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Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids

Posted 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – It's a classic case of parents telling their kids: Don't do as I do, do as I say. The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in many U.S. states puts parents who use pot in a challenging position, a pediatrician says. It's important to understand that if your children see you using marijuana, they'll want to do the same, according to Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding. She is chair of pediatrics at Penn State Children's Hospital. Parents who use marijuana need to make their children understand that the drug is not for use by youngsters. "Conventional wisdom is kids will do what they're going to do and you can't make a difference. But in reality, parents have the biggest impact on their kids," Walker-Harding said in a university news release. "The most powerful thing you can do as a parent is tell your child, 'I don't want you to use drugs or alcohol,' " ... Read more

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Senator Probes Opioid Makers' Role in U.S. Drug Abuse Epidemic

Posted 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

A U.S. senator wants information from the five top makers of opioid painkiller drugs in order to assess their role in the nation's opioid epidemic. Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to determine whether the five companies – Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, Mylan, and Depomed – have contributed to overuse and overprescribing of opioids, the Washington Post reported. Since 2000, 180,000 people in the U.S. have died of prescription opioid overdoses and tens of thousands have died of heroin and fentanyl overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, McCaskill sent a letter to the five companies asking them for opioid sales and marketing materials, any research they may have conducted on the addictive properties of their drugs, and information on compliance with legal settlements, the Post reported. "This epidemic is the direct ... Read more

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Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Heroin use in the United States jumped fivefold over a decade, and young, white males are the epidemic's most likely victims, a new study finds. One addiction specialist blamed the lax use of prescription opioid painkillers – narcotics such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin – for the surge in heroin use. "A nation awash with prescription opioids has led to a large increase in addiction, overdose deaths and transition to heroin-fentanyl [a powerful synthetic opioid]," said Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School. She wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. The issue is so pressing that President Donald Trump plans to announce the formation of a commission to investigate the opioid epidemic in the United States on Wednesday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will chair the commission. The Trump administration also named ... Read more

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Kids Peppered With Pot Ads

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – There has been an alarming increase in young Americans' exposure to marijuana ads as more states legalize the drug, a new study contends. Recreational and/or medicinal use of marijuana is now legal in more than half of U.S. states, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said. "Advertising can be powerful," said study first author Melissa Krauss, a research statistician in the department of psychiatry. "That's why we're concerned that so many young adults are seeing ads for marijuana. It's also likely that younger, more vulnerable kids are seeing ads, too." For the study, Krauss' team surveyed 742 younger people, aged 18 to 34, all of whom reported recent marijuana use. The researchers found that 54 percent had seen or sought out marijuana ads in the previous month. The ads were either online or in more traditional forms such as ... Read more

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More Older Women Hitting the Bottle Hard

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – More older American women than ever are drinking – and drinking hard, a new study shows. Most troubling was the finding that the prevalence of binge drinking among older women is increasing dramatically, far faster than it is among older men, the researchers noted. The difference was striking: Among men, the average prevalence of binge drinking remained stable from 1997 to 2014, while it increased an average of nearly 4 percent per year among women, the researchers found. Increased drinking and binge drinking can be a serious health problem for women, said study author Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Women don't tolerate alcohol as well as men, and they start to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men, Breslow explained. She pointed out that on average, women weigh ... Read more

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Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded gas fumes, or playing with soil near busy roads, could heighten lead exposure since dust particles containing lead comes from car tailpipes, the researchers said. Blood samples of the study participants collected at age 11 were tested for lead. Assessments of thinking and memory skills were also regularly conducted during the study. At age 38, those participants who had more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood at age 11 had IQs an average of 4.25 points lower than those with lower lead levels as kids. They also had ... Read more

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Smoking Slows Recovery From Drug Abuse

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – People recovering from illicit drug abuse are more likely to be successful if they don't smoke cigarettes, a new study finds. Most illicit drug users also smoke cigarettes, but many substance abuse programs do not include treatment for nicotine dependence, the study authors said. "The thinking in clinical settings has been that asking patients to quit cigarette smoking while they try to stop using drugs is 'too difficult,' or that smoking may be helpful in remaining abstinent from alcohol and drugs, but it is not related whether or not one remains abstinent from illicit drug use over the long term," said study leader Renee Goodwin. However, the investigators found that smokers were twice as likely as nonsmokers to relapse within three years. For the study, Goodwin, of the department of epidemiology at Columbia University's School of Public Health in New York ... Read more

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Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that employees with substance use disorders miss nearly 50 percent more work days than their colleagues, and up to six weeks of work a year, according to the National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago and Shatterproof. Shatterproof is a national nonprofit that works to end the devastation that addiction causes families. However, a companion survey from the council found that while 71 percent of employers reported issues with worker prescription drug use, only 39 percent consider it a safety threat and only 24 percent believe it's a problem. ... Read more

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Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – When you learn that just 1 in 5 Americans locks up prescription drugs, it's not surprising to hear that thousands of children are treated for accidental medication overdoses each year. A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that more than one-quarter of Americans hang on to unused drugs "until they're used up." This ups the odds for misuse, too. "People may not realize how dangerous certain medications can be for a child," said Lisa Gill, deputy editor of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. "Pills within easy reach can be as dangerous as a loaded gun, particularly narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin," she said. The bottom line: "If you have these pills at home, and you have children around, we urge you to lock them up," Gill said. The magazine staff also recommends cleaning out your medicine cabinet once a year ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – The number of U.S. kids who overdose on prescription painkillers each year may be declining – but the incidents remain a major public health problem, new research says. Since 2009, U.S. poison control centers have seen fewer calls about children and teenagers who've ingested prescription opioids, researchers found. Often, those incidents involved young children who'd gotten hold of an adult's medication. In other cases, it was a teenager who intentionally abused the drug, or used it to self-harm. The fact that the incidents may be waning is "good news," researchers said. But, they stress, the issue is not going away. "We really have a major problem in this country [with opioid abuse]," said Dr. Marcel Casavant, one of the researchers on the study. "And it's trickling down to our kids." And in certain ways, the study found, things have gotten worse: Among ... Read more

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Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests. The study looked at more than 4 million veterans, and found that drug or alcohol problems affected 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females. These veterans had a more than twofold increased risk of suicide compared with those without a substance use disorder. The suicide rate was especially high among female veterans with drug or alcohol problems. These women had a more than five times greater rate of suicide than female veterans who did not have substance abuse problems. "We hope these findings will help clinicians and health systems care for people with substance use disorders, with mental health conditions, and with both – and focus suicide prevention efforts accordingly," said lead study author Kipling Bohnert. Bohnert is an ... Read more

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Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day's supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 percent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the researchers said. The odds of long-term opioid use increased most sharply in the first days of therapy, particularly after five days of taking the drugs. The rate of long-term opioid use increased to about 13 percent for patients who first took the drugs for eight days or more, according to the report. "Awareness among prescribers, pharmacists and persons managing pharmacy benefits that authorization of a second opioid prescription doubles the risk for opioid use one year later might deter overprescribing of opioids," said senior researcher Martin ... Read more

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Health Highlights: March 13, 2017

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Consumer Advocates Pan Trump's Choice for FDA Head A former top official in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the administration of President George W. Bush is President Donald Trump's choice to lead the agency. The nomination of Scott Gottlieb, 44, was welcomed by drug industry executives but criticized by consumer advocates, who said he is too deeply tied to pharmaceutical companies, The New York Times reported. Gottlieb is a partner at a venture capital fund with extensive links to the medicine and biotech industries. "He is basically entangled in an unprecedented web of ties to big pharma," Dr. Michael Carome, director of the health research group at the consumer organization Public Citizen, told The Times. "He is someone who has been an industry shill and has spent ... Read more

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'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

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7 in 10 U.S. Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse: Survey

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Prescription drug abuse has seeped into the American workplace, with 70 percent of businesses saying it affects their workers, a new survey reveals. The National Safety Council report also found that while 71 percent of employers believe that abuse of opioid prescription painkillers is a disease that requires treatment, 65 percent also consider it a justifiable reason to fire a worker. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the safety council. "Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs and opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job. We hope these findings prompt employers to take the lead on this emerging issue so that workplaces can be as safe as possible," she added in a safety council news release. But ... Read more

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