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07 Oct

HealthDay Now: Fentanyl, Supply Chain Issues, and Isolation Drove Record High Drug Overdoses in 2020

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to Dr. Thomas Stopka, associate professor and epidemiologist who studies opioid use and abuse at Tufts University School of Medicine. Considering the record high number of drug overdoses reported in 2020, Dr. Stopka discussed factors that may be responsible for this increase.

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12 Apr
Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Drug overdose deaths among America's teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and not because drug use is more common, researchers report.

In 2020, overdose deaths among adolescents nearly doubled, compared with 10 years before the pandemic. They rose another 20% in t...

31 Mar
Police Records Show Use of Illegal Fentanyl-Laced Pills Soaring

Police Records Show Use of Illegal Fentanyl-Laced Pills Soaring

Dovetailing with a surge in overdose deaths, the United States has seen a sharp rise in seizures of illicit fentanyl, according to a new report.

Law enforceme...

18 Feb
As Fentanyl Overdoses Rise, So Does Use of 'Party Drug' Test Strips

As Fentanyl Overdoses Rise, So Does Use of 'Party Drug' Test Strips

Potent and poisonous, the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl has infiltrated nearly every corner of the U.S. illegal street drug market, experts warn.

In the process, it's killing addicts and recreati...

19 Jan
Opioid Addiction Treatment in Jail Could Change Lives

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Jail Could Change Lives

No magic bullet exists for ending the U.S. opioid crisis, but there's hopeful news for one high-risk population: Providing addiction medication in jails reduces the odds of addicts being re-arrested after their release, new research shows.

"Studies like this provide much...

14 Dec
U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Soaring, Especially in West

U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Soaring, Especially in West

Synthetic forms of the potentially lethal opioid fentanyl are flooding the illicit drug market, leaving a soaring number of fatal overdoses in their wake, a new U.S. report finds.

The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that between...

17 Nov
Over 100,000 Americans Died From Drug Overdoses in One Year: Report

Over 100,000 Americans Died From Drug Overdoses in One Year: Report

New government data confirms what many have suspected: The pandemic has prompted a record number of drug overdose deaths, with more than 100,000 Americans succumbing to addiction as COVID-19 raged across the country.

That figure is almost 30% higher than the previous yea...

01 Oct
How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. opioid crisis in ways bad and good, increasing the risk of use and overdose but also spurring innovative approaches to treatment.

The pandemic has definitely been linked to an increase in opioid use and overdose deaths, Tufts ...

29 Sep
DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

People buying pills that look like prescription opioid painkillers or stimulants who are not buying them from a licensed pharmacy may be buying a lethal drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warned this week.

This was the first public safety alert the DEA has is...

26 Aug
Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Overdose deaths linked to illicit "designer" benzodiazepines have surged in the United States, as underground labs crank out new synthetic variations on prescription tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

Overdose deaths involving illicit benzos increased more than...

26 Jul
Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

Accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches is putting children's lives at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain reliever; so powerful that fentanyl patches are typically only prescribed to patients who require round-the-c...

22 Jul
Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

A proposed $26 billion settlement on opioid-related lawsuits has been reached with four large drug companies, a group of state attorneys general announced Wednesday.

If enough states sign on to the deal with the country's three major drug distributors -- Cardinal Health,...

02 Apr
People Are Buying Illegal Opioids on the Dark Web

People Are Buying Illegal Opioids on the Dark Web

Illegal drug sales on the dark web are common, hard to detect and are fueling America's opioid epidemic, a University of Texas study reveals.

Opioids include prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone) and illegal drugs (such as heroin and fentanyl).

"People are s...

05 Mar
Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

Lockdowns Tied to Temporary Drops in Illicit Drug Seizures

Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased.

Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in five locations between March 2019 (a year b...

03 Feb
In Philadelphia, an Animal Tranquilizer Is Driving Deadly Rise in Opioid ODs

In Philadelphia, an Animal Tranquilizer Is Driving Deadly Rise in Opioid ODs

Philadelphia is seeing a surge in overdose fatalities involving heroin and/or fentanyl plus an animal tranquilizer not approved for human use, according to a new study.

The tranquilizer -- called xylazine -- is a non-opioid sedative and painkiller approved by the U.S. Fo...

09 Jun
'Iso,' a Deadly New Synthetic Opioid, Has Hit American Streets

'Iso,' a Deadly New Synthetic Opioid, Has Hit American Streets

A new synthetic opioid as powerful as fentanyl is causing overdose deaths at an ever-increasing rate, experts warn.

What's worse, the designer drug is legal in most places in the United States.

Isotonitazene -- commonly referred to as "iso" -- is causing a...

19 Mar
Opioid OD Deaths Fall Despite Growing Use of Synthetic Drugs: CDC

Opioid OD Deaths Fall Despite Growing Use of Synthetic Drugs: CDC

Overall, opioid-related deaths in the United States fell 2% between 2017 and 2018, according to newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said deaths involving prescription opioids were down 13.5%, while heroin-rela...

10 Jan
Obamacare May Have Prevented Many Opioid-Related Deaths

Obamacare May Have Prevented Many Opioid-Related Deaths

The Medicaid expansion brought in by Obamacare may have prevented thousands of deaths from opioid overdoses, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that in U.S. states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, fatal opioid overdoses dipped...

03 Jan
U.S. Saw Big Rise in Meth, Fentanyl Use in 2019

U.S. Saw Big Rise in Meth, Fentanyl Use in 2019

A study of over 1 million urine drug tests from across the United States shows soaring rates of use of methamphetamines and fentanyl, often used together in potentially lethal ways.

The drug test results came primarily from clinics dealing with primary care, pain man...

25 Oct
One Region Is Being Hit Hardest by U.S. Opioid Crisis

One Region Is Being Hit Hardest by U.S. Opioid Crisis

More people die from drug overdoses in the northeastern U.S. than other regions, making it a major hotbed of the nation's opioid epidemic, a new federal report says.

Fueled mainly by fentanyl and heroin, overdose (OD) deaths are soaring in an area that runs east from...

29 Aug
U.S. Opioid Deaths Take a Small Dip, as Fentanyl Leaves Deadly Mark

U.S. Opioid Deaths Take a Small Dip, as Fentanyl Leaves Deadly Mark

The good news is overdose deaths from opioids in the United States have dropped slightly in 25 states, but here's the bad news: Deaths from fentanyl are still increasing, federal health officials reported Thursday.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...

08 Aug
Lethal Deception: Deaths From Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl on the Rise

Lethal Deception: Deaths From Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl on the Rise

Across the United States and Canada, people are buying cocaine only to discover too late that it contains potentially deadly fentanyl, a new report warns.

In one cluster of cases occurring in Fresno, Calif., in January of this year, four people were brought to local ...

06 May
Fentanyl Becoming a Deadly Accomplice in Cocaine, Meth Abuse

Fentanyl Becoming a Deadly Accomplice in Cocaine, Meth Abuse

As if using cocaine or methamphetamines isn't risky enough, new research shows a sharp spike in urine drug tests that are positive for those drugs and the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The findings could provide insight into steeply rising rates of cocai...

25 Apr
Fatal Drug ODs Surging Among Young Americans

Fatal Drug ODs Surging Among Young Americans

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of America's opioid epidemic just keeps rising, with new research showing that overdose deaths among teens and young adults are soaring.

The death rate from drug overdoses rose from eight in every 100,000 people ...

21 Mar
Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report

Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report

The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that's hundreds of times more potent than heroin or cocaine. But sometimes drug users don't...

12 Mar
Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren't prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds.

Baltimore has a thriving heroin trade and 1,000 opioid overdose deat...

05 Mar
U.S. Deaths From Suicide, Substance Abuse Reach Record High

U.S. Deaths From Suicide, Substance Abuse Reach Record High

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in the United States hit an all-time high in 2017 -- more than 150,000 in all.

That number was more than double 1999 levels, according to a chilling new analysis of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the Tru...

22 Feb
Opioid Overdose Deaths Quadruple, Centered in 8 States

Opioid Overdose Deaths Quadruple, Centered in 8 States

U.S. opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the last two decades, and the highest rates are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows.

Those states are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio.

The...

19 Feb
FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims

FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims

Drug makers and federal regulators dropped the ball in tracking the use of a potentially deadly fast-acting form of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, putting thousands of patients at risk of a fatal overdose, a new study claims.

Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl (...

10 Jan
Fatal Drug ODs Soaring Among Middle-Aged Women: CDC

Fatal Drug ODs Soaring Among Middle-Aged Women: CDC

The rate at which middle-aged American women die from overdoses involving opioids and other drugs nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2017, new government data shows.

In 1999, about seven out of every 100,000 deaths among U.S. women aged 30 to 64 was caused by a drug ...

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