Texas college students, fearing opioid deaths, teach each other to reverse overdoses

2018-03-13T12:31:37+00:00

By Lindsay Ellis A new network of college students is hoping to ward off a terrifying prospect: Discovering a friend, blue lipped with shallow breathing, dying from an opioid overdose. Students at the University of Texas at Austin began learning to use naloxone, the medication often known by the brand name Narcan that rapidly reverses an [...]

Texas college students, fearing opioid deaths, teach each other to reverse overdoses 2018-03-13T12:31:37+00:00

Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death

2018-03-13T12:25:21+00:00

By TERI SFORZA People looking to quit alcohol or other drugs typically find treatment the same way they might search for take-out food or a mechanic – by typing search words into Google. Once there, addicts and their families can get trapped in a tangle of lies. The deception has taken many forms: — Competitors hijack [...]

Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death 2018-03-13T12:25:21+00:00

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

2018-03-13T11:59:52+00:00

By Rob Stein There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic. In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and the third [...]

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened 2018-03-13T11:59:52+00:00

The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities

2018-03-13T11:35:49+00:00

By Marisa Penaloza The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it's quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country. "It's a frightening time," says Dr. Edwin Chapman, who specializes in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., "because the urban African-American community is dying now at a [...]

The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities 2018-03-13T11:35:49+00:00

How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows.

2018-02-21T14:01:34+00:00

LINDSEY TANNER Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let [...]

How best to treat opioids’ youngest sufferers? No one knows. 2018-02-21T14:01:34+00:00

Why the opioid epidemic may have fueled America’s murder spike

2018-02-20T13:07:16+00:00

By German Lopez Over the past few years, America saw its murder rate rise — in 2015, 2016, and, according to the most recent data, the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, an opioid epidemic has led to the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — with nearly 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 (at least two-thirds of which [...]

Why the opioid epidemic may have fueled America’s murder spike 2018-02-20T13:07:16+00:00

Economic cost of the opioid crisis: $1 trillion and growing faster

2018-02-20T12:23:28+00:00

By Dan Mangan The economic cost of the growing opioid epidemic topped an estimated $1 trillion from 2001 through 2017, according to an analysis released Tuesday. And the opioid crisis is projected to cost the United States an extra $500 billion through 2020 unless sustained action is taken to stem the tide, the report from [...]

Economic cost of the opioid crisis: $1 trillion and growing faster 2018-02-20T12:23:28+00:00

Failing health of the United States

2018-02-12T14:03:37+00:00

By Steven H Woolf, director Laudan Aron, senior fellow The role of challenging life conditions and the policies behind them Life expectancy in the US has fallen for the second year in a row.1 This is alarming because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including the US. The decline in US [...]

Failing health of the United States 2018-02-12T14:03:37+00:00

Opioid epidemic top priority for surgeon general

2018-02-01T09:40:08+00:00

BY Alvin Powell The opioid epidemic is U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ top priority and his position’s bully pulpit is his most potent weapon to effect change. Because of that, Adams has publicly shared his own family’s struggle with addiction, which includes a brother who has been jailed as he fights substance abuse. Adams described the [...]

Opioid epidemic top priority for surgeon general 2018-02-01T09:40:08+00:00

Risk of opioid misuse jumps 44% with each refill, study finds

2018-01-25T09:36:20+00:00

By Brian Zimmerman While most clinical efforts to mitigate the risk of opioid misuse have focused on limiting dosage levels, reducing the length of an opioid prescription actually has greater influence over the risk of misuse, according to a study published in BMJ. For the study, researchers examined the health records of more than 568,612 privately [...]

Risk of opioid misuse jumps 44% with each refill, study finds 2018-01-25T09:36:20+00:00