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States Require Reversal Drug with Opioid Prescriptions

From Kaiser Health News. More States Say Doctors Must Offer Overdose Reversal Drug Along With Opioids In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors’ offices with a second prescription — for naloxone, a drug that can save their lives if they overdose on the powerful painkillers. […]


Mobile Wellness Bus Fights Addictions

From the Capital Gazette. Maryland Mobile Wellness Initiative to provide resources for drug addiction in northern Anne Arundel by Phil Davis A new 38-foot recreational vehicle outfitted with medical personnel and addiction treatment resources is Anne Arundel’s newest asset in the battle against opioid addiction. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, former county executive Steve Schuh, now executive […]


Two decades of data reveal overall increase in pain, opioid use among U.S. adults

From NIH. Researchers measured pain’s impact on normal work activities, people’s health status, and health care use. Prompted by a call from the National Academy of Medicine, then the Institute of Medicine, for improved national data on pain, a recent study provides new insights concerning pain trends and opioid use for pain management. Researchers used […]


Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

ScienceDaily Attention drawn to lack of female-specific research Date:             February 8, 2019 Source:         Vanderbilt University Summary:    Female-specific interventions are needed, but in the meantime, treatment centers could use this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects. Women’s hormonal cycles may not […]


FDA Is Streamlining Labeling for Naloxone

From CNBC  Angelica LaVito FDA clears the way to increase access and lower cost of life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug Naloxone is used in emergency rooms across the U.S. to reverse a drug overdose from opioids. The FDA is streamlining the labeling for naloxone. The change clears the way for drugmakers to sell it without […]


D.C. announces plan to cut opioid-related deaths by half

From the Washington Post. In long-awaited plan, D.C. aims to reduce opioid deaths by half by late 2020 by Jenna Portnoy The District on Monday announced a plan aimed at cutting opioid-related deaths by half over the next 21 months, using a long list of treatment, tracking and education initiatives. Start-up costs of $24 million will […]


Delaware overdose deaths could top 400 in 2018

From WHYY. By Eric Eichmann Through Christmas Day, 286 deaths from suspected overdoses have been reported in Delaware. When the final toxicology reports are completed in a few months, however, that number could soar to more than 400. “Regrettably, we’re trending above where we were last year,” said Kara Odom Walker, secretary of the state […]


Opioid Crisis Linked to Spike in Infective Endocarditis

From MedPageToday. by Nicole Lou — Ten-fold rise in one state prompts urgent call for action Drug-associated infective endocarditis increased more than 10-fold from 2007 to 2017 in step with the opioid crisis in one state, researchers reported. Annual hospitalizations related to the infection went from 0.92 to 10.95 per 100,000 persons during this time […]


Fantanyl Leads in Overdose Deaths

From CNN. Fentanyl is the Deadliest Drug in America, CDC Confirms by Nadia Kounang Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug […]