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1 in 5 deaths among US young adults due to opioids, says report

June 11, 2018 Addiction

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1 in 5 deaths among US young adults due to opioids, says report The number of premature deaths involving opioids and related causes among young adults of the United States skyrocketed during 2001-2016, according to a recent analysis. One in 65 deaths in 2016 were due to opioids, whereas, for young adults, it was one in five, said the report, published in the JAMA Network Open in June 2018. The researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto also revealed that in 2001, opioids were responsible for just 4 percent of deaths among young Americans that reached 20 percent in 2016. Borrowing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER database,…

Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate

Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate Depression has claimed one more beautiful life and this time, it’s famous American fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Spade’s. In what is being seen as an apparent suicide, the 55-year old fashion mogul was found hanging with a scarf around her neck in  her Manhattan apartment. Her body was found by the police after being discovered by her housekeeper. According to the NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, police  found a suicide note at the scene of the incident. The celebrated fashion kingpin’s death has once again renewed conversations about mental illness and is a gory reminder of the fact…

Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing

June 4, 2018 opioid

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Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing Minnesota recently joined the states that have sued pharmaceutical companies for their fraudulent marketing practices adopted to promote the sale of opioid painkillers in the market. The state filed its first ever lawsuit against a pharma company in the wake of the opioid epidemic devastating the entire United States. Lori Swanson, the state’s attorney general, along with the state’s Board of Pharmacy sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics for illicit marketing and promotion of Subsys – a fentanyl spray – accusing it of selling the strong painkiller saying it was safe to use. The company has also been accused of violating the…

Tightening alcohol laws can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities, says study

May 31, 2018 alcohol

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Tightening alcohol laws can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities, says study With 29 people succumbing to alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes every day in the United States, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the need of hour is stricter regulations. In this context, a recent study has suggested that strengthening state alcohol policies by a mere 10 percent can effectively pull down alcohol-related crash fatalities by 10 percent. According to the study conducted by Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol policy expert at Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, since the alcohol-related policies in the U.S. vary from state to state, it is important that all…

Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report

May 22, 2018 opioid

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Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recently announced her decision to sue some of the biggest opioid manufacturers for the devastation they unleashed over the years in the state. Bondi alleged that drug makers and distributors used fraudulent means to downplay the addictive nature of opioids, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Floridians. Now, media reports suggest that these companies paid over $1 million to state lawmakers over the past two decades. According to an analysis by the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, nearly 89 percent of the amount went to either Republican candidates or Republican committees. The…

People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon

May 22, 2018 opioid

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People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon “Less than a quarter people feel it’s an emergency in their community,” said U.S. General Surgeon Dr Jerome Adams while talking about the opioid epidemic during a panel discussion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Adams said that opioid abuse occurs at the national level, but only a few Americans consider it as an emergency at the local level. Therefore, in order to save more lives, he advised everyone to carry opioid-reversal drug naloxone all the time so that it could be used as and when required in the community. Supporting his idea, Gov. Phil Bryant, also…

David Itzkoff’s ‘Robin’ reveals Robin Williams’s tryst with alcohol and drugs

May 18, 2018 alcohol

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David Itzkoff’s ‘Robin’ reveals Robin Williams’s tryst with alcohol and drugs David L. Itzkoff, an American journalist and writer, recently released his biography on Robin Williams, the late legendary actor and comedian. The book titled “Robin” doesn’t just take the readers through the fame and glory earned by the actor who was full of life but also aptly touches the dark side of his life, his battle against alcohol and drug addiction and the ways in which his talent disguised his conflicting emotions and self-doubt. Itzkoff’s book is based on the findings drawn from more than a hundred original interviews conducted with family, friends and colleagues, and an extensive archival research.…

Study suggests reducing serving size to cut back on alcohol

May 17, 2018 alcohol

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Study suggests reducing serving size to cut back on alcohol It is a known fact that alcohol consumption has several ill effects on health. However, many people find it difficult to reduce the amount of drinks despite their willingness to do so. Now, a recent study has suggested a novel way to cut down on alcohol without even realizing it. According to the study published recently in the journal Addiction, reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages makes it easier for people to consume less booze and may have a considerable effect on public health. For the study, researchers from two British universities observed the drinking habit of respondents,…

FDA fails to rein in drug makers who exploited patient-protection program, says report

May 16, 2018 opioid

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FDA fails to rein in drug makers who exploited patient-protection program A recent national investigation by Raycom Media has indicated that federal agency the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed some drug makers and doctors to exploit the patient-protection program. The FDA did not give heed to the fact that that McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors helped fuel the opioid epidemic by pressuring pharmacies and doctors to prescribe their medications to the patients. As if this was not enough, the FDA even went to the extent of assigning McKesson with the responsible job of overseeing fentanyl prescription behavior. Supply of fentanyl formulations has increased in recent years and is responsible…

Oncologists continue prescribing marijuana even without sufficient knowledge, says study

Oncologists continue prescribing marijuana even without sufficient knowledge, says study Recommending the use of medical marijuana for patients fighting cancer has become a common practice among doctors even while enough evidence to support its use is not available. The fact was corroborated by a recent survey which concluded that nearly half the number of oncologists who prescribe medical marijuana to cancer patients did not feel sufficiently informed about its medicinal use. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 American states and the District of Columbia. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in May 2018, was the first-of-its kind nationally represented survey conducted on a population-based sample of…
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