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  1. Kratom Products Can Kill You, FDA Says

    Kratom, a plant product used by some as a home remedy for opioid addiction and by others just for fun, can kill you and doesn’t belong on the market, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The FDA says it will seize shipments of kratom and issued a public health warning telling people not to use it. “The FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products,” the agency’s commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said in a statement. “There have been...
  2. Can Marijuana Help Addicts Kick Opioids?

    Late last month Donald Trump’s administration declared the rising death rate from opioid overdoses a national public health emergency. Thirty-three thousand lives were lost to this scourge in 2015, and early reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint an even bleaker picture for 2016. Policymakers working for the president are doubling down on a policy aimed at restricting opioids. But this policy isn’t working. In fact, it might even be contributing to abusers’ switch...
  3. Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend

    Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone....
  4. Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend

    Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most...
  5. Brain Imaging Reveals ADHD As A Collection of Different Disorders

    Researchers have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have impairments in unique brain systems, indicating that there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. Based on performance on behavioral tests, adolescents with ADHD fit into one of three subgroups, where each group demonstrated distinct impairments in the brain with no common abnormalities between them. The study, published in Biological...
  6. Drug store pain pills as effective as opioids in ER patients.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain. The results challenge common ER practice for treating short-term, severe pain and could prompt changes that would help prevent new patients from...
  7. New drug shows potential as different kind of antidepressant: Mouse study.

    A potential new antidepressant and antianxiety treatment with a unique mechanism of action has been developed by scientists at the University of Bath. The compound has shown significant potential after studies in mice. The research is published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Around one in six adults will experience depression in their lifetimes. New drugs to treat depression in particular are needed because many existing antidepressants don’t work in up to 50% of patients. This...
  8. CDC report finds overdose deaths rose 21 percent in 2016.

    A new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals deaths from drug overdoses in America rose 21 percent last year. That jump is more than the last four years combined. For every 100,000 people, almost 20 died from a drug overdose in 2016, compared to 16.3 the previous year, Bloomberg reported. The report shows deaths from liver disease, suicide, cancer and HIV have decreased. However, the overall death rate continued to increase. Farida Ahmad, the...
  9. Examination of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression

    Examination of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression By RxBandit Abstract “Evaluation of Ketamine For Use In Treatment Resistant Depression” prepared by: RxBandit A number of studies have indicated that ketamine can do what no other drug can, relieve suicidal depression within a matter of minutes. Unlike traditional anti-depressants that take weeks or months to be effective, ketamine works in a matter of minutes and provides relief unlike any medications that are on the market....
  10. Examination of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression

    Examination of Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression By RxBandit Abstract “Evaluation of Ketamine For Use In Treatment Resistant Depression” prepared by: RxBandit A number of studies have indicated that ketamine can do what no other drug can, relieve suicidal depression within a matter of minutes. Unlike traditional anti-depressants that take weeks or months to be effective, ketamine works in a matter of minutes and provides relief unlike any medications that are on the market....
  11. The FDA would like to remind you that pot doesn't "cure" cancer.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency in the US has warned companies advertising marijuana-based treatments for cancer that what they're offering hasn't been proven as either safe or effective. Much of the FDA's focus is on the cannabidiol (CBD) component of the marijuana plant, which hasn't been approved for any kind of treatment, but still shows up in various oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas, and creams. That's the part of cannabis that doesn't get you high or cause...
  12. Will psychedelic therapy transform mental health care?

    In the mid-1950s, LSD and other psychedelic drugs took the medical world by storm — and no wonder. Studies at the time suggested that the hallucinogens were effective against a variety of difficult-to-treat mental health problems, including alcoholism. The research stalled in the early 1970s, however, in large part because psychedelics had developed a reputation as dangerous recreational drugs and had been reclassified by the federal government as "drugs of abuse" with no medical value....
  13. What is the opioid crisis? 5 facts on the addiction epidemic.

    U.S. officials are searching for ways to help America's cities and communities escape and recover from a drug epidemic that is gripping the nation. Opioids include illegal drugs like heroin and legal drugs like morphine and fentanyl, but also common prescription painkillers like codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Nearly 100 people die each day from opioid misuse, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Donald Trump vowed during his campaign to...
  14. How many opioid pain killers do surgery patients need? New prescribing recommendations unveiled.

    How many prescription pain pills should a patient receive after breast cancer surgery? Or a hernia repair? Or a gallbladder removal? With the country facing an epidemic of opioid pain medication abuse, the answer should be simple: Just enough to ease patients' immediate post-surgery pain. But surgical teams have lacked an evidence-based guide, or even rules of thumb, to help them prescribe powerful opioid pain medications wisely. Until now. A new tool developed at the University of...
  15. Long Term Opioid Use Does Not Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

    Opioid use is not associate with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. Researchers did not find any risk neither for long-term use nor for higher cumulative doses. Opioids are powerful pain relieving drugs that act on the nervous system. Published in Pain Medicine, the study is the most extensive one conducted on the topic so far. A previous study from the US reported an association between high cumulative doses of opioids and...
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