Nationwide, there has been a 31% increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic compared with the year before, fueled largely by the presence of the potent opioid fentanyl in heroin, methamphetamines and other illicit drugs.
Health officials urge people to carry naloxone and know overdose signs
Opioid users may need multiple care episodes with buprenorphine before their recovery trajectory is established.
Doctors say requirement to take an 8-hour course and submit to Drug Enforcement Administration oversight has stymied the drug’s availability.
These last two weeks mark a sharp increase—double the average number of weekly fatal overdoses throughout much of 2020.
“Telehealth sessions have been a lifeline for those walking the long road to recovery during a stressful, isolating time.”
Emotional pain and chronic pain are related, and painkillers, ultimately, make things worse
A meta-analysis of the studies found cannabis use didn’t reduce illicit opioid use during treatment nor did it retain people in treatment.
A non-profit wants to open a safe injection site in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, known for high-quality, cheap heroin and daily overdose deaths.
Alcohol ramps up the effects of drugs that act on the brain and nervous system, and vice versa, which increases the risk of overdose.
Patient “brokers” can make initial commissions of as much as $2,000 for each patient they recruit for for-profit opioid treatment programs.
Fentanyl has been found in illicit M30, V48 and A215 pills and various powder products.
Native Americans, make up less than 2% of the population, have higher rates of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioids than any other racial/ethnic group
Anyone who wants to get opioid overdose drug naloxone can now obtain the drug at any pharmacy in the state without a prescription.
It’s the first ruling to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.