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Alcohol, medicines and aging

Alcohol, medicines and aging

From the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus You’ve probably seen warnings on medicines about mixing them with alcohol. Doing so can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. You can be at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Alcohol can make a medication less effective or even useless, […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

Series of Heroin Forums Kicking Off in September Events Focused on Empowering Community with Information Following increased attention on Snohomish County’s heroin and opioid issues, a series of community forums have been scheduled to provide information and encourage dialogue. Residents and businesses are invited to attend one of four forums scheduled throughout the county: Thursday, […]

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids sold as counterfeits in deadly new trend

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids sold as counterfeits in deadly new trend

By Samuel Banister Research Fellow, Stanford University Axel Adams Medical Student and Masters Candidate in Public Health, University of California, San Francisco Roy Gerona Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco From TheConversation.com In March and April, 56 people in the Sacramento area were hospitalized after taking Norco brand hydrocodone pills. Fifteen died. But, as we […]

August 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
At fabled addiction treatment center, a new approach

At fabled addiction treatment center, a new approach

By Christine Vestal Stateline ST. PAUL, Minnesota — For decades, the fabled Hazelden Foundation here has relied on group therapy, individual counseling and other nonmedical approaches to help tens of thousands of people recover from drug and alcohol addiction. But several years ago, Hazelden realized that too many of its opioid-addicted patients were dying of […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

Doctors need a new skill set for this opioid abuse treatment

By Karen Shakerdge Side Effects Public Media & Kaiser Health News In a big hotel conference room near New York’s Times Square, six doctors huddle around a greasy piece of raw pork. They watch as addiction medicine specialist Michael Frost delicately marks the meat, incises it and implants four match-sized rods. “If you can do it well […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Opioid epidemic leads to ‘tsunami’ of medical services, study

Opioid epidemic leads to ‘tsunami’ of medical services, study

By July Appleby Kaiser Health News In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014. The study considers a huge cohort of people who have either job-based insurance or […]

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Opioid epidemic making it harder for older addicts to get services

Opioid epidemic making it harder for older addicts to get services

By Christine Vestal Stateline PORTLAND, Maine — When Clifton Hilton decided to quit drinking this month, he called a residential drug and alcohol detoxification center in this coastal Maine city on a Friday afternoon and was told a bed was available for him. But by the time he arrived on a bus from Bangor the next […]

July 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Montana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids

Montana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids

By Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health care officials report that abuse there is worse than the national average. But the casualties of the opioid epidemic are not all drug abusers. On a recent night, three Montana residents, […]

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

By Christine Vestal Stateline For governors and lawmakers in nearly every state, the soaring overdose death toll from prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl has become an urgent priority. Lawmakers in dozens of states took decisive action this year to stanch the flow of prescription pain drugs and help those addicted to them. Roughly 2.5 millionAmericans are […]

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

Acetylfentanyl-laced cocaine may have killed two in King County Update 6/23/16: The King County Medical Examiner has completed its investigation into the cause and manner of death. Ms. Sara J. Valenzuela (case number 16-01091) died from an acute combination of acetyl fentanyl, cocaine, opiate (likely heroin), alprazolam, and diazepam. Maria D. Paschell (case number 16-01092) died […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More