Thursday, July 27, 2017

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New Dangerous Opioid Mix Called “Gray Death” Blamed for Deaths in Three States
A new combination of opioids, known as “Gray Death,” is being blamed for deaths in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio, the Associated Press reports.
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Teen Marijuana-Related Visits to Colorado ER Rose Rapidly After Legalization
A Colorado children’s hospital reports visits by teens to its emergency department and satellite urgent care centers more than quadrupled after the state legalized marijuana, a new study finds.
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Opioid Abuse Drops Among Medicare Patients When Doctors Check Drug History
Opioid abuse has decreased among Medicare recipients in states that require doctors to check patients’ drug history in a prescription drug monitoring database, according to a new study.
Opioid Epidemic Leads Medical Examiners to Skip Some Autopsies
The nation’s opioid epidemic is causing some medical examiners to skip some autopsies because of a lack of staff, The Wall Street Journal reports.
DEA: Fentanyl Resistant to Naloxone Causing Overdoses in Western Pennsylvania
The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting a strain of fentanyl, resistant to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, has caused several overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania.
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