Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Drug & Alcohol News of the Week
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Deaths During Opioid-Related Hospital Stays in U.S. Quadrupled
A new study released earlier this week confirms that deaths in opioid-related hospital stays in the U.S. have quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, PBS NewsHour reports. Read More
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Group of Surgeons Tries Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Combat Addiction Risks
NPR reports that a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach that could lead to significant changes in how opioids are prescribed and help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic — prescribing fewer opioids after surgery. Read More
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Criminal Justice System Could Play Key Role in Better Treatment for Opioid Addiction
A new study published in the December issue of Health Affairs, found that just 5 percent of people referred for opioid addiction treatment by the U.S. criminal justice system receive the best treatment, according to HealthDay. Read More
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FDA Approves First Monthly Injection to Treat Opioid Addiction
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever buprenorphine injection for the treatment of moderate-to-severe opioid use disorder in adult patients. Read More
St. Louis Police Saving Fewer Lives with Heroin Antidote Amid Stronger Opiates
The number of people that police in St. Louis have been able to save using the heroin overdose antidote naloxone, or Narcan, has declined by approximately 30 percent this year, compared to last year, according to the Associated Press. Read More
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