Tag Archives: Overdose

Commentary: Defining The Epidemic of Prescription Painkiller Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the country’s sharp rise in overdoses over the last decade from prescription painkillers, or opioids, as an epidemic. But it can be easy to lose sight of what “epidemic” truly means. …

Study Finds Elevated Death Rates Shortly After Hospitalization for Substance Abuse

A new study finds elevated rates of suicides and overdose deaths in the month after people have been released from the hospital for substance abuse treatment. Researchers found death rates were substantially higher for those who had been out of the hospital for less than one month, compared with those who had been out for at least one year. …

Commentary: Take-Home Naloxone Has Vital Role in Addiction Treatment

Naloxone, the drug carried by ambulances to reverse overdoses, is also available in some states to be administered by trained members of the general public who might be present when an overdose occurs. Many lives have been saved by bystanders, and increasingly, notice is being taken of community-based naloxone distribution, says Dr. Sharon Stancliff of the Harm Reduction Coalition. …

Advocates Call for State Laws to Encourage People to Seek Help for Overdose Victims

Advocates around the nation are pushing for state laws that give people limited immunity on drug possession charges if they seek medical help for someone suffering from an overdose, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. …

CA Doctor Ordered to Stand Trial for Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

A physician accused of prescribing drugs to three young men who died of overdoses was ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder, the Associated Press reports. …

Opioid-Overdose Antidote Being More Widely Distributed to Those Who Use Drugs

The opioid-overdose antidote naloxone is being more widely distributed to people who use drugs, according to the Associated Press. While many public health officials say it saves lives, critics argue that making the antidote easily available could make people less likely to seek treatment. …

Cocaine Overdose Treatment Shows Promise in Animal Study

A potential cocaine overdose treatment has shown promise in a study of mice, according to the Los Angeles Times. The researchers said the findings could lead to human clinical trials. …

Philadelphia Program Uses Naloxone to Save Opioid Overdose Victims

A program in Philadelphia that supplies the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to people addicted to drugs, their spouses and other laypeople, and trains them in how to use it, is saving lives, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. …

Campaign Aims to Reduce Accidental Poisonings of Children from Medications

A new campaign, “Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids,” aims to reduce accidental poisonings of children from medications. …

Prescription Drug Abuse Results in One Death Every 19 Minutes in U.S.

One person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …