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Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug
Macleans.ca— Michael Morton and his friend had a plan, and they’d done their homework. It started with the opportunity for high school co-op placements at local pharmacies, and a favourite rap song that rattled off a list of drugs to abuse. “OxyContin, Xanax bars, Percocets and Loritab,” Lil Wyte rhymed in Oxy Cotton. “Valiums, morphine, patches, ecstasy. And it’s all up for grab.” Within weeks of starting their jobs, the two teens from Barrie, Ont., had pilfered enough prescription narcotics to start their own drugstore. And via the Internet, they researched how to best misuse them, right down to the dosages and the proper order in which to take them in order to build up tolerance. More...
PsychCentral.com – A
new survey has found that many primary care
physicians — the top prescribers of
prescription pain pills — lack a general
understanding of how people abuse opioids or
how addictive different formulations of the
drugs can be.|
“Physicians and patients may mistakenly view these medicines as safe in one form and dangerous in another, but these products are addictive no matter how you take them,” said study leader G. Caleb Alexander, M.D., M.S., an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology and co-director of the school’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. More...
Miami Valley officials are crediting the
life-saving heroin antidote naloxone with
the drop in overdoses.
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Can the Bacteria in Your Gut
Explain Your Mood?
New York Times —
Eighteen vials were rocking back and
forth on a squeaky mechanical device
the shape of a butcher scale, and
Mark Lyte was beside himself with
excitement. ‘‘We actually got some
fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’
Lyte said to a lab technician. Each
vial contained a tiny nugget of
monkey feces that were collected at
the Harlow primate lab near Madison,
Wis., the day before and shipped to
Lyte’s lab on the Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center
campus in Abilene, Tex.
- Counselors at substance
use disorder treatment programs say
violence against them is common, a
new study finds. More than half said
they personally experienced
violence, 44 percent witnessed
violence, and 61 percent had
knowledge of violence directed at a
The study is the first to measure the extent of workplace violence in treatment programs across the United States, according to News-Medical.net.
“We know that workplace violence disproportionately impacts health care and social service providers,” lead author Brian E. Bride of George State University said in a news release. “Our goal was to quantify its existence in substance abuse treatment centers, identify personal and institutional responses, and identify any characteristics that may put counselors at greater risk.” More...
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