Substance Abuse

Past marijuana use linked to worse verbal memory later in life

Past marijuana use linked to worse verbal memory later in life

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In adults, past exposure to marijuana was associated with worse verbal memory.

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

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For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.

Risky drug use reduced by primary care interventions

Risky drug use reduced by primary care interventions

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Use of psychoactive drugs may be reduced through a combination of interactions with primary care physicians and follow-up calls from coaches.

Intranasal naloxone approved by FDA for opioid overdose reversal

Intranasal naloxone approved by FDA for opioid overdose reversal

A new formulation of intranasal naloxone - marketed as Narcan - has been FDA approved to help combat opioid abuse in the United States.

Family doctors encouraged to prescribe naloxone when necessary

Family doctors encouraged to prescribe naloxone when necessary

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests the prescription of naloxone to the family and friend of patients who are at risk of opioid overdose.

Stopping prescription drug abuse

Stopping prescription drug abuse

Emergency providers need to make every effort to be responsible prescribers.

Improved prescribing practices needed to curb opioid abuse

Improved prescribing practices needed to curb opioid abuse

A comprehensive approach is needed to improve prescribing practices and ultimately reduce opioid abuse and related overdose death rates across the country.

Stat Consult: Opioid abuse 
or dependence

Stat Consult: Opioid abuse 
or dependence

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Learn how to identify and treat opioid abuse, withdrawal, and dependence.

Narcotic abuse in the emergency department

Narcotic abuse in the emergency department

Providers need to address the overuse of prescription narcotics in the emergency room.

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.

Buprenorphine may benefit patients with opioid dependence

Buprenorphine may benefit patients with opioid dependence

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Emergency-department initiated buprenorphine treatment may increase addiction treatment 
and decrease opioid use in patients with opioid dependence
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New synthetic stimulant "Flakka" has adverse psychiatric effects

New synthetic stimulant "Flakka" has adverse psychiatric effects

"Flakka," a synthetic stimulant, can cause violent and unpredictable behavior.

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans diagnosed with alcohol use disorder

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans diagnosed with alcohol use disorder

White and Native American men had the highest rates of lifetime drinking problems - 33% and 43%, respectively.

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Is 'flakka' the new bath salt?

Use of a new designer drug, a synthetic version of cathinone, appears to be on the rise.

Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-positive stimulant-users

Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-positive stimulant-users

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HIV-positive men that use stimulants show no greater mortality risk after initiating highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

Hydrocodone combination products reclassified as schedule II

Hydrocodone combination products reclassified as schedule II

Pharmacies will be prohibited from filling hydrocodone prescriptions delivered over the phone or via fax. eScripts can only be used in states where they are permitted.

Opioids too risky for long-term use in chronic-pain patients

Opioids too risky for long-term use in chronic-pain patients

New guidelines offer strategies for clinicians on how to effectively and safely manage opioid prescription use in chronic noncancer pain patients.

Teenage drug use on the decline

Teenage drug use on the decline

A federal report revealed the number of teens reporting illicit drug use fell in 2013.

Young adults uninformed about opioid abuse risks

Young adults uninformed about opioid abuse risks

Researchers found that young people were unaware about the risks associated with prescription opioid abuse and call for better outreach strategies and overdose prevention programs.

Acute or chronic pancreatitis?

Acute or chronic pancreatitis?

How can a clinician distinguish chronic pancreatitis from acute pancreatitis in a patient with alcohol-abuse history?

Marijuana withdrawal may identify substance-dependence in teens

Marijuana withdrawal may identify substance-dependence in teens

Adolescents reporting withdrawal and a drug problem improved at a greater rate compared with those who did not.

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality?

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality?

States that have enacted medical cannabis laws have seen an overall 24.8% mean drop in state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.

Hydrocodone painkillers face increased federal restriction

Hydrocodone painkillers face increased federal restriction

Following a spike in hydrocodone painkillers addiction, the federal government is restricting access to the opiate.

Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults.

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

The odds of severe memory impairment more than doubled with a history of alcohol use disorders.

FDA approves extended-release painkiller

FDA approves extended-release painkiller

The medication is designed to deter abuse of the drug by snorting or injection.

Putting a family back together

Putting a family back together

After a patient sought care for his opioid dependency, this provider was thanked for putting the patient's family back together.

Misuse and abuse of ADHD medication

Misuse and abuse of ADHD medication

When used as prescribed, these drugs are not addictive. However, abuse is on the rise, and clinicians need to be able to identify the signs.

One question can uncover drug use

Ask patients how many times in the past year they have used an illegal drug or prescription medication for nonmedical reasons.

Stroke risk doubles for an hour after drinking

Stroke risk doubles for an hour after drinking

Alcohol can elevate a person's risk of ische­mic stroke by 2.3 times in the first hour after ingestion.

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