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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 […]


Historic Donation of HIV Prevention Drugs

From the Washington Post. Drugmaker to donate HIV-prevention pills for as many as 200,000 people by Lenny Bernstein The pharmaceutical company that makes a once-a-day pill that protects users against HIV has agreed to donate enough medication to cover as many as 200,000 people for 11 years, the Trump administration announced Thursday. Gilead Sciences, the […]


FDA approves generic naloxone

From the FDA. FDA approves first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose Agency is also taking new steps to support development of over-the-counter and additional generics of naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose deaths, increase access to emergency treatment For Immediate Release:          April 19, 2019 The U.S. Food and […]


2019 National Drug Control Strategy

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy January 31, 2019 Today, Jim Carroll, the newly sworn-in Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the President’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use. “Our number one goal is to save […]


Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

From NIH. NIH-funded study identifies risk factors for neuropsychiatric conditions after a concussion. A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the […]


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 […]