Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 413
This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl).
About 29 million Americans use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain. Every year in the United States, NSAID use is attributed to approximately 100,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths.
Most states have had their PDMP programs up and running for ten years at an average cost to tax payers of $1 billion per year. For this cost, the most valuable data published from these programs for public consumption are number of prescriptions written per year, with a claim that reductions in these numbers are a major contributor in reducing opioid overdoses and OUD.
Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 384
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are investigating recent increases in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states across the U.S. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to: (1) alert public health departments, health care providers, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to the possibility of additional increases in other jurisdictions, (2) provide recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks and (3) encourage states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Researchers have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment. The next step is to perform extensive safety tests in rodents and pigs, and then move to human patients suffering chronic pain within the next five years.
Purdue University researchers have come up with a way of digitally encrypting drugs to stump counterfeiters, an edible “security tag” embedded into medicine. To imitate the drug, a counterfeiter would have to uncrack a complicated puzzle of patterns not fully visible to the naked eye.
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Tami Luhby, CNN – Monday, he claimed credit for being “the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare” in a tweet blasting an ad by former New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg that attacks the President’s record on health care.
After reading thousands of articles and opinions since 2000, on what caused the opioid crisis I fail to see any single cause or primary contributor. The majority of us contributed to how we got here. Through a trillion times a trillion individual choices, whether by action or inaction, by intent or ignorance, this is a problem of government, industry and it’s citizenry, there are few innocents, so ultimately it’s a problem not just with our systems but with our humanity.
This update on trends reflects changes on how chronic pain has been viewed and managed as America’s struggle with opioids continues. It’s often insightful to look back at how our government viewed chronic pain and compare that to how they have responded. This report from the CDC published thirteen years ago in 2006 stands in stark contrast to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management, at a time when anti-opioid zealots had clearly gotten the upper hand. More importantly is how our healthcare system has responded, indicating what appears to be an effort to cherry pick the data which fits an ideological point of view. New concerns are rising for America’s elderly as the use of non-opioid chemical restraints increases for managing behavior which in some cases, is due in part to chronic pain.