10 percent revived by Narcan in Mass. died within year, study says

November 1, 2017 0

From the Boston Globe, October 30, 2017– One in 10 Massachusetts residents who were revived from an overdose by a fast-acting antidote went on to die within a year, according to research providing stark evidence that merely reversing overdoses will not end the opioid crisis. The study, presented Monday at a medical conference, tracked what happened to thousands of people who received the overdose rescue drug naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan. Nearly […]

Amount of Opioids Prescribed Declined from 2010-2015, But Remains High

July 13, 2017 0

There was an overall decline in the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States between 2010 and 2015, but the quantity of prescriptions is still extremely high, according to a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the amount of opioids prescribed was three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, The New York Times reports. The amount of opioids prescribed varies county by county, the CDC found. […]

Data On Drug Use Is Disappearing Just When We Need It Most

July 3, 2017 0

This is from the website fivethirtyeight.com, the complete article is here. It’s no secret that heroin has become an epidemic in the United States. Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than sixfold in less than a decade and a half. Yet according to one of the most widely cited sources of data on drug use, the number of Americans using heroin has risen far more slowly, roughly doubling during the same time period. Most major […]

Drugs Kill More People Than Cars or Guns

May 16, 2017 0

Each year, more than 40,000 Americans die from drug overdoses. That’s on par with the annual death toll from HIV/AIDS at the peak of the US epidemic, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and far more than are killed each year from car accidents or gun violence. More than half of those overdose deaths involved opioids, a class of drugs including heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, and fentanyl. So dire is the epidemic of opioid addiction that it […]

Study Analyzes Pediatric Opioid Exposures

March 27, 2017 0

Using data from the National Poison Data System, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics examined the more than 188,000 reported exposures to prescription opioids among children and adolescents younger than 20 years old between 2000 and 2015. The study found that healthcare facility (HCF) admission occurred in 8.7 percent and 21.5 percent of exposures among children aged 0-5 years and teenagers, respectively, while serious outcomes were more frequent among teenagers. Highlights from the report included: […]

Stevenson High School to host Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night

February 20, 2017 0

Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night: March 2nd, 7:00 PM at Stevenson High School, Recital Hall. The Catalyst Group at Stevenson has organized this informational evening for parents interested in learning more about what’s happening in our community in terms of prescription drug misuse and the risks associated with these trends for our teens. This event was organized as a result of Catalyst’s relationship with the Bardos family who lost their son, Sean, to a prescription […]

Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid

December 19, 2016 0

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—the drug that killed Prince—rose by nearly 75 percent in 2015. On the same day, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former employees, including a former CEO and two former vice presidents, of the Phoenix-based and NASDAQ-traded fentanyl producer Insys Therapeutics. The individuals are charged with bribing doctors and otherwise conspiring to […]

From the Guardian: Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse?

December 12, 2016 0

Natasha Butler had never heard of fentanyl until a doctor told her that a single pill had pushed her eldest son to the brink of death – and he wasn’t coming back. “The doctor said fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. I know morphine is really, really powerful. I’m trying to understand. All that in one pill? How did Jerome get that pill?” she asked, her […]

Children Hospitalized for Opioid Poisoning More than Doubles in 16 Years, Study Finds

November 30, 2016 0

As the opioid epidemic has continued to expand across the U.S., multitudes of children have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisonings, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Hospitalizations for prescription opioid-related poisonings increased a dramatic 165 percent, for children between the ages of 1 to 19, between 1997 and 2012, the researchers found. The “opioid crisis is effecting us all,” Julie Gaither, lead study author and Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at the Department […]

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