Training: Addressing the Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Role of Prevention

When 08/15/2018 8:30 am - 4:30 pm   Speaker Mitch Moore   Cost Free   Description Prevention plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, yet engaging in efforts to prevent opioid overdose specifically may be new territory for many prevention practitioners. To support efforts in this area, prevention practitioners must understand the factors that increase an individual’s risk for overdose, as well as the range of prevention strategies available to address these factors. Thus, after defining opioid overdose as a growing public health problem, this in-person training will provide an overview of the factors known to elevate risk for opioid overdose and introduce interventions shown to lower that risk (e.g., naloxone access strategies). The training will also include opportunities for […]

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Panola County sues opioid manufacturers, joining growing list of East Texas plaintiffs

By: Meredith Shamburger - Longview News-Journal   CARTHAGE — Panola County has joined a growing list of East Texas counties that are suing opioid manufacturers, claiming they misled doctors and created an ongoing public health and safety crisis.   A federal lawsuit on behalf of the county, filed May 16, says opioid manufacturers “downplayed the serious risk of addiction; promoted and exaggerated the concept of ‘pseudoaddiction’ thereby advocating that the signs of addiction should be treated with more opioids; exaggerated the effectiveness of screening tools in preventing addiction; claimed that opioid dependence and withdrawal are easily managed; denied the risks of higher opioid dosages; and exaggerated the effectiveness of ‘abuse-deterrent’ opioid formulations to prevent abuse and addiction.”   Panola County […]

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Seniors More Likely to Fall When Taking Opioids After Hospital Treatment: Study

Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids, according to a new study.   While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, those who had filled an opioid prescription within two weeks preceding their injuries were 2.4 times more likely to have suffered a fall.   "Taking opioids is like drinking alcohol" and there are side effects, according to lead study author Dr. Raoul Daoust. It’s important to remind people to use caution.   Elderly people who are prescribed opioids should be encouraged to take as few as they need and be […]

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Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report. The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use. Each additional week of opioid use increased the risk for addiction or nonfatal overdose by 20 percent, the study found. Each additional refill increased the risk by 44 percent. The first refill more than doubled the risk, according to the study. Dosage proved to be far less of a risk factor for addiction or overdose, defined by the researchers as misuse. In fact, the study authors said that […]

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Did You Know?

  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, consistent marijuana use that starts in adolescence is associated with a loss of IQ points in the early adult years.