Tag Archives: Opioid

Opioid Crisis Study Finds Number Of Fatal Overdoses Actually Higher Than Officially Reported

The nation’s current opioid crisis may be worse than previously thought. According to a researcher at the University of Virginia, the number of overdose deaths from opioids is likely much higher than what is being reported. After reviewing thousands of death certificates issued between 2008 and 2014, Dr. Christopher Ruhm discovered deaths from opioids are 24 percent higher than current ...

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Opioid Overdose Crisis: Ohio Sheriff Bans Narcan From Officers, Can Legal Marijuana Solve State’s Epidemic?

As the opioid overdose crisis overwhelms emergency responders and law enforcement nationwide, one Ohio lawman is taking an unusual approach to the fight. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones will not allow his deputies to carry Narcan, a drug which could save the lives of opioid addicts. Citing safety reasons, Sheriff Jones says first responders are more equipped to handle ...

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Opioid Overdose Crisis: Ohio Sheriff Bans Narcan From Officers, Can Legal Marijuana Solve State’s Epidemic?

As the opioid overdose crisis overwhelms emergency responders and law enforcement nationwide, one Ohio lawman is taking an unusual approach to the fight. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones will not allow his deputies to carry Narcan, a drug which could save the lives of opioid addicts. Citing safety reasons, Sheriff Jones says first responders are more equipped to handle ...

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Marijuana-Based Painkillers Could Be The Answer To Nation’s Opioid Addiction

With the opioid overdose epidemic gripping the nation, more and more drug companies are aggressively trying to develop alternative treatments for pain. One particular possibility has both drugmakers and patients excited – marijuana-based painkillers. In the U.S., health experts estimate over 100 million people are addicted to some form of prescription painkiller or illegal opioid like heroin. Data provided by ...

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Sherri Kent: Calgary Mom Shares Photo Of Son Dying Of Fentanyl Overdose To Warn Others About Opioid Abuse

Calgary woman Sherri Kent is still grieving after losing her son Michael to what may have been a Fentanyl overdose. But with a photo of her lying next to her dying son on a hospital bed having recently gone viral, she hopes the photo and its accompanying message will raise awareness of the dangers of opioid abuse. According to a ...

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Rare Amnesia Cases In Massachusetts Likely Linked To Opioid Abuse

A collection of rare amnesia cases in Massachusetts has doctors scratching their heads. In the last four years, 14 patients have been diagnosed with an unusual amnestic condition known as “striking anterograde amnesia” and health officials are still trying to determine a cause. This particular type of rare amnesia prevents sufferers from creating new memories, and they often cannot remember ...

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Opioid Overdoses Kill More People Than Guns, CDC Reports A 72 Percent Increase In Deaths

Nationwide, the number of overdose deaths from synthetic opioids surged 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. According to new data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 states reported significant jumps in overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. “Too many Americans are feeling the devastation of the opioid crisis either from misuse of prescription ...

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Opioid Epidemic Deaths Reaching Concerning Levels, Devastating Communities Across The Country

A rise in opioid abuse since 2014 has coerced the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to label opioid use as an epidemic as it devastates communities across the country. Dr. Tom Frieden, of the CDC, shared his concern about the increase in opioid related deaths, alongside the use of heroin. His concern is mirrored in the communities where unnecessary ...

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Marijuana: Addiction Treatment for Opioid Dependency

Marijuana as an addiction treatment for opioid dependency is gaining popularity among professionals in the field of medicine. As legalities slowly become more accommodating, physicians approach a new world of addiction care with the versatility of cannabis. Physicians in the New England region of the U.S. have been prescribing medical marijuana to treat opioid addiction for several years. Dr. Harold ...

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New DNA Test Can Identify People Predisposed To Opioid Addiction

A biotech company says it has a new DNA test that can identify patients who are genetically predisposed to opioid addiction. The company is Proove Bioscience in Irvine, California. They’ve developed a DNA test that accesses samples via cheek-swab, then compares the data from the results to a the patient’s answers on a questionnaire. The results, Proove says, will identify ...

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