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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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06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

05 Jul
What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

“We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues,” said cor...

07 Jun
Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

Use of medical marijuana has surged across the United States, but a new analysis finds that evidence supporting its use in treating chronic pain remains surprisingly thin.

There have been few well-performed clinical trials focused on pain relief from the sort of products...

07 Jun
Dangerous Prescriptions of Opioids-Plus-Sedatives Plummet in U.S.

Dangerous Prescriptions of Opioids-Plus-Sedatives Plummet in U.S.

Reacting to the nation's opioid epidemic, doctors in the United States are co-prescribing fewer opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax, federal health officials report.

When these drugs are taken together, the odds of an overdose, even a fatal ov...

06 Jun
Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Here's a simple weapon to employ against the opioid epidemic: New research finds that placing time limits on prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers may reduce the risk of m...

23 May
Liver Transplants From Donors Who Overdosed Rose During Pandemic

Liver Transplants From Donors Who Overdosed Rose During Pandemic

Organs from donors who died of drug overdoses helped keep the number of U.S. liver transplants steady during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

"When the pandemic began, we saw no decline in liver transplants, which seemed surprising since many s...

13 May
Too Few People Treated for Opioid Use Get Anti-Overdose Med

Too Few People Treated for Opioid Use Get Anti-Overdose Med

A potentially lifesaving drug that reduces overdose risk is prescribed to less than half of Americans treated for opioid addiction, a new study finds.

This underuse of

11 May
U.S. Fatal Drug ODs Rose Again in 2021, But Increase Is Slowing

U.S. Fatal Drug ODs Rose Again in 2021, But Increase Is Slowing

Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb, but at a slower pace, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

Early data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

11 May
Leftover Opioids After Surgery? Mailed Kits Double Rate of Proper Disposal

Leftover Opioids After Surgery? Mailed Kits Double Rate of Proper Disposal

Could giving surgery patients ready-to-use mailed disposal kits for unused opioids lower the risk of abuse...

09 May
Ohio State Warns of Fake Adderall Pills After Two Students Die

Ohio State Warns of Fake Adderall Pills After Two Students Die

Ohio State University is warning students to be wary of fake Adderall pills after two students died last week.

University officials said that Columbus Public Health has warned the community about the counterfeit Adderall, which contain the deadly synthetic opioid fentany...

27 Apr
Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Folks who struggle with depression and substance use disorders often tend to be smokers, but a new study finds that smoking ...

18 Apr
Mental Health Issues Linked to Higher Risk of Breakthrough COVID Infections

Mental Health Issues Linked to Higher Risk of Breakthrough COVID Infections

People with substance abuse disorders, depression and other mental health conditions may be at higher risk for COVID-19 -- even when they are fully vaccinated, new research suggests.

"Individuals with psychiatric disorders, and especially older adults with psychiatric di...

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...

04 Apr
Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Does youthful experimentation with drugs and alcohol always fade with age? Not necessarily, a long-term study warns.

Researchers found that more than 60% of teens who report heavy use of

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...

24 Mar
Too Few People With Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments

Too Few People With Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments

Even though medication is considered the most effective therapy for opioid addiction, many Americans who need it don't receive it, a new study finds.

"Evidence supporting the effectiveness of medication for opioid use disorder — such as methadone, buprenorphine or nalt...

22 Mar
Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

Many patients prescr...

22 Mar
Could the Party Drug Ecstasy Help Treat PTSD?

Could the Party Drug Ecstasy Help Treat PTSD?

The party drug "ecstasy" might be the key to helping people heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new clinical trial results indicate.

In a small study, PTSD patients treated with a powerful combination of the psychedelic drug, also known as

18 Mar
Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

Those most at risk for misusing medical ma...

14 Mar
Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many a...

28 Feb
J&J Finalizes $26 Billion Opioid Settlement

J&J Finalizes $26 Billion Opioid Settlement

Settlements totaling $26 billion have been finalized between drugmaker Johnson & Johnson plus three major pharmaceutical distributors and state and local governments, over the companies' role in America's

24 Feb
A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

Extreme heat from climate change is making it harder for people with mental illness and drug addiction to cope and adding to pressure on pandemic-stretched U.S. emergency rooms.

During these severe summer temperature spikes, Americans with depression, anxiety, mood disor...

23 Feb
FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another pointed warning about the dangers posed by tianeptine, an antidepressant that is not

23 Feb
Microdosing LSD: Can It Help or Harm Mental Health?

Microdosing LSD: Can It Help or Harm Mental Health?

Microdosing has become trendy in the era of drug legalization, with TV shows like "Nine Perfect Strangers" promoting the potential positives of regularly taking tiny amounts of psychedelics.

But a new study finds that short-term microdosing of one hippy-era psychedelic, ...

23 Feb
Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of American adults take a potentially deadly duo of prescription opioid painkillers and sedatives at the same time, researchers warn.

The side effects of concurrent use of op...

23 Feb
Stopped Early, Teen Drug Abuse Won't Harm Life Success

Stopped Early, Teen Drug Abuse Won't Harm Life Success

If they quit early on, there's a good chance that teenage drug abusers can still succeed in life, researchers say.

The findings show the importance of stopping drug use by early adulthood in order to protect future health and well-being, according to Jake Najman, a profe...

22 Feb
Sackler Family Sweetens Opioid Settlement Offer

Sackler Family Sweetens Opioid Settlement Offer

The wealthy Sackler family upped its cash offer to settle thousands of opioid-related lawsuits against the family and their company, Purdue Pharma.

Instead of paying out $4.5 billion, the company is now offering $6 billion to settle the slew of lawsuits.

But the fa...

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...

17 Feb
Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Young people with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of dying early from a range of causes, a new research review suggests.

Researchers found that before middle-age, people with autism face higher-than-average rates of death from...

15 Feb
Psychosis Risk Rises When People Abuse 'Speed'

Psychosis Risk Rises When People Abuse 'Speed'

Amphetamines can pull people into a vicious cycle of addiction, but new research now shows that people who abuse these stimulants are also five times more likely to develop psychosis than non-users.

The effect of "speed" on neurotransmitter signaling in the brain often c...

01 Feb
Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

The U.S. drug epidemic continues its death march, with new research showing American teens and young adults have lost nearly 1.5 million years of life due to drug overdose deaths in recent years.

For

13 Jan
Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

It could be your grandparent.

Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age -- and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up,

29 Dec
ERs Can Boost Efforts to Stamp Out Opioid Addiction

ERs Can Boost Efforts to Stamp Out Opioid Addiction

A program meant to encourage the use of a drug that can help people overcome opioid addiction led to dramatic increases in its use in emergency rooms, researchers report.

22 Dec
NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

At least 59 overdoses were prevented in the first three weeks that two overdose prevention centers have been open in New York City, the city's health department said Tuesday.

During that time, there were more than 2,000 visits to the centers that are operated by OnPoint ...

14 Dec
Did Pandemic Lockdowns Worsen the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse?

Did Pandemic Lockdowns Worsen the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse?

Pandemic lockdowns may have led fewer Americans to seek pain treatment last year, but folks who did seek help had higher-than-usual odds of receiving dangerous opioid painkillers, a new study says.

And that could lead to a worsening of the opioid epidemic, researchers su...

01 Dec
Getting a Pacemaker Can Raise Odds for Opioid Abuse

Getting a Pacemaker Can Raise Odds for Opioid Abuse

People who are prescribed opioid painkillers after receiving a heart pacemaker or defibrillator may be at risk for opioid abuse -- and the higher the initial dose, the greater the risk, according to a new study.

“The significance of this study is to make other electrop...

24 Nov
Wearable Device Spots, Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Wearable Device Spots, Reverses Opioid Overdoses

A wearable device that could inject a lifesaving antidote for an opioid overdose might be on the horizon.

A new study shows that the device, worn on the stomach like an insulin pump, can detect when someone stops breathing from an overdose and inject the drug naloxone to...

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...

15 Nov
Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

As if suffering through a childhood trauma weren't enough, new research suggests it might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.

Researchers analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey and found that about 45% ...

10 Nov
Oklahoma Supreme Courts Overturns $465 Million J & J Opioid Ruling

Oklahoma Supreme Courts Overturns $465 Million J & J Opioid Ruling

A previous court ruling that ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Oklahoma $465 million for the company's role in the opioid epidemic was tossed out by the state's highest court on Tuesday.

In a 5-1 vote, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the state's argument that Johnson ...

03 Nov
California Judge Sides With Drug Companies in Opioid Lawsuit

California Judge Sides With Drug Companies in Opioid Lawsuit

A California judge has ruled against local governments that sued drug companies for billions of dollars to recover their costs of dealing with the opioid epidemic.

In a tentative ruling issued Monday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson rejected the plaintiff...

26 Oct
Number of Teens Who Vape Marijuana Doubled in 7 Years

Number of Teens Who Vape Marijuana Doubled in 7 Years

Teenagers have followed the vaping trend into marijuana use, with recent studies chronicling a boom in pot vaping among adolescents in the United States and Canada, researchers report.

The percentage of teens who've experimented with vaped pot has more than doubled in re...

22 Oct
Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Researchers may be one step closer to developing the equivalent of a Breathalyzer for detecting marijuana use.

In an early study, scientists found that their rapid test was able to reliably detect THC in people's saliva in under 5 minutes. THC, short for tetrahydrocannab...

14 Oct
CDC Reports Record High 12-Month Drug Overdose Death Toll

CDC Reports Record High 12-Month Drug Overdose Death Toll

Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new record for the 12-month period ending March 2021, new government data shows.

A record high 96,779 drug overdose deaths occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, representing a 29.6% rise, new statistics from the U.S....

14 Oct
Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.

Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restric...

06 Oct
'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows.

"First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall...

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 ...

23 Sep
U.S. Meth Overdose Deaths Tripled in Recent Years

U.S. Meth Overdose Deaths Tripled in Recent Years

Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses in the United States nearly tripled between 2015 and 2019, health officials report in a new study.

While the number of methamphetamine users did not increase as steeply, researchers said frequent use of methamphetamine, and using oth...

21 Sep
Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

An animal tranquilizer, xylazine, is increasingly linked to drug overdose deaths across the United States, health officials say.

According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, xylazine has turned up in overdose deaths in 25 of 38 stat...

20 Sep
Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital.

Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)....

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