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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727520/undocumented-immigration-drug-problems-and-driving-under-the-influence-in-the-united-states-1990-2014
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Michael T Light, Ty Miller, Brian C Kelly
OBJECTIVES: To examine the influence of undocumented immigration in the United States on 4 different metrics of drug and alcohol problems: drug arrests, drug overdose fatalities, driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, and DUI deaths. METHODS: We combined newly developed state-level estimates of the undocumented population between 1990 and 2014 from the Center for Migration Studies with arrest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports and fatality information from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Underlying Cause of Death database...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723266/age-of-initiation-psychopathology-and-other-substance-use-are-associated-with-time-to-use-disorder-diagnosis-in-persons-using-opioids-nonmedically
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Ty S Schepis, Jahn K Hakes
BACKGROUND: Nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NMUPO) is an ongoing public health challenge, as NMUPO is associated with psychopathology, other drug use and fatal overdose. These concomitant risks are greatest in those with opioid use disorder (OUD), but the development of NMUPO-related use disorder is poorly understood. The primary aim of this study was to establish factors associated with the development of and time to OUD among persons engaged in NMUPO. METHODS: Data were from Wave 1 of the National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions, with 1,755 participants endorsing lifetime NMUPO...
July 19, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718908/death-from-butane-inhalation-abuse-in-teenagers-two-new-case-studies-and-review-of-the-literature
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Véronique Alunni, Yvan Gaillard, François Castier, Marie-Dominique Piercecchi-Marti, Gérald Quatrehomme
The ready availability of butane makes butane abuse frequent. Fatalities are rare. This study presents two cases of death by butane overdose. The postmortem analyses were carried out using headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. It revealed femoral blood butane concentrations of 18 and 22 mg/L, respectively, as well as specific combinations of adjuvants in each victim. In one of the victims, brain and fatty tissue also contained butane, pointing to chronic consumption. The originality of this study is to show that the identification of specific combinations of adjuvants can be helpful for identifying the brand of deodorant used...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692407/overdose-history-is-associated-with-post-detoxification-treatment-preference-for-persons-with-opioid-use-disorder
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Michael D Stein, Jessica N Flori, Megan M Risi, Micah T Conti, Bradley J Anderson, Genie L Bailey
BACKGROUND: Without aftercare treatment, persons discharged from short-term inpatient detoxification for opioid use disorder are at high risk of relapse. In previous work, those who were recently homeless or had pending legal problems were more likely to prefer residential treatment for aftercare. Here, based on clinical experience, we hypothesize that a particular clinical factor, surviving an opioid overdose, will be associated with aftercare preference. METHODS: Between May and December 2015, we surveyed consecutive persons seeking inpatient opioid detoxification...
July 10, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690895/discrimination-between-drug-abuse-and-medical-therapy-case-report-of-a-tranylcypromine-overdose-related-fatality
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Maryam Akhgari, Farzaneh Jokar, Afshar Etemadi-Aleagha, Ali Ghasemi
Tranylcypromine is an effective antidepressant from the class of monoamine oxidase inhibitors and is structurally related to amphetamine. However, reports differ regarding the potential metabolism of tranylcypromine to amphetamine and methamphetamine within the human body. We report a 25-year-old woman with severe depression who died due to a fatal tranylcypromine overdose in 2016. She had been prescribed tranylcypromine one day previously and had no history of previous suicide attempts or substance abuse. The body was transferred to a forensic medicine department in Tehran, Iran for the autopsy...
May 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656354/nonfatal-and-fatal-intoxications-with-pure-caffeine-report-of-three-different-cases
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Jan Magdalan, Marcin Zawadzki, Rafał Skowronek, Magdalena Czuba, Barbara Porębska, Tomasz Sozański, Paweł Szpot
Caffeine is not usually perceived as a drug by most people because it is found in many foods and drinks, including caffeinated energy drinks, as well as in over the counter analgesics and cold preparations. Recently in Poland it has become increasingly common to take pure caffeine, bought through online stores, as a psychoanaleptic. This creates a much higher risk of severe and even fatal poisoning in comparison with the risk associated with the abuse of food products and non-prescription medicines containing low doses of caffeine...
June 27, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653244/%C3%AE-hydroxybutyric-acid-ghb-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-semi-mechanistic-and-physiologically-relevant-pk-pd-model
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Rutwij A Dave, Kristin E Follman, Marilyn E Morris
An overdose of γ-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a drug of abuse, results in fatality caused by severe respiratory depression. In this study, a semi-mechanistic pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model was developed to characterize monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT1)-mediated transport of GHB, as well as effects of GHB on respiration frequency, for IV doses of 200, 600, and 1500 mg/kg in rats. The proposed PK/PD model for GHB consists of nonlinear metabolism of GHB in the liver, MCT1-mediated renal reabsorption with physiologically relevant concurrent fluid reabsorption, MCT1-mediated uptake into the brain, and direct effects of binding of GHB to GABAB receptors on the PD parameter, respiration frequency...
June 26, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631318/bupropion-overdose-resulted-in-a-pharmacobezoar-in-a-fatal-bupropion-wellbutrin-%C3%A2-sustained-release-overdose-postmortem-distribution-of-bupropion-and-its-major-metabolites
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Gregory Schmit, Evy De Boosere, Jessica Vanhaebost, Arnaud Capron
Bupropion (BUP) overdose commonly causes generalized seizures and central nervous system depression. The case of a 28-year-old woman who died from a massive lethal overdose with sustained-release bupropion (Wellbutrin(®) 300 mg) is herein presented. The autopsy revealed the presence of a pharmacobezoar consisting of at least 40 tablets in the stomach. Determination of bupropion and its active metabolites (hydroxybupropion, threobupropion, erythrobupropion) was achieved by a liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590391/misuse-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-a-deadly-new-trend
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Matthew P Prekupec, Peter A Mansky, Michael H Baumann
: Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most of these fatalities were associated with IMF rather than diverted pharmaceutical fentanyl...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586701/the-extent-of-and-factors-associated-with-self-reported-overdose-and-self-reported-receipt-of-naloxone-among-people-who-inject-drugs-pwid-in-england-wales-and-northern-ireland
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Charlotte O'Halloran, Katelyn Cullen, Jaquelyn Njoroge, Lucy Jessop, Josie Smith, Vivian Hope, Fortune Ncube
BACKGROUND: Overdose is a major cause of death among PWID, and for opioid overdoses naloxone administration can reduce harm. However, globally there is limited national level data on the extent of non-fatal overdose and naloxone uptake. The first national level data on the extent of self-reported overdose and self-reported receipt of naloxone among UK PWID, providing a baseline to monitor the impact of the recent policy change regarding naloxone availability, is presented. METHODS: Data on self-reported overdose and receipt of naloxone during the preceding year for 2013-2014 from a national survey of PWID was analysed...
June 3, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578864/exposure-to-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-and-overdose-risk-among-illicit-opioid-users-in-rhode-island-a-mixed-methods-study
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Jennifer J Carroll, Brandon D L Marshall, Josiah D Rich, Traci C Green
BACKGROUND: Illicit fentanyl use has become wide spread in the US, causing high rates of overdose deaths among people who use drugs. This study describes patterns and perceptions of fentanyl exposure among opioid users in Rhode Island. METHODS: A mixed methods study was conducted via questionnaire with a convenience sample of 149 individuals using illicit opioids or misusing prescription opioids in Rhode Island between January and November 2016. Of these, 121 knew of fentanyl and reported known or suspected exposure to fentanyl in the past year...
June 1, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577506/high-enhancer-downer-withdrawal-helper-multifunctional-nonmedical-benzodiazepine-use-among-young-adult-opioid-users-in-new-york-city
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Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Lauren Jessell, Elizabeth Goodbody, Dongah Kim, Krista Gile, Jennifer Teubl, Cassandra Syckes, Kelly Ruggles, Jeffrey Lazar, Sam Friedman, Honoria Guarino
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines are a widely prescribed psychoactive drug; in the U.S., both medical and nonmedical use of benzodiazepines has increased markedly in the past 15 years. Long-term use can lead to tolerance and dependence, and abrupt withdrawal can cause seizures or other life-threatening symptoms. Benzodiazepines are often used nonmedically in conjunction with other drugs, and with opioids in particular-a combination that can increase the risk for fatal and non-fatal overdose...
May 31, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506719/two-fatalities-associated-with-synthetic-opioids-ah-7921-and-mt-45
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Helena Fels, Julia Krueger, Hans Sachs, Frank Musshoff, Matthias Graw, Gabriele Roider, Andreas Stoever
In this study, two fatalities associated with the synthetic opioids AH-7921 and MT-45 are reported. Within the last few years, both compounds have emerged on the recreational drug market and are sold as "research chemicals" on the internet. In the first case, a 22-year-old woman was found dead in the bedroom of her apartment by two of her friends. A plastic bag labeled "AH-7921" was found in the apartment and the two friends stated that the deceased had consumed AH-7921 prior to her death. The woman was a known drug addict...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493270/public-health-alternatives-to-incarceration-for-drug-offenders
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Nicholas Clark, Kate Dolan, David Farabee
Drug users are vastly overrepresented in prison populations. Once inside they face increased risks of acquiring infections such as HIV, hepatitis and TB, and on release they face an elevated risk of fatal overdose. Relapse and recidivism are the norm following release from prison. The implementation of evidence-based drug treatment programmes in prison is rare, yet drug treatment in prison reduces the transmission of infections, recidivism and fatal overdose on release. Recognising the negative returns associated with incarceration, many jurisdictions have begun to consider alternatives such as depenalisation of the personal use of illicit drugs, provision of treatment and social reintegration of drug offenders, and a shift in focus from supply reduction to demand and harm reduction measures in the community and in prison...
May 1, 2017: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476268/past-year-prevalence-of-prescription-opioid-misuse-among-those-11-to-30years-of-age-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ashly E Jordan, Natalie A Blackburn, Don C Des Jarlais, Holly Hagan
BACKGROUND: There are high levels of prescription and consumption of prescription opioids in the US. Misuse of prescription opioids has been shown to be highly correlated with prescription opioid-related morbidity and mortality including fatal and non-fatal overdose. We characterized the past-year prevalence of prescription opioid misuse among those 11-30years of age in the US. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were carried out following a published protocol and PRISMA guidelines...
June 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455110/-combination-of-hemodialysis-and-hemofiltration-in-severe-caffeine-intoxication
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Eugénie Colin-Benoit, Raymond Friolet, Marco Rusca, Daniel Teta, Niels Gobin
A 21-year-old man ingested 75g of pure caffeine, in an attempt to commit suicide. This represents 7.5 times the minimal lethal dose. Caffeine, 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, is the most widely consumed psychoactive compound worldwide. It is mostly found in coffee, tea, energizing drinks and in some drugs. However, it has become really easy to obtain pure caffeine (powder or tablets) on the Internet. Mechanisms of action are dose-dependent. When caffeine overdosing occurs, neurologic, cardiovascular and renal systems are mainly affected...
May 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445501/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-in-drug-related-versus-cardiac-causes-in-ontario-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Aaron M Orkin, Chun Zhan, Jason E Buick, Ian R Drennan, Michelle Klaiman, Pamela Leece, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: Drug overdose causes approximately 183,000 deaths worldwide annually and 50,000 deaths in Canada and the United States combined. Drug-related deaths are concentrated among young people, leading to a substantial burden of disease and loss of potential life years. Understanding the epidemiology, patterns of care, and prognosis of drug-related prehospital emergencies may lead to improved outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests with drug-related and presumed cardiac causes between 2007 and 2013 using the Toronto Regional RescuNet Epistry database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425102/fatal-overdose-of-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-acid-after-ingestion-of-1-4-butanediol
#18
Erwan Le Garff, Vadim Mesli, Raphael Cornez, Christophe Demarly, Gilles Tournel, Valery Hédouin
We report a case of fatal intoxication from 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD), which was ingested by a young and "naïve" gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) consumer during a party with the co-ingestion of alcohol, cannabis, and methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine. The following drug concentrations were found using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry on autopsy samples and on a cup and a glass found at the scene: 20,350 mg/L (bottle) for 1,4-BD; 1020 mg/L (femoral blood), 3380 mg/L (cardiac blood), 47,280 mg/L (gastric content), and 570 mg/L (vitreous humor) for GHB...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406883/characteristics-of-fentanyl-overdose-massachusetts-2014-2016
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Nicholas J Somerville, Julie O'Donnell, R Matthew Gladden, Jon E Zibbell, Traci C Green, Morgan Younkin, Sarah Ruiz, Hermik Babakhanlou-Chase, Miranda Chan, Barry P Callis, Janet Kuramoto-Crawford, Henry M Nields, Alexander Y Walley
Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts increased 150% from 2012 to 2015 (1). The proportion of opioid overdose deaths in the state involving fentanyl, a synthetic, short-acting opioid with 50-100 times the potency of morphine, increased from 32% during 2013-2014 to 74% in the first half of 2016 (1-3). In April 2015, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and CDC reported an increase in law enforcement fentanyl seizures in Massachusetts, much of which was believed to be illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (4)...
April 14, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405999/near-fatal-poisoning-by-isoniazid-and-rifampicin
#20
Arun Agarwal, Samiksha Sharma, Ritu Bansal, Meghraj Meena, Mala Airun
Since six decades, Isoniazid and Rifampicin are used as first line drugs for treatment of tuberculosis. The minimum acute lethal or toxic dose of Rifampicin is not well established. However, non-fatal acute overdoses in adults have been reported with doses ranging from 9 to 12 gm and fatal acute overdoses with doses ranging from 14 to 60 gm. Isoniazid, if acutely ingested, even 1.5 to 2 gram may cause toxicity in adults. We report a case of Pott's spine on ATT, who took massive overdose of Rifampicin (>18 gm) and Isoniazid (>12 gm) and reported late (almost 36 hours) after ingestion...
December 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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