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Prescription Drug Abuse

Special Populations
In study findings presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, women who received a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after a diagnosis of breast cancer were found to be at a greater risk of chronic controlled substance use, per media reports.
General Psychiatry
Positive tests for non-prescribed use of fentanyl and opioids, as well as heroin, increased during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently published study of nearly 900,000 de-identified lab results conducted by Quest Diagnostics. Use of fentanyl in combination with other drugs also surged.
Medications
Not-for-profit organization Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse, life sciences firm Emergent BioSolutions, and three Major League Baseball clubs team up for Overdose Awareness Day initiative.
Pain Management
John Temple, author of “American Pain,” will share findings from his book on a Florida pain clinic that recklessly prescribed opioids, as well as how some operators have now shifted into running treatment centers and sober living facilities.
Trends
Journalist Beth Macy, who will speak on a panel at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in April, discusses her findings while reporting for her New York Times bestselling book ‘Dopesick.’
Psychedelics
A Canadian company has acquired the drug development program for a derivative of ibogaine, a potential treatment for opioid addiction.
Addiction Professional
Baltimore County, Md., is increasing public awareness of the opioid crisis by displaying signs depicting total and fatal overdoses.
Funding
Kentucky served as a somewhat unlikely model in a National Governors Association initiative to stimulate innovative responses to the infectious disease effects of the opioid crisis.
Evidence-Based Practices
New York City health officials have launched a media campaign on fentanyl that embraces the harm reduction mindset that characterizes the city's broader efforts.
Clinical Challenges
Fatal overdose data from Massachusetts suggest that polysubstance use is now commonplace among opioid users, and factors such as homelessness are linked to use of opioids and stimulants.
Funding
Preliminary data in a newly released report from the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center suggest that the onerous impacts of the opioid overdose crisis may be leveling off.
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