Self-injury mortality, albeit by suicide or lethal intoxication, spans a continuum that represents two sides of the same coin.
A new study says that the overdose-reversing drug increases opioid use, and doesn't reduce opioid-related mortality, overall, because it provides users with a “safety net” and thus encourages riskier drug use. But a public health researcher argues that it's a vital tool in fighting the overdose epidemic and too often it's hard to get when it's needed the most.
They sure sound alike, but they're different and used for different reasons. And not only do the names look alike the chemical structures are also strikingly similar.
The health insurance company is attempting to support of the federal government in its effort to curb the rampant over-prescribing of opioid drugs. However, large, sweeping changes to physician prescribing is a one-size-fits-all approach to a crisis that desperately needs anything but.
A silly article makes it appear as though Walgreens pharmacies are contributing to the heroin addiction problem. But all the company is doing is making the life-saving antidote -- naloxone -- available in its stores.
Easier access to naloxone, a lifesaving heroin antidote, is in the works. New York s AG Schneiderman uses his bully pulpit for good in this instance, amidst the rising toll of opioid deaths.
In the public gets the shaft again department, there is yet another example of a failure of generic drugs to control healthcare costs one that would make companies like Pfizer, Merck, and the others green with envy. And, of course, it s all about green, and we don t mean recycled shopping bags.
Since the 1960s there has been a highly effective and safe drug to reverse the effects of narcotics (mostly heroin) overdoses. Naloxone (Narcan) is found in every emergency room and if it is administered in time it is almost miraculous. A person who has had a overdose even those who are near death (narcotics will stop you from breathing if you take too much) will wake up instantly.
The recent tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman is far from the only such story, although his was the only OD death making big news of late. In fact, the sad truth is that the number of fatal overdoses from
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. It s the first federal resource promoting safety and prevention information for persons at risk for overdose. Its
Opiate drugs are widely used, and very effective, for pain relief. They are also the drugs of choice for many addicts.