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Counterfeit opioid pills are tricking users — sometimes with lethal results

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By Katie Zezima More than two dozen patients were rushed into an emergency room in Macon, Ga., over two days with the same array of life-threatening symptoms, including organ failure and sepsis, flummoxing doctors. But after their breathing tubes were removed, the patients revealed a common thread: All had taken what they believed were Percocet pills […]

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

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By Christine Vestal In the summer of 2016, drug overdose deaths in Baltimore were exploding and health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen told federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials the city needed real-time data to better manage its public health response. Four months later, the DEA’s Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) team had developed a smart […]

Drug OD Rate Now Higher in Rural U.S. Than Cities: CDC

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By Robert Preidt Friday, October 20, 2017 FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Drug overdose death rates in rural areas of the United States are now higher than in cities, a trend that worries federal health officials. In 2015, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States — with […]

Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades

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MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many college students who abuse ADHD drugs mistakenly believe that doing so will lead to better grades, a new survey suggests. Past research has found that college students commonly misuse stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall as “study aids.” That’s despite the fact that there is no […]

Opioid Use May Explain 20% of Drop in American Men’s Labor-Force Participation

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By Agnel Philip Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger. “The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now intertwined in many parts of the U.S.,” Krueger, who was chief economist at […]

Study: Opioid Users Don’t See Overdose as Wakeup Call

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By Matt Wynn, Staff Writer, MedPage Today August 23, 2017 Turns out, even a close call with an overdose isn’t enough to deter opioid users. As described in a JAMA research letter, Julie M. Donohue, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues looked at five years of claims data for Medicaid-covered patients in Pennsylvania. They examined records of opioid […]