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Cocaine overdose deaths triple

From U.S. News & World Report Overdose Deaths From Cocaine Rising Dramatically by Steven Reinberg While opioids were grabbing the headlines, cocaine overdose deaths in the United States have marched upward, nearly tripling over five years, a new government report shows. After a period of stability, cocaine-induced deaths rose by about 27% per year, on […]


Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility

From NIH A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published today in Molecular Psychiatry, was co-authored by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The findings suggest that health care providers should closely monitor patients […]


Overdose is leading cause of injury-related death across U.S.

From MyEasternShoreMD The opioid epidemic comes with heartbreakingly large numbers. 70,000+ died last year in America. 750,000 died between 1999 and 2018. 128+ people die each day from an opioid overdose. Drug overdose deaths remains the leading cause of injury-related deaths across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of […]


ONDCP Releases 2020 National Drug Control Strategy and Rural Toolkit

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently released the National Drug Control Strategy report as well as a guide to assist rural communities in responding to the addiction crisis. The 2020 National Strategy prioritizes increasing access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and supporting those in recovery with peer services, access to housing, training, education, […]


Drug Overdose Deaths Decline Slightly

From CDC NCHS For the first time in a decade, overdose deaths declined by 4.6 percent. Although great news, vigilance to bring the number of overdose deaths to zero, must continue. Continue to full report


Alcohol-related Deaths Increasing in the United States

From NIH, Friday, January 10, 2020 An analysis of U.S. death certificate data by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that nearly 1 million people died from alcohol-related causes between 1999 and 2017. The number of death certificates mentioning alcohol more than […]


WHO classifies gaming disorder as behavioral addiction

From NPR Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases by Anya Kamenetz They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction. On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification […]


Prescription opioids may not be reason behind high overdose death for veterans

From UPI Heroin, synthetic opioids fuel veterans’ overdose spike, study says By Tauren Dyson The overprescription of opioids to reduce pain may not be driving the high overdose death for veterans, new findings show. Between 2010 and 2016, veteran deaths from opioid overdoses spiked 65 percent, according to a study published Wednesday in American Journal of […]