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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 […]


Pain meds from the dentist may put our youth at risk

From the Washington Post. by Ronnie Cohen Dentists who prescribe opioid painkillers to teenagers and young adults after pulling their wisdom teeth may be putting their patients at risk of addiction, a new study finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday, shines a light on the largely overlooked role dental prescriptions play in an […]


Alert! Life-threatening outbreak associated with synthetic cannabinoids

From CDC Update—Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network December 10, 2018 1300 ET (1:00 PM ET) CDCHAN-00416   Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on: 1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic […]


Jail Ordered to Give Inmate Methadone for Opioid Addiction in Far-Reaching Ruling

From the NY Times by Kate Taylor BOSTON — In a ruling that could have tremendous consequences for the country’s correctional system, a federal judge said this week that a Massachusetts man facing a jail sentence could not be denied access to treatment for his opioid addiction. Judge Denise J. Casper of the United States […]


FDA Approves New Potent Opioid

From NPR. Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller by Jake Harper The Food and Drug Administration has approved a potent new opioid painkiller, despite warnings from physician critics who say the drug will contribute to the addiction epidemic. Dsuvia, a 3-millimeter-wide tablet of sufentanil made by AcelRx, came before an FDA advisory committee […]


Every U.S. Public Library and YMCA Will Soon Get Narcan for Free

From Time. by Jamie Ducharme Every public library and YMCA in the U.S. may soon be equipped with Narcan, in an effort to combat drug-related deaths by expanding access to the opioid-overdose-reversing naloxone nasal spray. Emergent BioSolutions, which this month completed its acquisition of Narcan maker Adapt Pharma, will provide a free kit including two doses of […]


NIDA Announces New Opioid Tx ED Resources

From NIDA. New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians Announcement | October 03, 2018 The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) today announced the availability of informational resources for clinicians interested in initiating buprenorphine treatment in emergency department settings. Buprenorphine is one of several medicines available for use in many emergency departments to treat […]


HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016

From the CDC. Huang YA, Zhu W, Smith DK, Harris N, Hoover KW. HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1147–1150. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6741a3 Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a daily, oral pill containing antiretroviral drugs is highly effective in preventing acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (1–4). […]


2nd Needle Exchange Program Opens in Richmond

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Second needle exchange program launches at Richmond free clinic with RPD support by Bridget Balch Virginia’s second needle exchange program — an initiative aimed at reducing the risk of spreading bloodborne disease by offering clean needles to injection drug users — was launched in Richmond this week. The Health Brigade, formerly […]