In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. Show More Summary
A hospital in New Haven, Connecticut treated 12 people who overdosed last June when they used fentanyl that had been sold as cocaine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of the people died. The post CDC: Fentanyl Sold as Cocaine Led to 12 Overdoses in 8 Hours appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
The price of Evzio, a device that delivers the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, has soared from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 today for a twin-pack, Scientific American reports. The post Price of Naloxone Device Soars as Demand Increases appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A growing number of Californians in their 20s are ending up in the emergency room because of heroin, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The post California Reports More Young Adults Ending Up in ER Because of Heroin appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A new method for using e-cigarettes called “dripping” is becoming popular among teens. A report published in Pediatrics finds one-quarter of U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes have experimented with dripping. The post New Method for E-Cigarette Use Called “Dripping” Becoming Popular Among Teens appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A recent federal survey finds almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they had used marijuana in the past month in 2014, up from 2.4 percent in 2002. The post Survey Finds Increase in Number of Pregnant Women Using Marijuana appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Many doctors, even those who specialize in addiction treatment, do not have a good understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its benefits for people struggling to give up drinking, says Marc Galanter, M.D., Founding Director ofShow More Summary
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back any progress made against combating the nation’s opioid crisis, according to Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama. The post Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Hurt Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis: Botticelli appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Two major drug wholesalers recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle claims they failed to report suspicious orders for opioid painkillers to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to NPR. The post Two Major Drug Wholesalers Agree to Pay Millions to Settle Opioid-Related Claims appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Officials in Massachusetts report a cluster of 14 patients who experienced sudden-onset amnesia, which they suspect was caused by opioids. Thirteen of the patients reported current or past substance abuse, and 12 said they used opioids. The post Some Cases of Sudden-Onset Amnesia May be Linked With Opioid Use appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Weakening the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority over tobacco could have an adverse impact on tobacco use, according to advocacy groups. The post Weakening FDA’s Authority Over Tobacco Could Impact Use, Advocates Say appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Seattle has approved the nation’s first two safe-injection sites for people using heroin and other illegal drugs, The Washington Post reports. City officials said the sites are a drastic but necessary response to the opioid epidemic. The post Seattle Approves Nation’s First Safe-Injection Sites for People Using Heroin appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
While there have been substantial gains on the issue of parity – making addiction and mental health coverage equal to physical health coverage – much work still needs to be done, especially for children, according to Ron Manderscheid,...Show More Summary
A new study finds premature death rates in the United States have risen among whites and American Indians/Alaskan Natives. A significant jump in drug overdoses is the primary reason for the increase, HealthDay reports. The post Rise in Drug Overdoses Contributes to Increase in Premature Deaths Among Whites appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
The discovery of a gene variant associated with opioid addiction in African Americans may lead to personalized methadone treatment, according to HealthDay. The post Researchers Discover Gene Variant Linked With Opioid Addiction in African Americans appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A growing number of hospitals across the country are rewriting protocols and retraining staff in an effort to minimize opioid prescriptions, PBS NewsHour reports. The post Hospitals Retraining Staff to Minimize Opioid Prescriptions appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
More people with substance use disorders and mental illness had insurance coverage in 2014 because of the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a new study finds. Many barriers to treatment remain, according to...Show More Summary
Twenty-eight percent of American adults, and 9 percent of teens, use tobacco products, according to a new survey. Researchers found 40 percent of people who use tobacco say they use more than one product. Cigarettes and e-cigarettesShow More Summary
A new review of studies from around the world finds young people who have greater exposure to alcohol marketing appear to be more likely subsequently to initiate alcohol use and engage in binge and hazardous drinking. The post Link Between Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking Grows Stronger appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Addiction treatment advocates are trying to convince Republican legislators in states greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic to protect insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The post Advocates Aim to Protect Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.