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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 […]

Hospices Struggle to Stop Opioid Theft When Patients Die at Home

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by Kaiser Health News Nothing seemed to help the patient — and hospice staff didn’t know why. They sent home more painkillers for weeks. But the elderly woman, who had severe dementia and incurable breast cancer, kept calling out in pain. The answer came when the woman’s daughter, who was taking care of her at home, […]

The Pains of Prescribing Opioids

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By Suneel Kamath, MD August 21, 2017 Most doctors would say they went into medicine to help people by making them feel better or live longer. Sometimes helping people means refusing to do what they want. One of the many challenges of opioid addiction is the need to deny patients the painkillers they so desperately crave in […]