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Illinois May Soon Put Overdose Antidote in Hands of School Nurses

Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill that would let school nurses give students overdosing on opioid prescriptions or heroin the drug that could save their lives. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is known as the overdose antidote because it can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent fatalities. This drug is most often …

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Abuse-Deterrent Labeling for Opioid Drug Embeda Gets FDA Nod

The FDA has announced that the opioid drug Embeda will now have an acknowledgement of its abuse-deterrent properties on its label. According to the new label, Embeda has properties expected to reduce abuse of the drug when it’s crushed, but the protection against abuse is far from perfect. Finding out more about the drug, the …

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Which Drug Use Cues Play a Role in Prescription Opioid Dependence?

Researchers and addiction specialists are well aware that people affected by physical dependence and drug addiction commonly have a susceptibility to certain social and environmental cues that make ongoing substance use and relapses during substance treatment more likely. However, fairly little is known about the specific drug cues that motivate people physically dependent on prescription …

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Intranasal Naloxone on Fast Track for Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily stops heroin and other opioid substances from reaching the brain. When used promptly, it can help stop a person from dying from an opioid overdose. In recent years, public health officials and researchers have sought to increase the availability of naloxone and make the drug easier to administer in …

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Missouri Holds Out on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an official database of information on prescribers and recipients of controlled substances. The idea is that when doctors and pharmacists can see exactly who is obtaining prescription drugs, the public’s ability to abuse those drugs will be minimized. The database is also open to law enforcement. A recent …

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Naloxone Nasal Device New Way to Treat Heroin Overdose

The Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked a nasal spray application of naloxone, a highly effective medicine that helps save the lives of addicts in the midst of a heroin overdose. Faced with an alarming rise in the abuse of opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers, the FDA moved to accelerate the approval process of …

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Ex-Players Say NFL Handed Out Painkillers ‘Like Candy’

The National Football League has been sued by more than 600 retired players, who have charged that they were wrongfully doped with addictive painkillers to keep them on the field at the expense of their health. This marks the second time in a week that makers of opiate drugs have been pulled into lawsuits. On …

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Methadone and Benzodiazepines Deadly Combination

People affected by opioid addiction sometimes receive one of two opioid-based medications, called methadone and buprenorphine, as part of their treatment. Current evidence indicates that significant numbers of people who abuse these medications also get involved in the abuse of common prescription substances called benzodiazepines. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal …

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‘Every “Never” I Ever Said Came True’: Transitions From Opioid Pills to Heroin Injecting

Intravenous heroin users rely on a needle and syringe to inject the powerful opioid narcotic heroin directly into the bloodstream. In addition to the risks for drug addiction common to all people who take the drug, IV users have increased risks for serious or fatal bloodborne infections such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. In a …

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Doctors Top Source of Abused Opioids, CDC Says

A new federal study has found that U.S. doctors are the leading source of prescription painkillers for hardcore addicts — those at highest risk for overdose. Amid epidemic abuse of prescription painkillers, which leads to more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings upend notions about where the …

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