Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities
  • A new study estimates that at least 1 to 5% of children in select communities have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and suggests the prevalence may be even higher.
  • The findings are more accurate than previous estimates and highlight the need for strategies to address this problem.

Heroin Vaccine Treats Addiction and Lethal Overdose

Heroin Vaccine Treats Addiction and Lethal Overdose

The vaccine is built by binding a heroin molecule to a protein recognized by the immune system. The heroin molecule does not trigger an immune reaction on its own. When the vaccine initiates an immune response, antibodies are produced that bind to heroin molecules that build up when a person is using the drug. The antibody binding prevents the drug from reaching the brain and causing a high.

A Father's Story: How a "Really good kid" died of a heroin overdose

A Father's Story: How a "Really good kid" died of a heroin overdose

“I talk to her in the seat next to me and I tell her I‘m going to remember you the way you used to be and how fun you used to be,'” he says.

Jessica isn’t in the seat. She’s dead.

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

Recently, driven largely by opioid-related deaths—predominantly of our white sisters and brothers—President Donald Trump proclaimed that the opioid problem was now a national emergency. He vowed to “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis” because “it is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”

This is false. Beginning in the late 1960s, the heroin crisis played out in a similar fashion, except that the face of the heroin addict then in the media was black, destitute and engaged in repetitive petty crimes to feed his or her habit. One solution was to lock up users, especially after passage of New York State's infamous Rockefeller drug laws in 1973. By the early 2000s more than 90 percent of those convicted under those laws were black or Latino, far out of proportion to the fraction of users they represented.

To stem abuse of anti-diarrhea drugs, FDA officials seek packaging fix

To stem abuse of anti-diarrhea drugs, FDA officials seek packaging fix

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday asked makers of popular anti-diarrhea drugs to sell their medications in smaller amounts to make them harder to abuse.

The request comes amid a spike in overdoses from large doses of the over-the-counter drugs, which contain a small amount of an opioid.

The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers to package their medications in smaller quantities, such as eight tablets per package. Currently, some generic versions are sold in boxes of up to 200 tablets. The FDA said it also plans to ask online retailers to make it harder to order bulk amounts of the drugs.

Drug Distributors Shipped 20.8 Million Painkillers To West Virginia Town Of 3,000

Drug Distributors Shipped 20.8 Million Painkillers To West Virginia Town Of 3,000

Williamson, W.Va., sits right across the Tug Fork river from Kentucky. The town has sites dedicated to its coal mining heritage and the Hatfield and McCoy feud and countsjust about 3,000 residents.

But despite its small size, drug wholesalers sent more than 20.8 million prescription painkillers to the town from 2008 and 2015, according to an investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The opioids — hydrocodone and oxycodone pills — were provided to two pharmacies just four blocks apart.

The irrationality of modern drugs laws, in one chart

The irrationality of modern drugs laws, in one chart

The treaties and laws governing how drugs are regulated by nations were, for the most part, written a half-century or more ago. And while the science surrounding drugs and drug use has advanced rapidly over that time, the laws have barely evolved.

As a result, there is little correlation between the dangers of various drugs and the stringency of laws regulating their use.

Quack "health practitioners" Taking Advantage of Opioid Crisis

Quack "health practitioners" Taking Advantage of Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a serious public health crisis in the U.S., and new tools and treatments to deal with chronic pain are urgently needed. Unfortunately, where public health officials see a crisis, advocates of “integrating” quackery with science-based medicine see an opportunity. In this case, promoters of pseudomedicine are taking advantage of the opioid crisis to persuade state Medicaid systems to pay for quackery like acupuncture.

Taking a grassroots approach to fighting the opioid epidemic

Taking a grassroots approach to fighting the opioid epidemic

Opinion: Doctors and hospitals don't need to wait for large-scale state federal programs to fight inappropriate opioid use.

For many physicians, developing an ongoing relationship with patients is a rewarding part of the job. That’s not the case for emergency physicians like me — we’d rather not see the same patients over and over again, especially those with substance use disorders, who are some of the highest users of emergency care.

Montana County May Jail Pregnant Woman for Substance Abuse Despite Doctor's Advice

Montana County May Jail Pregnant Woman for Substance Abuse Despite Doctor's Advice

MT County May Jail Pregnant Women For Substance Abuse, Despite Doctors’ Advice

County Attorney Gerald “Jay” Harris said his office will seek civil restraining orders against those pregnant women. When there are “provable” violations of such orders, the county will ask for jail time in order to “incapacitate” the mothers, according to a Jan. 11 press release announcing the new policy.

Harris encouraged the public to report instances of mothers-to-be drinking or using drugs to the sheriff.

Why No Gadget Can Prove How Stoned You Are

Why No Gadget Can Prove How Stoned You Are

Marijuana is such a confounding drug that scientists and law enforcement are struggling to create an objective standard for marijuana intoxication.

IF YOU’VE SPENT time with marijuana—any time at all, really—you know that the high can be rather unpredictable. It depends on the strain, its level of THC and hundreds of other compounds, and the interaction between all these elements. Oh, and how much you ate that day. And how you took the cannabis. And the position of the North Star at the moment of ingestion.

Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities and one in South America claims a reduction in the U.S.’s overall alcohol consumption appears directly related to the rise of medical marijuana laws recently enacted in a number of states. Presented by Michele Baggio, University of Connecticut, Storrs; Alberto Chong,Georgia State University, Atlanta and Universidad del Pacifico, Lima; and Sungoh Kwon, University of Connecticut, Storrs, the working paper may add to what many believe will prove definitive regarding the relationship between wine and marijuana consumption.