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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088742/patterns-of-drug-use-and-hiv-infection-among-adults-in-a-nationally-representative-sample
#1
Stephanie Shiau, Stephen M Arpadi, Michael T Yin, Silvia S Martins
BACKGROUND: Little is known about drug use patterns among people living with HIV in comparison to an uninfected group in the general population. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between legal and illegal drug use and HIV infection in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States. METHODS: Public use data files (2005-2014) from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) were used. Respondents were asked whether a medical professional had ever told them that they had HIV/AIDS...
January 7, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088741/prevalence-and-correlates-of-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-exposure-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
#2
Alexandria Macmadu, Jennifer J Carroll, Scott E Hadland, Traci C Green, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: The rate of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-contaminated heroin (FCH) use is increasing rapidly in the United States. We examined risk factors for exposure to FCH and experiences with FCH use among young adult non-medical prescription opioids (NMPO) users. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which enrolled young adults aged 18 to 29 reporting prior 30day NMPO use between January 2015 and February 2016...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081060/erratum-vol-65-nos-50-51
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(no author information available yet)
In the report "Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - United States, 2010-2015" in both "TABLE 1. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving natural and semisynthetic opioids(†) and methadone,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U.S. Census region, and selected states(††) - United States, 2014 and 2015," and in "TABLE 2. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving synthetic opioids other than methadone(†) and heroin,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079530/can-intoxication-status-be-used-as-a-prediction-tool-for-manner-of-death-a-comparison-of-the-intoxication-status-in-violent-suicides-and-homicides
#4
D Kimberley Molina, Veronica M Hargrove
Determining the manner of death in medicolegal death investigations can be difficult. The investigator relies on many facets of death investigation, including the circumstances of death and autopsy examination. A study was designed to analyze whether the intoxication status of the decedent could be used as another tool in death investigations. The intoxication status of violent (nonoverdose or poisoning) suicides and homicides was retrospectively reviewed and compared. A total of 625 deaths were identified, including 366 suicides and 259 homicides...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077147/the-political-and-scientific-challenges-in-evaluating-compulsory-drug-treatment-centers-in-southeast-asia
#5
Thu Vuong, Nhu Nguyen, Giang Le, Marian Shanahan, Robert Ali, Alison Ritter
BACKGROUND: In Vietnam, like many countries in Southeast Asia, the commonly used approach of center-based compulsory drug treatment (CCT) has been criticized on human rights ground. Meanwhile, community-based voluntary methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has been implemented for nearly a decade with promising results. Reform-minded leaders have been seeking empirical evidence of the costs and effectiveness associated with these two main treatment modalities. Conducting evaluations of these treatments, especially where randomization is not ethical, presents challenges...
January 11, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074855/mir-218-targets-mecp2-and-inhibits-heroin-seeking-behavior
#6
Biao Yan, Zhaoyang Hu, Wenqing Yao, Qiumin Le, Bo Xu, Xing Liu, Lan Ma
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of evolutionarily conserved, 18-25 nucleotide non-coding sequences that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression. Recent studies implicated their roles in the regulation of neuronal functions, such as learning, cognition and memory formation. Here we report that miR-218 inhibits heroin-induced behavioral plasticity. First, network propagation-based method was used to predict candidate miRNAs that played potential key roles in regulating drug addiction-related genes. Microarray screening was also carried out to identify miRNAs responding to chronic heroin administration in the nucleus accumbens (NAc)...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068563/a-review-fentanyl-and-non-pharmaceutical-fentanyls
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REVIEW
Joji Suzuki, Saria El-Haddad
BACKGROUND: Fentanyl and non-pharmaceutical fentanyls (NPFs) have been responsible for numerous outbreaks of overdoses all over the United States since the 1970s. However, there has been a growing concern in recent years that NPFs are contributing to an alarming rise in the number of opioid-related overdoses. METHODS: The authors conducted a narrative review of the published and grey literature on fentanyl and NPFs in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Google using the following search terms: "fentanyl", "non-pharmaceutical fentanyl", "fentanyl analogs", "fentanyl laced heroin" and "fentanyl overdose"...
December 16, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065255/a-54-year-old-man-with-lingual-granuloma-and-multiple-pulmonary-excavated-nodules
#8
Julien Dang, Noémie Chanson, Caroline Charlier, Christine Bonnal, Gregory Jouvion, Tiphaine Goulenok, Thomas Papo, Karim Sacre
A 54-year-old French man was admitted for evaluation of a chronic nodular lesion of the tongue and mandibular lymphadenopathy. He reported active tobacco and cannabis smoking as well as excessive alcohol use. He also reported frequent use of cocaine for several months and a past addiction to IV heroin. He had traveled abroad as a journalist and lived for several months in Columbia and Venezuela 12 years ago. His medical history included chronic hepatitis C infection successfully treated with interferon and ribavirin 6 years ago and high BP...
January 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063398/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-and-oxidative-stress-in-heroin-dependent-male-patients-undergoing-methadone-maintenance-treatment
#9
Meng-Chang Tsai, Tiao-Lai Huang
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and oxidative stress may play a role in patients with heroin dependence. The aim of this study was to investigate the serum levels and activities of BDNF and oxidative stress markers, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), protein carbonyl content (PCC), and 8-hydroxy 2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), in heroin-dependent patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). 60 heroin-dependent male MMT patients and 30 healthy males were recruited for this study...
December 27, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061909/opioid-overdose-prevention-and-naloxone-rescue-kits-what-we-know-and-what-we-don-t-know
#10
REVIEW
Todd Kerensky, Alexander Y Walley
The opioid use and overdose crisis is persistent and dynamic. Opioid overdoses were initially driven in the 1990s and 2000s by the increasing availability and misuse of prescription opioids. More recently, opioid overdoses are increasing at alarming rates due to wider use of heroin, which in some places is mixed with fentanyl or fentanyl derivatives. Naloxone access for opioid overdose rescue is one of the US Department of Health and Human Services' three priority areas for responding to the opioid crisis. This article summarizes the known benefits of naloxone access and details unanswered questions about overdose education and naloxone rescue kits...
January 7, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060437/trajectories-of-heroin-use-10-11-year-findings-from-the-australian-treatment-outcome-study
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Maree Teesson, Christina Marel, Shane Darke, Joanne Ross, Tim Slade, Lucy Burns, Michael Lynskey, Sonja Memedovic, Joanne White, Katherine L Mills
AIMS: To identify trajectories of heroin use in Australia, predictors of trajectory group membership, and subsequent outcomes, among people with heroin dependence over 10-11-years. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Sydney, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 615 participants were recruited between 2001-2002 as part of the Australian Treatment Outcome Study (66.2% male; mean age 29). The predominance of the cohort (87...
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/28056010/quickstats-rates-of-drug-overdose-deaths-involving-heroin-by-selected-age-groups-united-states-2006-2015
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(no author information available yet)
The rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin increased slightly during 2006-2010 but more than tripled during 2010-2015 for all age groups shown. During 2010-2015, the rates increased from 1.2 to 3.8 per 100,000 for persons aged 15-24 years, from 2.2 to 9.7 for persons aged 25-34 years, from 1.6 to 7.4 for persons aged 35-44 years, from 1.4 to 5.6 for persons aged 45-54 years, and from 0.7 to 3.4 for persons aged 55-64 years. In 2015, the rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin was highest for persons aged 25-34...
January 6, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045601/a-post-hurricane-katrina-examination-of-substance-abuse-treatment-discharges-with-co-occurring-psychiatric-and-substance-use-disorders
#14
Monique Shuler, Sumihiro Suzuki, Arwen Podesta, Raquel Qualls-Hampton, Sherrie Flynt Wallington
OBJECTIVES: There is increasing literature supporting the adverse effects of disasters on substance use and psychiatric disorders. The co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders with substance use intensifies the challenge of treatment delivery. Thus the aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of substance use, treatment characteristics, and demographics of discharges from substance abuse treatment in New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina. Trends associated with discharges that have a co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder (COD) were also assessed...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035035/analysis-of-u-47700-a-novel-synthetic-opioid-in-human-urine-by-lc-ms-ms-and-lc-qtof
#15
Steven W Fleming, Justin C Cooley, Leonard Johnson, C Clinton Frazee, Kristina Domanski, Kurt Kleinschmidt, Uttam Garg
The illicit drug market has rapidly evolved from synthetic cannabinoids to cathinone derivatives and now a new emerging threat of synthetic opioids. These compounds were mostly developed by pharmaceutical companies during drug discovery. The new psychoactive substances are not routinely covered in drug screening and may go undetected. Recently fentanyl analogous, AH-7921, MT-45 and now U-47700 have been encountered in clinical and forensic casework. U-47700 is gaining popularity on drug user forms as a legal alternative to heroin...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033313/increases-in-drug-and-opioid-involved-overdose-deaths-united-states-2010-2015
#16
Rose A Rudd, Puja Seth, Felicita David, Lawrence Scholl
The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing, and drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999-2014. Among 47,055 drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2014 in the United States, 28,647 (60.9%) involved an opioid (1). Illicit opioids are contributing to the increase in opioid overdose deaths (2,3). In an effort to target prevention strategies to address the rapidly changing epidemic, CDC examined overall drug overdose death rates during 2010-2015 and opioid overdose death rates during 2014-2015 by subcategories (natural/semisynthetic opioids, methadone, heroin, and synthetic opioids other than methadone)...
December 30, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027191/intentional-intra-arterial-injection-of-heroin-a-case-report
#17
Joji Suzuki, Erin S Valenti
Intravenous injection of drugs is associated with a host of medical complications, notably soft-tissue infections. On the contrary, intra-arterial injections of drugs have also been reported, largely restricted to inadvertent injections. Here we describe a patient who engaged in repeated intra-arterial injections of heroin when she exhausted most of her venous access, and presented acutely with a radial artery occlusion requiring thrombolytic therapy. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for intra-arterial injection in injection drug users who present with limb pain, ischemia, and motor/sensory deficits...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027027/estimating-state-transitions-for-opioid-use-disorders
#18
Emanuel Krebs, Jeong E Min, Elizabeth Evans, Libo Li, Lei Liu, David Huang, Darren Urada, Thomas Kerr, Yih-Ing Hser, Bohdan Nosyk
AIM: The aim was to estimate transitions between periods in and out of treatment, incarceration, and legal supervision, for prescription opioid (PO) and heroin users. METHODS: We captured all individuals admitted for the first time for publicly funded treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in California (2006 to 2010) with linked mortality and criminal justice data. We used Cox proportional hazards and competing risks models to assess the effect of primary PO use (v...
December 1, 2016: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026979/estimating-the-number-of-heroin-users-in-metropolitan-france-using-treatment-centers-data-an-exploratory-analysis
#19
Eric Janssen
BACKGROUND: An updated prevalence estimate for heroin users in France is lacking. Accurate figures are needed to estimate the potential need for treatment. METHOD: This research relies on a capture-recapture framework and, for the first time, makes use of individual data collected by a standardized survey conducted within treatment centers. Taking the hierarchical structure of data collection into consideration, a multilevel Zelterman regression model was used, thus enabling estimates at national level...
December 27, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025975/incubation-of-methamphetamine-but-not-heroin-craving-after-voluntary-abstinence-in-male-and-female-rats
#20
Marco Venniro, Michelle Zhang, Yavin Shaham, Daniele Caprioli
We recently introduced an animal model of incubation of methamphetamine craving after choice-based voluntary abstinence in male rats. Here, we studied the generality of this phenomenon to (1) female rats, and (2) male and female rats with a history of heroin self-administration. We first trained rats to self-administer palatable food pellets for 6 days (6 h/day) for either methamphetamine (0.1 mg/kg/infusion) or heroin (0.1 mg/kg/infusion) for 12 days (6 h/day). We then assessed relapse to drug seeking in extinction tests after 1 and 21 abstinence days...
December 27, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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