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Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show. Washington state saw a 5.29% rise in deaths from 2015 to 2017.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

At least 39 states are insisting that health professionals use the systems, known as prescription drug-monitoring programs, or PDMPs, to analyze each patient’s prescription drug use before writing another prescription for highly addictive drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin.

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wrecked and Retching: Obscure vomiting illness linked to long-term pot use

Wrecked and Retching: Obscure vomiting illness linked to long-term pot use

An obscure syndrome called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades.

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) , leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. Why? The virus has a high mutation rate, which makes it possible for the virus to quickly develop resistance to antiretroviral therapies.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Flu can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

The LEAD program was launched in Seattle six years ago. Health advocates argued that the only way to break the cycle of repeated petty crimes and arrests was to provide housing and mental health and addiction services to people who needed it most. At that time, it was the police department that was reluctant to sign up.

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

Researchers estimate that 25% of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46% for those between 70 and 79. Doctors say it is not uncommon to encounter patients taking more than 20 drugs to treat acid reflux, heart disease, depression or insomnia or other disorders.

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to save money on your prescription drugs

How to save money on your prescription drugs

If you’re willing to do a little extra work, it is possible to lower your prescription bills. A reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for ProPublica both found instances this year in which drugs prescribed for family members could be purchased for less money without using their insurance coverage.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More