Proportional mortality ratios (PMRs) for heroin-related overdose deaths and methadone-related overdose deaths from 2007 to 2012 were highest among construction workers, according to research published in the Aug. 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Read More.
Minnesota’s Medicaid program will remove one of the biggest obstacles facing patients who need drug therapy, cutting the red tape that doctors say had impeded their ability to prescribe treatment medications for opioid addiction. Read More.
A cannabis initiative team at UCLA plans to conduct a high-quality clinical study of the painkilling properties of pot—and perhaps stem the opioid epidemic. Read More.
The Fond du Lac Tribal Community College will be the recipient of a $319,843 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to engage youths, battle opioid addiction and preserve culture. Read More.
The super-potent opioid is getting cut in at every level, and is spreading west. Now, experts say, it could replace heroin entirely. Read More.
Safe Injection Sites Might Not Solve the Opioid Crisis, But They Won’t Make It Worse – Huffington Post – Aug. 31, 2018
Safe injection sites, or spaces where people can inject pre-obtained drugs under medical supervision in hygienic facilities, are a controversial idea in the United States. Read More.
Opioid Crisis Breakthrough: Non-addictive Painkiller Found Effective – Medical News Today – Aug. 30, 2018
Scientists have tested a non-addictive painkiller in primates and found it to be safe and effective. The fact that the compound was successful in a species so closely related to humans strengthens the findings, which could help solve the opioid public health crisis. Read More.
NIH Comes Out Swinging On Opioid Abuse With Anticipated $40.4 Million to Research Chronic Pain – Forbes – Aug. 27, 2018
In keeping with its daunting pursuit of curbing the nation’s opioid crisis, the NIH also announced today that it has launched the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) program to investigate the biological characteristics underlying the transition in some people from acute to chronic pain. Read More.
A Closer Look at How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Employment – Harvard Business Review – Aug. 20, 2018
The toll that the opioid epidemic has taken on the United States is undeniable…inevitably, the effects of this crisis touch multiple aspects of people’s lives: their families, their communities, and, of course, their workplaces. Read More.