RSSCategory: Substance Abuse

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
New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

Whether it’s eating better, dropping a few pounds, sleeping more or kicking nicotine to the curb once and for all, public health scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are here with science-based tips for avoiding dead ends and wrong turns as you head down the 2018 resolution road.

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
A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Recently, HIV prevention efforts have focused on men who have sex with men (MSM). But new research led by Sara Glick, a Public Health – Seattle & King County epidemiologist, has found a growing risk of infection among expand among people who inject drugs such as methamphetamine.

January 8, 2018 | 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
Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

Stopping opioid addiction at one key source: The Hospital

It’s a simple enough idea: Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery — the time when many people are first introduced to what can be highly addictive painkillers. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But the number of women who use drugs is probably massively underestimated.

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

I recently hobbled to the drugstore to pick up painkillers after minor outpatient knee surgery, only to discover that my doctor had prescribed me 90 Percocets. Talk about using a shotgun to kill a mosquito.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More