Tag: overdose

West Va. City Takes Big 3 Drug Distributors to Court Over Opioids

(Reuters) – The three largest U.S. drug distributors are facing trial on Monday in West Virginia in a lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid...

Pandemic-Fueled Drug Abuse Threatens Hearts, Lives

By American Heart Association NewsHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — On a recent day in his Denver Health emergency room,...

Mixing Coke, Meth With Opioids Driving Rise in Deaths

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Overdose deaths resulting from a dangerous combination of cocaine and opioids are outpacing...

Nonfatal Opioid Overdose Rises in Teen Girls

More adolescent girls than boys experienced nonfatal opioid overdose and reported baseline levels of anxiety, depression, and self-harm, according to data from a retrospective cohort...

Biden Nixes Buprenorphine Waiver, Docs Disappointed

The Biden administration has halted a Trump administration initiative that would have allowed more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD). Under the...

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

US Drug Overdose Deaths Hit a Record High, CDC Reports

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning...

Brief Overdose Training for Med Students Yields Lasting Benefits

A program that trained medical students to prevent and manage opioid overdose had an enduring impact on students’ knowledge and attitudes toward harm reduction, new research shows....

COVID-19 Fuels Surge in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests

There has been a sharp increase in overdose-related cardiac arrests in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis shows. Overall rates in 2020...

3 Factors Predict Cardiac Events in Overdose Patients

A predictive rule that can help triage drug overdose patients for the risk for cardiac arrest, shock, ventricular dysrhythmias, or myocardial injury has been validated...

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased During Early Days of Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A report from the CDC says deaths from drug overdoses went...

‘Overwhelming Evidence’ FDA’s Opioid Approval Process Is Shoddy

Despite the ongoing epidemic of misuse, overuse, and diversion of opioids, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a low bar for approval...

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

AMA Urges Change After Dramatic Increase in Opioid Fatalities

In the past 5 years, there has been a significant drop in the use of prescription opioids and in deaths associated with such use; but...

FDA Requiring Opioid Labels to Urge Naloxone Co-prescribing

In a long-anticipated policy change, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require manufacturers of opioids to urge clinicians toco-prescribe the overdose antidote...

App Links Overdosing People to Nearby Volunteers With Naloxone

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses, but time is crucial and its effectiveness wanes if medics can’t arrive right away. Now, a new app links overdose...

Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl

Illicit drug users seem to overwhelmingly appreciate being able to use take-home test strips to detect the extremely common presence of dangerous fentanyl in opioids...

Topline Results for Intranasal Med to Treat Opioid Overdose

Topline results show positive results for the experimental intranasal nalmefene product OX125 (Orexo) for opioid overdose reversal, the manufacturer announced earlier today. A crossover, comparative...

Opioid Epidemic Continues to Wreak Havoc Among Young Children

Children younger than 6 years are exposed to fewer prescription narcotics now than they were in 2010, but the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc...