Friday, August 10, 2018

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FDA Did Not Stop Off-Label Prescribing for Fast-Acting Fentanyl Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration did not act to stop off-label prescribing for fast-acting fentanyl drugs, putting patients at high risk of accidental overdose and death, The New York Times reports. Read More
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Poll Finds More Americans Say Drug Abuse Has Caused Family Troubles
A new Gallup poll finds 30 percent of Americans say drug abuse has caused problems in their families—up from 22 percent in 2005, according to The Hill. Read More
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Vaping in 9th Grade Linked to Increased Marijuana Use Two Years Later
Ninth graders who use e-cigarettes and hookah are up to four times more likely to use marijuana in 11th grade, CNN reports. Read More
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FDA Encourages Development of New Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder
The Food and Drug Administration issued new scientific recommendations this week designed to encourage development of new medication-assisted treatment drugs for opioid use disorder. Read More
Long-Term Opioid Use May Start With Prescription For Wisdom Teeth Removal
Teens and young adults who fill an opioid prescription after wisdom teeth removal are almost three times as likely to use opioids persistently compared with their peers who don’t fill their prescription, a new study finds. Read More
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