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Recognize an overdose, save a life

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives says the ASA.

Channels: Addiction, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Emergency Medicine, Pain, Patient Safety, Substance Abuse, Surgery,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 10:25 AM EST
Newswise: UCI researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction

UCI researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction

University of California, Irvine

Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new UCI-led study reveals why. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study titled, “On the early life origins of vulnerability to opioid addiction,” examines how early adversities interact with factors such as increased access to opioids to directly influence brain development and function, causing a higher potential for opioid addiction.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Genetics, Mental Health, Psychology and Psychiatry, Substance Abuse, Neuro, Staff Picks,

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24-Jan-2020 2:25 PM EST
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Newswise: Making the Homeless Count

Making the Homeless Count

Augustana University, South Dakota

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, volunteers will conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count, known as “We All Count” of the homeless in Sioux Falls. The Augustana Research Institute will be at the center of it.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Budgets and Funding, Mental Health, Substance Abuse,

Released:
24-Jan-2020 1:30 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Opioid Dependence Found to Permanently Change Brains of Rats

University of California San Diego Health

Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. In a new study, UC San Diego researchers found that opioid dependence produced permanent changes in the brains of rats.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Mental Health, Neuro, Pain, Psychology and Psychiatry, Substance Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), PNAS, Staff Picks,

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24-Jan-2020 1:05 PM EST
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Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to Have a Greater Role in National Response to Opioid Epidemic

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

As we enter a new year and a new decade, many states have enacted legislation affecting the roles of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in terms of practice authority, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority, according to the 32nd Annual Legislative Update in the January issue of The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

Channels: Addiction, All Journal News, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Government/Law, Healthcare, Nursing, Pain, Patient Safety, Substance Abuse,

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24-Jan-2020 12:45 PM EST
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Law and Public Policy

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Program reduces narcotic prescriptions after surgery with over-the-counter pain medicine

Houston Methodist

Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients’ pain after surgery. By using long-acting local anesthetics at the site of surgery and scheduled non-narcotic pain medicine, they decreased opioid prescriptions from 87% to 10% after surgery.

Channels: Addiction, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Substance Abuse, All Journal News,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST
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Newswise: Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain

Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A series of seven articles in AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on the challenges of safe, effective pain management in the ICU, including more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder.

Channels: All Journal News, Addiction, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Healthcare, Pain, Substance Abuse,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST
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