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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119924/deaths-in-the-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-united-kingdom-communities-associated-with-ghb-and-precursors
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John M Corkery, Barbara Loi, Hugh Claridge, Christine Goodair, Fabrizio Schifano
Background Misuse of gammahydroxybutrate (GHB) and its prodrugs gammabutyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4 butanediol (1,4-BD) has increased greatly since the early 1990s, particularly amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in recreational and sexual settings, e.g. 'chemsex'. Objective and method This paper presents an overview of GHB pharmacotoxicology and provides analyses of cases in the LGBT population associated with use of these substances extracted from the UK's National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths database, to which notification is voluntary...
November 8, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091525/measurement-of-chronic-pain-and-opioid-use-evaluation-in-community-based-persons-with-serious-illnesses
#2
Kathleen Puntillo, Ramana K Naidu
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain associated with serious illnesses is having a major impact on population health in the United States. Accountability for high quality care for community-dwelling patients with serious illnesses requires selection of metrics that capture the burden of chronic pain whose treatment may be enhanced or complicated by opioid use. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate options for assessing pain in seriously ill community dwelling adults, to discuss the use/abuse of opioids in individuals with chronic pain, and to suggest pain and opioid use metrics that can be considered for screening and evaluation of patient responses and quality care...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049118/risk-factors-for-opioid-use-disorder-and-overdose
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REVIEW
Lynn R Webster
Opioid analgesics are recognized as a legitimate medical therapy for selected patients with severe chronic pain that does not respond to other therapies. However, opioids are associated with risks for patients and society that include misuse, abuse, diversion, addiction, and overdose deaths. Therapeutic success depends on proper candidate selection, assessment before administering opioid therapy, and close monitoring throughout the course of treatment. Risk assessment and prevention include knowledge of patient factors that may contribute to misuse, abuse, addiction, suicide, and respiratory depression...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049111/risk-management-for-opioid-prescribing-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-pain-from-cancer-or-terminal-illness-inadvertent-oversight-or-taboo
#4
David J Copenhaver, Nicolas B Karvelas, Scott M Fishman
As the United States experiences an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and guidelines on safe practices in prescribing opioids in chronic pain have subsequently emerged from professional organizations and governmental agencies, limited guidance exists for prescribers of opioids to treat pain in patients with cancer or terminal illness. Patients with active cancer or terminal illness often have pain and are frequently prescribed opioids and other controlled substances. Current studies suggest that patients with cancer have similar rates of risk for misuse, abuse, and addiction as the general public...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987069/is-zebrafish-danio-rerio-a-tool-for-human-like-metabolism-study
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Carina de Souza Anselmo, Vinicius Figueiredo Sardela, Bernardo Fonseca Matias, Amanda Reis de Carvalho, Valeria Pereira de Sousa, Henrique Marcelo Gualberto Pereira, Francisco Radler de Aquino Neto
One of the greatest challenges in anti-doping science is the large number of substances available and the difficulty in finding the best analytical targets for detecting their misuse. Therefore, metabolism studies involving prohibited substances are fundamental. However, metabolism studies in humans could face an important ethical bottleneck, especially for non-approved substances. An emerging model for metabolism assessment is the zebrafish, due to its genetic similarities with humans. In the present study, the ability of adult zebrafish to produce metabolites of sibutramine and stanozolol, substances with well-known metabolism that are widely used as doping agents in sports, was evaluated...
October 7, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985090/policies-to-mitigate-nonmedical-use-of-prescription-medications-how-should-emerging-evidence-of-gabapentin-misuse-be-addressed
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Alyssa M Peckham, Kathleen A Fairman, David A Sclar
Over the past decade, increased prescription supply has facilitated an epidemic of nonmedical use of controlled substances, including predominantly opioids, as well as benzodiazepines, z-hypnotics, and stimulants. Areas covered: More recently, misuse of noncontrolled prescriptions, such as gabapentin, has been detected. Gabapentin misuse has been associated with drug-related harm and increased healthcare service utilization in a few studies, including a recent large-sample analysis of commercially insured enrollees in the United States (U...
October 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981581/systematic-review-to-determine-which-validated-measurement-tools-can-be-used-to-assess-risk-of-problematic-analgesic-use-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
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R Lawrence, D Mogford, L Colvin
Misuse of prescription opioids, and other drugs prescribed for chronic pain, has increased, with major concerns about harm. This review was undertaken to identify validated measurement tools for risk assessment and monitoring of chronic non-cancer pain patients being considered for, or currently prescribed, analgesic drugs with abuse potential.Selected databases (Embase, Medline, Cochrane library/CENTRAL, PsycINFO, PubMed, CINAHL) were systematically searched for studies evaluating tools for risk of analgesic misuse, either before, or during, analgesic therapy for chronic pain, using predetermined inclusion/exclusion criteria...
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966393/exploring-relationships-between-delinquent-peer-groups-participation-in-delinquency-substance-abuse-and-injecting-drug-use-among-the-incarcerated-findings-from-a-national-sample-of-state-and-federal-inmates-in-the-united-states
#8
Phillip Marotta
The following study assesses the relationship between affiliating with delinquent peer groups, participation in delinquency, and several substance misuse and injecting drug use outcomes in a nationally representative sample of inmates in state and federal facilities in the United States. After controlling for potential confounders, affiliating with peers who engaged in deviant behaviors and participation in delinquency was associated with onset of alcohol and illicit drug use, substance dependence, alcohol dependence, types of substances used, and injecting drug use outcomes...
2017: Journal of Drug Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953820/study-on-the-prescribing-patterns-of-antipsychotic-medication-in-a-rural-england-community-mental-health-team
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Madhavan Seshadri, Ahmed Elsemary, Madhusudan Deepak Thalitaya, Lawrence Chikodzore, Priya Nagalingam
INTRODUCTION: Providing comprehensive services for about 400 patients in the South Herefordshire area, the community mental health team manages cases of varying severity and complexity, ranging from Schizophrenia, to neuroses and disorders of adult personality. Antipsychotic medication remains a mainstay of treatment and management for patients under the team case load; hence a need exists for a detailed look into the prescription patterns of such medications. AIM: The aim of this study was to look into the prescribing patterns of antipsychotics for a sample of 50 patients in the South Herefordshire community team during the year of 2016 (from Jan 2016 to Dec 2016), as well as investigate whether these antipsychotics were licensed to be used for the corresponding diagnoses of these patients...
September 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921667/polysubstance-use-among-adolescents-in-a-low-income-rural-community-latent-classes-for-middle-and-high-school-students
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Roderick A Rose, Caroline B R Evans, Paul R Smokowski, Matthew O Howard, Katie L Stalker
PURPOSE: Rural communities are currently being impacted by a nationwide epidemic of prescription opioid misuse. Rural adolescent substance users may be at substantial risk for later addiction to these and other drugs. METHODS: This study uses Latent Class Analysis to identify subtypes of polysubstance users among a sample of 7,074 rural adolescents. Separate models were estimated for middle- and high-school youth. Predictive validity was estimated using cumulative ordinal logistic regression of the classes on a set of youth and family characteristics...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910174/family-and-peer-group-substance-abuse-as-a-risk-factor-for-opioid-misuse-behaviors-for-a-young-adult-with-cancer-related-pain-a-case-study
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Kelly R Peck, Jennifer L Harman, Doralina L Anghelescu
The purpose of this report is to illustrate the importance of assessing for family, peer, and personal substance abuse risk factors in the case of a young adult with cancer-related pain and behaviors potentially indicative of opioid misuse (OM). A thorough clinical interview and an OM screening measure revealed important information about the patient's family and social environment. Based on this information, the treatment team acted quickly to prevent additional aberrant opioid-associated behaviors (AOBs)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900353/brain-doping-stimulants-use-and-misuse-among-a-sample-of-italian-college-students
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REVIEW
S Majori, D Gazzani, S Pilati, J Paiano, A Sannino, S Ferrari, E Checchin
INTRODUCTION: The non-medical use of prescription stimulants (NMUPS) has become the subject of great interest for its diffusion among university students, who abuse these substances to cope with the increasing load of academic stress. NMUPS has been widely investigated in the U.S. due to its increasing trend; this behavior, however, has also been reported in Europe. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine stimulants misuse in a Northern Italian geographic area, identifying possible developments of the phenomenon in Italy...
June 2017: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893747/the-health-and-well-being-of-australia-s-future-medical-doctors-protocol-for-a-5-year-observational-cohort-study-of-medical-trainees
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Erin Cvejic, Gordon Parker, Samuel B Harvey, Zachery Steel, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Claire L Macnamara, Uté Vollmer-Conna
INTRODUCTION: Clinical training in the undergraduate medical course places multiple stressors on trainees, which have been held to lead to heightened distress, depression, suicide, substance misuse/abuse and poor mental health outcomes. To date, evidence for morbidity in trainees is largely derived from cross-sectional survey-based research. This limits the accuracy of estimates and the extent to which predispositional vulnerabilities (biological and/or psychological), contextual triggers and longer-term consequences can be validly identified...
September 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887348/population-health-management-in-a-small-health-system-impact-of-controlled-substance-stewardship-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
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Felicity A E Homsted, Chelsea E Magee, Noah Nesin
PURPOSE: The success of a patient-centered medical home in providing population health management (PHM) services through controlled substance stewardship is described. SUMMARY: In 2013, Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), in Bangor, Maine, was fully engulfed in the prescription opioid crisis. At PCHC, patients' opioid doses were startlingly high. Within the organization, measures to ensure that prescriptions were being used as prescribed, and not diverted, were underutilized...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884614/characteristics-of-inmates-who-misuse-prescription-medication
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Anthony C Tamburello, Archana Kathpal, Rusty Reeves
Substance use disorders are common among incarcerated individuals, and prescribed medications have been reported as abused, diverted, or otherwise misused in correctional settings. We conducted a retrospective chart review of electronic medical records and reports on institutional charges for misuse of authorized medication by inmates in the New Jersey Department of Corrections between 2003 and 2013. The most frequently cited medications for misuse were gabapentin, diphenhydramine, clonidine, and ibuprofen...
October 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882458/opioid-prescribing-education-in-surgical-residencies-a-program-director-survey
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Brian K Yorkgitis, Elizabeth Bryant, Desiree Raygor, Gabriel Brat, Douglas S Smink, Marie Crandall
BACKGROUND: Opioid abuse and misuse is a public health crisis. A national effort to reduce this phenomenon is ongoing. Residents represent a large pool of opioid prescribers but, are often not the target for opioid prescribing education (OPE). We developed a survey to assess current opioid prescribing practices and education among surgical residents. STUDY DESIGN: An Institutional Review Board and Association of Program Directors in Surgery approved survey was electronically mailed to surgical program directors (PDs)...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865800/the-role-of-continuing-medical-education-in-increasing-enrollment-in-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs
#17
John T Finnell, Robert K Twillman, Stephanie A Breslan, Jan Schultz, Lyerka Miller
PURPOSE: Opioid diversion, misuse, and abuse are rapidly growing problems in the United States; >60% of all drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. At least 49 states now have fully operational prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to support legitimate medical use of controlled substances; however, there is considerable underutilization of such programs. METHODS: To increase awareness of PDMPs and their use, a continuing medical education program including 2 webcasts and a series of newsletters was offered to health care providers...
August 30, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853974/the-impact-of-individual-level-social-capital-in-non-medical-use-of-pain-medications-among-individuals-50-years-or-older-from-diverse-racial-ethnic-backgrounds
#18
Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo, Myra Rosen-Reynoso
OBJECTIVES: In 2014, there were 21.5 million Americans (12 years old or older) that had a substance abuse disorder and almost 2 million of them had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers (SAMHSA, 2014). The misuse of non-medical pain medication (NMPM) is a significant public health problem. This study examines the impact of individual-level social capital in non-medical use of pain medications (NMPM) among individuals 50 years or older. METHODS: Data from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (n = 11,146) was analyzed using bivariate analysis and logistic regression analysis...
August 30, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821312/opioid-misuse-epidemic-addressing-opioid-prescribing-and-organization-initiatives-for-holistic-safe-and-compassionate-care
#19
Madeline Naegle, Ann M Mitchell, Margaret Flinter, Lynne Dunphy, Patricia Vanhook, Kathleen R Delaney
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July 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810975/adaptation-of-screening-brief-intervention-referral-to-treatment-to-active-duty-military-personnel-in-an-emergency-department-findings-from-a-formative-research-study
#20
Megan Holt, Mark Reed, Susan I Woodruff, Gerard DeMers, Michael Matteucci, Suzanne L Hurtado
BACKGROUND: The transient nature of military life coupled with environmental and psychosocial stressors increase the risk for alcohol misuse and abuse among active duty (AD) military service members and recent epidemiological studies demonstrate high rates of heavy drinking among AD personnel. Over the past decade, Department of Defense health care systems have observed increases in the utilization of substance use services among military personnel demobilizing from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom...
July 2017: Military Medicine
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