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

Posted 7 days ago 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 14 days ago 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 ...

More Opioid Users Getting Treatment Since Medicaid Expansion

Posted 17 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 – The expansion of Medicaid that came along with the Affordable Care Act has made it easier for some opioid users to get treatment, new research suggests. In a study of nearly 12 million Medicaid patients, researchers found that while the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers decreased slightly, prescriptions for buprenorphine (Buprenex), a drug to treat addiction, ...

U.S. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Life Expectancy Decline

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – The opioid epidemic may be a major reason for recent declines in Americans' life expectancy, a new study says. A second study found rising death rates among Americans ages 25 to 64, but cited a number of factors as potential causes. In the first study, researchers looked at 18 wealthy nations and found that most of them had declines in life expectancy in 2015. It's the ...

Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows. In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the hospital with opioid use disorder, up from 1.5 per 1,000 in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found. This increase is ...

Doctors Write Fewer Opioid Scripts After Learning of Overdose Death

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Doctors prescribed fewer opioid pain medications after receiving letters from a medical examiner informing them of a patient's fatal overdose, a new study says. Many people who die of opioid overdoses got addicted to the drugs after they were prescribed for common problems. This study included 861 doctors in San Diego County who prescribed opioids to 170 patients who ...

Opioid Addicts Turning to Unapproved Antidepressant to Get High

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – In a trend that suggests opioid addicts are turning to new fixes, a government report shows that use of an unapproved antidepressant is becoming more widespread in the United States. Tianeptine is used in some European, Asian and Latin American countries for treatment of depression and anxiety. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved use of the drug in ...

As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven't declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use and doses leveled off. But doses were still higher in 2017 than in 2007, and opioid use was particularly high among older patients suffering chronic ...

Majority in U.S. Support Medical Pot, Think It Could Fight Opioid Crisis

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Americans strongly support medical marijuana, and a majority also believe that pot should be legal for recreational purposes, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found. Nearly nine out of every 10 adults – 85 percent – believe that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, the poll reports. And more than half, 57 percent, support the legalization of recreational ...

Vaping Medical Pot May Not Ease COPD Symptoms: Study

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – A feeling of breathlessness is the hallmark of the respiratory ailment known as COPD. Now, Canadian researchers say vaping marijuana failed to ease that symptom for most people in their study. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive respiratory ailment, often tied to smoking, with characteristics of bronchitis and emphysema. The incurable disease ...

Illicit Use of ADHD Meds Won't Boost Grades: Study

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Many college students turn to ADHD medications during exam week, treating the prescription stimulants as "smart drugs" that will enhance their academic performance. But a new study shows that drugs like Adderall do not improve, and can actually impair, brain function in healthy students who take the drug hoping for an intelligence boost. "It's not a smart drug. It was ...

Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West. Focusing on prescribing rates for opioids like Oxycontin in congressional districts could help improve efforts to fight the nation's opioid addiction crisis, ...

More U.S. Teens Shunning Drugs, Alcohol

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows. "There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or any other drugs," said study author Dr. Sharon Levy. She directs the adolescent substance use and addiction ...

Death Certificate Data May Miss Many Opioid ODs: Study

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – The actual number of opioid overdose deaths in several U.S. states is likely far higher than death certificates suggest, a new study says. Incomplete reporting of overdose deaths can hamper efforts to fight the nation's opioid epidemic, according to the University of Pittsburgh researchers. They said that as many as 70,000 opioid overdose deaths were not included in ...

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