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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105586/occupational-safety-in-the-age-of-the-opioid-crisis-needle-stick-injury-among-baltimore-police
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Javier A Cepeda, Leo Beletsky, Anne Sawyer, Chris Serio-Chapman, Marina Smelyanskaya, Jennifer Han, Natanya Robinowitz, Susan G Sherman
At a time of resurgence in injection drug use and injection-attributable infections, needle stick injury (NSI) risk and its correlates among police remain understudied. In the context of occupational safety training, a convenience sample of 771 Baltimore city police officers responded to a self-administered survey. Domains included NSI experience, protective behaviors, and attitudes towards syringe exchange programs. Sixty officers (8%) reported lifetime NSI. Officers identifying as Latino or other race were almost three times more likely (aOR 2...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104570/high-risk-injecting-behaviour-among-people-who-inject-pharmaceutical-opioids-in-australia
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Jenny Iversen, George Dertadian, Louise Geddes, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Use of opioid analgesic medicines has doubled globally over the past decade, with a concomitant increase in prevalence of injection of pharmaceutical opioids (PO), including in Australia. This study investigates types of PO injected, methods used to prepare PO for injection and correlates of recent (last 6 months) PO injection among a large national sample of people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: The Australian NSP Survey (ANSPS), conducted annually at ∼50 NSP services across Australia, consists of a brief self-administered questionnaire and provision of a capillary dried blood spot for HIV and hepatitis C antibody testing...
January 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092646/ex-vivo-nonviral-gene-delivery-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-to-attenuate-cancer-induced-pain
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Seiichi Yamano, Chi T Viet, Dongmin Dang, Jisen Dai, Shigeru Hanatani, Tadahiro Takayama, Hironori Kasai, Kentaro Imamura, Ron Campbell, Yi Ye, John C Dolan, William Myung Kwon, Stefan D Schneider, Brian L Schmidt
Virus-mediated gene delivery shows promise for the treatment of chronic pain. However, viral vectors have cytotoxicity. To avoid toxicities and limitations of virus-mediated gene delivery, we developed a novel nonviral hybrid vector: HIV-1 Tat peptide sequence modified with histidine and cysteine residues combined with a cationic lipid. The vector has high transfection efficiency with little cytotoxicity in cancer cell lines including HSC-3 (human tongue squamous cell carcinoma) and exhibits differential expression in HSC-3 (∼45-fold) relative to HGF-1 (human gingival fibroblasts) cells...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061017/feasibility-and-safety-of-extended-release-naltrexone-treatment-of-opioid-and-alcohol-use-disorder-in-hiv-clinics-a-pilot-feasibility-randomized-trial
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P Todd Korthuis, Paula J Lum, Pamela Vergara-Rodriguez, Keith Ahamad, Evan Wood, Lynn E Kunkel, Neal L Oden, Robert Lindblad, James L Sorensen, Virgilio Arenas, Doan Ha, Raul N Mandler, Dennis Mccarty
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: HIV-infected persons with substance use disorders are least likely to benefit from advances in HIV treatment. Integration of extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) into HIV clinics may increase engagement in the HIV care continuum by decreasing substance use. We aimed to compare 1) XR-NTX treatment initiation, 2) retention, and 3) safety of XR-NTX versus treatment as usual (TAU) for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) and/or alcohol use disorder (AUD) in HIV clinics...
January 6, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058567/sexual-risk-and-transmission-behaviors-partnerships-and-settings-among-young-adult-nonmedical-opioid-users-in-new-york-city
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S R Friedman, P Mateu-Gelabert, K V Ruggles, E Goodbody, C Syckes, L Jessell, Jennifer Teubl, H Guarino
Nonmedical prescription opioid use has become widespread. It can lead to heroin use, drug injection and HIV infection. We describe young adult opioid users' sexual risk behavior, partnerships and settings. 464 youth aged 18-29 who reported opioid use in the past 30 days were recruited using Respondent-Driven Sampling. Eligible participants completed a computer-assisted, interviewer-administered risk questionnaire and were tested for STIs and HIV. Participants (33% female; 66% white non-Hispanic) almost all had sex in the prior 90 days; 42% reported more than one partner...
January 5, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011389/extended-release-naltrexone-for-pre-release-prisoners-a-randomized-trial-of-medical-mobile-treatment
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Michael S Gordon, Frank J Vocci, Terrence T Fitzgerald, Kevin E O'Grady, Charles P O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX), is an effective treatment for opioid use disorder but is rarely initiated in US prisons or with criminal justice populations. Mobile treatment for chronic diseases has been implemented in a variety of settings. Mobile treatment may provide an opportunity to expand outreach to parolees to surmount barriers to traditional clinic treatment. METHODS: Male and female prisoners (240) with pre-incarceration histories of opioid use disorder who are within one month of release from prison will be enrolled in this randomized clinical trial...
December 20, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995426/who-gets-testosterone-patient-characteristics-associated-with-testosterone-prescribing-in-the-veteran-affairs-system-a-cross-sectional-study
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Guneet K Jasuja, Shalender Bhasin, Joel I Reisman, Joseph T Hanlon, Donald R Miller, Anthony P Morreale, Leonard M Pogach, Francesca E Cunningham, Angela Park, Dan R Berlowitz, Adam J Rose
BACKGROUND: There has been concern about the growing off-label use of testosterone. Understanding the context within which testosterone is prescribed may contribute to interventions to improve prescribing. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient characteristics associated with receipt of testosterone. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: A national cohort of male patients, who had received at least one outpatient prescription within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system during Fiscal Year 2008- Fiscal Year 2012...
December 19, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955689/the-effect-of-bundling-medication-assisted-treatment-for-opioid-addiction-with-mhealth-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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David H Gustafson, Gina Landucci, Fiona McTavish, Rachel Kornfield, Roberta A Johnson, Marie-Louise Mares, Ryan P Westergaard, Andrew Quanbeck, Esra Alagoz, Klaren Pe-Romashko, Chantelle Thomas, Dhavan Shah
BACKGROUND: Opioid dependence has devastating and increasingly widespread consequences and costs, and the most common outcome of treatment is early relapse. People who inject opioids are also at disproportionate risk for contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). This study tests an approach that has been shown to improve recovery rates: medication along with other supportive services (medication-assisted treatment, or MAT) against MAT combined with a smartphone innovation called A-CHESS (MAT + A-CHESS)...
December 12, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931232/retention-in-georgia-opioid-substitution-therapy-program-and-associated-factors
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Ekaterine Ruadze, Khatuna Todadze
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse has been considered as a growing challenge in Georgia that is closely linked with human immune deficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C transmission due to unsafe injection and other uncontrolled behaviors. Methadone maintenance therapy is one of the major treatment options for opioid-dependent individuals. It has proven efficacy in decreasing illegal opioid consumption and criminal behavior as well as reducing the level of HIV infection, mortality, HCV infection, and increasing social functioning...
December 8, 2016: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923769/recombination-in-hepatitis-c-virus-is-not-uncommon-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-kolkata-india
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Debanjali Gupta, Kallol Saha, Aritra Biswas, Rushna Firdaus, Monika Ghosh, Provash Chandra Sadhukhan
Recombination in RNA virus is a rare event in the survival and evolution to evade host immune system. This is increasing within high risk group population (HRG) due to super infection that occurs by continuous sharing of common drug equipment by HCV infected or HIV-HCV co-infected recurrent drug users. Recombination causes impediment to vaccine development and therapeutic intervention as standard HCV treatment is still genotype specific. Blood samples of 194 people who inject drugs (PWID) were collected from an Opioid Substitution Therapy Centre in Kolkata, India...
December 5, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918880/racial-differences-in-hiv-and-hcv-risk-behaviors-transmission-and-prevention-knowledge-among-non-treatment-seeking-individuals-with-opioid-use-disorder
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Verena E Metz, Maria A Sullivan, Jermaine D Jones, Elizabeth Evans, Rachel Luba, Jonathan Vogelman, Sandra D Comer
In light of New York's recently reinforced strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by expanding testing, treatment, and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), we assessed drug use and sexual risk behaviors, along with HIV/Hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission and prevention knowledge among non-treatment-seeking adults with opioid use disorder (OUD) in New York City. Over the course of 18 months, volunteers screening for research studies in the Opioid Laboratory at the New York State Psychiatric Institute completed a locally developed self-assessment questionnaire...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917016/the-portapotty-experiment-neoliberal-approaches-to-the-intertwined-epidemics-of-opioid-related-overdose-and-hiv-hcv-and-why-we-need-cultural-anthropologists-in-the-south-bronx
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Brett Wolfson-Stofko, Ric Curtis, Faustino Fuentes, Ed Manchess, Alexis Del Rio-Cumba, Alex S Bennett
The following report from the field focuses on the authors' collective efforts to operate an ad hoc safer injection facility (SIF) out of portapotties (portable toilets) in an area of the South Bronx that has consistently experienced some of the highest overdose morbidity and mortality rates in New York City over the past decade (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2011, 2015, 2016). Safer injection facilities (also known as supervised injection facilities, drug consumption rooms, etc.) operating outside the US provide a legal, hygienic, and supervised environment for individuals to use drugs in order to minimize the likelihood of fatal overdose and the spread of blood-borne infections while reducing public injection...
December 2016: Dialectical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877102/inhibition-of-gabaergic-neurotransmission-by-hiv-1-tat-and-opioid-treatment-in-the-striatum-involves-%C3%AE-opioid-receptors
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Changqing Xu, Sylvia Fitting
Due to combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is considered a chronic disease with high prevalence of mild forms of neurocognitive impairments, also referred to as HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Although opiate drug use can exacerbate HIV-1 Tat-induced neuronal damage, it remains unknown how and to what extent opioids interact with Tat on the GABAergic system. We conducted whole-cell recordings in mouse striatal slices and examined the effects of HIV-1 Tat in the presence and absence of morphine (1 μM) and damgo (1 μM) on GABAergic neurotransmission...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871198/-it-is-easier-for-me-to-shoot-up-stigma-abandonment-and-why-hiv-positive-drug-users-in-russia-fail-to-link-to-hiv-care
#14
Tetiana Kiriazova, Karsten Lunze, Anita Raj, Natalia Bushara, Elena Blokhina, Evgeny Krupitsky, Carly Bridden, Dmitry Lioznov, Jeffrey H Samet, Allen L Gifford
Many HIV-positive people who inject drugs (PWID) globally are not receiving HIV care. This represents a major challenge among key populations to end the global HIV epidemic. This qualitative study explored the process and associated barriers of linking HIV-positive PWID who are in addiction treatment to HIV care in St. Petersburg, Russia. We conducted three focus groups and seven semi-structured interviews with participants in the LINC ("Linking Infectious and Narcology Care") project at addiction and HIV hospitals in St...
November 22, 2016: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849111/pharmacological-interventions-for-pruritus-in-adult-palliative-care-patients
#15
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Waldemar Siemens, Carola Xander, Joerg J Meerpohl, Sabine Buroh, Gerd Antes, Guido Schwarzer, Gerhild Becker
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the original Cochrane review published in 2013 (Issue 6). Pruritus occurs in patients with disparate underlying diseases and is caused by different pathologic mechanisms. In palliative care patients, pruritus is not the most prevalent but is one of the most puzzling symptoms. It can cause considerable discomfort and affects patients' quality of life. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different pharmacological treatments for preventing or treating pruritus in adult palliative care patients...
16, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845298/daclatasvir-plus-sofosbuvir-with-or-without-ribavirin-in-real-world-patients-with-hiv-hcv-coinfection-and-advanced-liver-disease
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Jürgen K Rockstroh, Patrick Ingiliz, Jörg Petersen, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Tania M Welzel, Marc Van der Valk, Yue Zhao, Maria Jesus Jimenez Exposito, Stefan Zeuzem
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV-coinfected patients respond just as well to modern direct-acting antiviral HCV therapy as HCV-monoinfected patients. However, clinical data for all-oral HCV treatments are sparse in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with an advanced stage of liver cirrhosis. METHODS: A subanalysis of efficacy and safety for a daclatasvir (DCV) and sofosbuvir (SOF) regimen, with or without ribavirin (RBV), was undertaken in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with advanced liver disease and no other treatment options enrolled into a European DCV compassionate use programme...
November 15, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842998/increased-drug-use-and-the-timing-of-social-assistance-receipt-among-people-who-use-illicit-drugs
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Emanuel Krebs, Linwei Wang, Michelle Olding, Kora DeBeck, Kanna Hayashi, M-J Milloy, Evan Wood, Bohdan Nosyk, Lindsey Richardson
BACKGROUND: The monthly disbursement of social assistance (SA) payments to people who use illicit drugs (PWUD) has been temporally associated with increases in drug-related harm. Yet, whether SA receipt changes drug use intensity compared to levels of use at other times in the month has not been established. We therefore examined this relationship among PWUD in Vancouver, Canada (2005-2013). METHODS: Data were derived from prospective cohorts of HIV-positive and HIV-negative PWUD...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842543/design-of-the-indian-nca-study-indian-national-collaboration-on-aids-a-cluster-randomized-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-integrated-care-centers-to-improve-hiv-outcomes-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-and-persons-who-inject-drugs-in-india
#18
Sunil S Solomon, Gregory M Lucas, David D Celentano, Allison M McFall, Elizabeth Ogburn, Lawrence H Moulton, Aylur K Srikrishnan, M Suresh Kumar, Santhanam Anand, Suniti Solomon, Shruti H Mehta
BACKGROUND: Globally, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs remain disproportionately affected by HIV, but they have not been the focus of prevention and treatment interventions in many resource-limited settings. METHODS/DESIGN: This cluster-randomized trial (conducted from June 2012 to June 2017), evaluates whether single-venue, integrated delivery of core HIV services to vulnerable high-risk populations improves service utilization and consequently, HIV testing and other outcomes along the HIV care continuum...
November 14, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798775/attitudes-toward-naloxone-prescribing-in-clinical-settings-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-prescribed-high-dose-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain
#19
Shane R Mueller, Stephen Koester, Jason M Glanz, Edward M Gardner, Ingrid A Binswanger
BACKGROUND: Over the last 2 decades, medical providers have increasingly prescribed pharmaceutical opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, while opioid overdose death rates have quadrupled. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, can be prescribed to patients with chronic pain to reverse an opioid overdose, yet little is known about how patients perceive this emerging practice. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the knowledge and attitudes toward naloxone prescribing among non-cancer patients prescribed opioids in primary care...
October 31, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763996/county-level-vulnerability-assessment-for-rapid-dissemination-of-hiv-or-hcv-infections-among-persons-who-inject-drugs-united-states
#20
Michelle M Van Handel, Charles E Rose, Elaine J Hallisey, Jessica L Kolling, Jon E Zibbell, Brian Lewis, Michele K Bohm, Christopher M Jones, Barry E Flanagan, Azfar-E-Alam Siddiqi, Kashif Iqbal, Andrew L Dent, Jonathan H Mermin, Eugene McCray, John W Ward, John T Brooks
OBJECTIVE: A recent HIV outbreak in a rural network of persons who inject drugs (PWID) underscored the intersection of the expanding epidemics of opioid abuse, unsterile injection drug use (IDU), and associated increases in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. We sought to identify US communities potentially vulnerable to rapid spread of HIV, if introduced, and new or continuing high rates of HCV infections among PWID. DESIGN: We conducted a multistep analysis to identify indicator variables highly associated with IDU...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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