles" or "vaping" – ...

Banned Supplement, Higenamine, Remains a Concern in Weight-Loss Products

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Weight-loss and energy supplements sold in the United States may contain potentially harmful and inaccurately labeled levels of the banned stimulant higenamine, a new study finds. Higenamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of substances prohibited in sports, though it is legal for use in supplements in the United States, Canada and Europe. "We're urging ...

'Deaths of Despair' May Have Helped Fuel Trump's Victory: Study

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – U.S. voters' despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, a new analysis argues. Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found. In particular, counties that shifted toward Trump had much ...

FDA takes action against 21 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of agency’s effort to target illegal online sales

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

August 28, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has warned four more online networks, operating a total of 21 websites, illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved, and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol. The warning letters issued by the FDA to each of the networks state that they must immediately stop illegally selling these ...

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