Category: Opioid Epidemic

NBCNews.com: Overshadowed by opioids, meth is back with a vengeance

NBCNews.com: Overshadowed by opioids, meth is back with a vengeance. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/overshadowed-opioids-meth-back-vengeance-n940701

Amid an opioid epidemic, New Orleans struggles with shortage of detox beds | NOLA.com

For years, Mike Wattler molded his life around his alcohol addiction, often balancing a habit of drinking a half a gallon of vodka a day and working in construction or as a longshoreman– usually hiding a bottle in his backpack.

WBUR: Now Mandated To Offer Meds For Opioid Addiction In The ER, Mass. Hospitals Get ‘How-To’ Guidelines

A hospital emergency room is the common place a drug user connects with health care: after an overdose, to treat an infection or deal with an injury. But the vast majority of ERs don’t treat the underlying problem: drug addiction.

The Hill: Hospital-based physicians play a key role in ending the opioid epidemic | TheHill

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s recently released 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment estimates that opioids killed roughly 200 people a day in 2017. Despite efforts across the country to halt the national opioid epidemic, we continue to see deaths. Hospital-based physicians have a

Kentucky ER doctor says meth overdoses becoming growing problem as opiates level off

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The number of methamphetamine overdoses coming into the University of Kentucky’s emergency department is climbing dramatically, according to one emergency room doctor. “I think the brand we see seems to be more potent and the patients are

The New York Times: A Doctor’s Guide to What to Read on the Opioid Crisis

Medical knowledge is evolving at warp speed, spinning out reams of new information into sound bites, articles and more and more new health books to overload your sagging shelves. But if you’re tempted to toss out all the old stuff,

CBS News: Fentanyl overtakes heroin as the No. 1 opioid overdose killer

As the U.S. opioid epidemic grinds on, fentanyl is fast becoming the main culprit in drug overdose deaths, health officials report. Cocaine and heroin remain the street drugs of choice, but more overdose deaths involve fentanyl, either mixed with those narcotics or taken

Updated Pa. guidelines: All ERs should treat addicted patients with medication

In an effort to curb opioid addictions, Pennsylvania has announced updated guidelines for doctors prescribing opioid medications in the emergency room. The new advice reflects state law limiting opioid prescriptions for people discharged from the emergency room to no more

Yahoo Finance: ‘It didn’t happen overnight’: How the U.S. opioid crisis got so bad

After President Trump signed the nation’s newest opioid law into effect in October 2018, some people raised questions about whether the legislation would be effective and how opioid addiction became such a big problem in the first place. As far back as

TIME: China Has Promised to Crack Down on Fentanyl. Here’s What That Could Mean for Overdose Deaths in the U.S.

As part of a wide-ranging deal between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China has reportedly pledged to designate the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and similar drugs as controlled substances, subjecting those who sell them to harsher punishments and potentially

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