Overdose

Patterns of Potential Misuse Help Assess Risk of Opioid Overdose

Patterns of Potential Misuse Help Assess Risk of Opioid Overdose

Researchers estimated how a range of patterns of potential opioid misuse relate to adverse outcomes during the next year.

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

Naloxone Training Beneficial for PA Students

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Opioid-specific health seminars may help PA students learn lifesaving treatments to perform in the future.

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

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Evidence allowing us to assess the benefits of and risks associated with prescription drug monitoring programs is insufficient.

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

The researchers note that patients with chronic pain and those with mood disorders are more likely to receive opioid prescriptions and are also at greater risk for suicide.

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

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Opioids were the leading contributor to drug overdose deaths between 2015 and 2016.

Measuring Serum Lactate to Facilitate Clinical Decision-Making for Drug Overdose in the ED

Measuring Serum Lactate to Facilitate Clinical Decision-Making for Drug Overdose in the ED

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Clinical decision-making for patients admitted to the emergency department for acute drug overdose may be facilitated by measuring initial lactate concentration.

Similar Outcomes for Transplant With Overdose-Death Donors

Similar Outcomes for Transplant With Overdose-Death Donors

Transplantation of organs from overdose-death donors is associated with similar five-year patient survival and graft survival as organs from trauma-death donors and medical-death donors.

How the City of San Francisco Is Tackling the Intertwined HIV/HCV and Opioid Epidemics

How the City of San Francisco Is Tackling the Intertwined HIV/HCV and Opioid Epidemics

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Katie Burk, MPH, presented measures undertaken by the city of San Francisco to provide integrated responses to the concurrent HIV/HCV and opioid public health epidemics.

CDC: Overdose Deaths Up Across Drug Categories in 2015 to 2016

CDC: Overdose Deaths Up Across Drug Categories in 2015 to 2016

From 2015 to 2016, there were increases in deaths across all drug categories examined, with 63,632 drug overdose deaths in 2016.

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

In a statement released today, Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, said, "It is time to make sure more people have access to this lifesaving medication, because 77 percent of opioid overdose deaths occur outside of a medical setting and more than half occur at home."

Medical Marijuana Laws, Dispensaries May Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose

Medical Marijuana Laws, Dispensaries May Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose

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Medical marijuana laws that include a "liberal" allowance of the drug to dispensaries may contribute to reducing opioid overdose-related deaths in Medicare Part-D and Medicaid beneficiaries.

High Risk for Prescription Opioid, Heroin Overdose in Baby Boomer Generation

High Risk for Prescription Opioid, Heroin Overdose in Baby Boomer Generation

Individuals born between 1947 and 1964 have a significantly increased risk for prescription opioid overdose death and heroin overdose death, and those born from 1979 to 1992 also have an increased risk of heroin overdose death.

Opioid Manufacturers Providing Training for Clinicians

Opioid Manufacturers Providing Training for Clinicians

In an effort to halt the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, US regulators are requiring manufacturers to provide extensive training to doctors.

Opioid, Gabapentin Combo Rx May Increase Mortality Risk

Opioid, Gabapentin Combo Rx May Increase Mortality Risk

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Both gabapentin and opioids are commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain, making the likelihood of these two agents being prescribed together high.

Balanced Pain Management and Overdose Prevention Strategies

Balanced Pain Management and Overdose Prevention Strategies

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At PAINWeek 2017, the president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators discussed ways to balance pain management needs and overdose prevention measures.

Overdose: Mitigating the Legal Risk

Overdose: Mitigating the Legal Risk

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Jennifer Bolen, JD, provides PAINWeek 2017 attendees with information on risk reduction and response to medication overdose events.

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

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Concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use increased by 80% between 2001 and 2013 in the United States and significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids Linked With Heroin Use in Veterans

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids Linked With Heroin Use in Veterans

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Out of 500 participants who initiated heroin use during the study period, more than 75% reported previous or current non-medical use of prescription opioid medications.

Synthetic Fentanyl Implicated in Opioid Overdose Deaths According to CDC Report

Synthetic Fentanyl Implicated in Opioid Overdose Deaths According to CDC Report

Deaths from overdoses of illicitly manufactured fentanyl have increased significantly in recent years.

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

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Combination of a motivational interviewing and enhanced brochures successful in reducing behaviors associated with opioid overdose.

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