Only a small amount of fentanyl is enough to be lethal.
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Fentanyl’s wide availability in the drug supply has led to an increase in unintentional overdoses. While prevention strategies are available, limited availability stymies their use.
Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine distributed by the Drug User Liberation Front, a grassroots organization proving a safe supply of illicit drugs, in Vancouver, in April 2021.
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People are dying from using a toxic drug supply. Safer supply and other approaches that listen to the needs of people who use drugs are critical to saving lives and addressing the opioid crisis.
Emblems of America’s epidemics.
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The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.
People around the world mourned loved ones on International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, 2021.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
Naloxone can prevent deaths from opioid overdose, but there is no way to reverse the effects of benzodiazepine overdose without risk.
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Fentanyl adulteration led to the replacement of heroin in the unregulated drug supply of British Columbia. Now that benzodiazepines are present in many opioids, are we headed towards a ‘new normal?’
One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain.
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While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
Annie Storey holds a cross with a photo of her late son Alex Storey, before a march to mark the five-year anniversary of British Columbia declaring a public health emergency in the overdose crisis, in Vancouver, on April 14, 2021.
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Across the country, overdose deaths have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For man, social media is the only place they get their news.
Social media makes it easy to spread ‘fake news’.
Josh Ledesma displays safe injection supplies with outreach specialist Rachel Bolton outside the Access Drug User Health Program drop-in center in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 31, 2020.
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COVID-19 plagues an overtaxed opioid addiction treatment system.
Italian police seize the largest ever haul of speed just south of Naples on July 1.
Illicit and legitimate trade are closely connected, so how come one seems to be rising while the other has plunged?
Reading between the lines.
Prices are surging amid shortages and panic-buying – and we could soon be facing a public health disaster.
Fentanyl has been a prime culprit in the opioid crisis in the United States. It’s now turning up in cocaine and methamphetamine in New South Wales.
From colonial poppy fields to pharmatrash, southern Africa offers a fascinating history of drug regimes – one that helps us make sense of drug policies and legislation today.
A man injects drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Feb. 6, 2019.
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In the midst of a public health crisis, with increasing rates of death from opioid overdose, the Ontario government is clawing back life-saving measures.
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency.
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A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America’s opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
An illustration of Crawford Long removing a tumor from the neck of James Venable.
Crawford W. Long Museum
Most medical historians agree that one of the most important advances in medicine was the use of ether to numb pain during surgery. Just who deserves credit for this has been another story.
Given the stiffening US view of China, the cooling of tensions will unlikely last long.
In the wash-up of the G20 meetings, it seems China has come away with the better deal – at least for now.
Few medical schools offer training in addictions medicine and most doctors feel they lack the specialist expertise to deal with the inpatient opioid crisis.
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Canadian hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with the inpatient opioid crisis. Lack of specialist addictions care puts patients and staff at risk.
Many people may misunderstand the basics about opioids. That prevents researchers from understanding the full scope of the epidemic.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates the proper procedure for administering a nasal injection of naloxone on reporter Jennifer Lott, left, during a visit to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., May 17, 2018.
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One study argues that naloxone increases opioid use because it protects against death from overdose. But a closer analysis shows Narcan is the number one public health tool to fight the overdose epidemic.