Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
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Most people who need anti-overdose drug don’t get it

Naloxone can saves the lives of people who take high-dose opioids, but less than 2% of those who need it actually get it.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine heroin opioids overdose painkillers

When auto assembly plants close, opioid deaths rise

The closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, research finds.

Katie Delach-Penn | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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More teens are overdosing on benzos for anxiety

There's been a big rise in the number of teens taking and overdosing on benzodiazepines, common anti-anxiety medications.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Map shows opioid crisis isn’t a single epidemic

The US is not facing a single opioid overdose epidemic. It's facing several different epidemics, researchers say.

Fred Love-Iowa State | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
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Overdose death more likely after coming off opioids for pain

New findings on coming off opioids suggest "the policy recommendations intended to make opioid prescribing safer are not working as intended."

Bobbi Nodell-Washington | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Wearable prototype would detect overdose and deliver naloxone

Researchers are developing a wearable device, something like an insulin pump, to detect and treat opioid overdoses with naloxone.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Opioid overdoses spike after cold snaps

After cold weather, deadly opioid overdoses go up, researchers report. There may be both biological and psychological reasons why.

Mollie Rappe-Brown | June 20, 2019 | futurity
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Most opioid users willing to use ‘safe consumption spaces’

Safe consumption spaces, also called safe injection facilities and overdose prevention sites, attempt to reduce the harms of opioid use disorders.

Mollie Rappe-Brown | June 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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More people are overdosing on this diarrhea med

An over-the-counter diarrhea medication is the latest threat in the opioid epidemic, report researchers.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Feb. 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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