Genetics is about probability, the more genetic markers you have for a disease or condition, the higher the probability. With 19 new genetic variants found, all linked to problematic drinking, the easier it will be for doctors to say, yes you have the disease or no you don’t. More importantly, in families with a history of substance abuse, we can identify at-risk individuals sooner and educate them from an early age that if they start down this path, they may never make it back before losing everything, maybe even their lives.
Once again the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrated they are more politically driven than science-driven when they acknowledged on Friday they had mixed together results from viral and antibody tests on its website, elevating the number of tests performed to check for infected individuals.
China’s crackdown on makers of the drug, which has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, may have simply created opportunities for crime syndicates elsewhere. …
Again the CDC demonstrates it is no longer driven primarily by science but by politics as the White House has put a stranglehold on the CDC’s ability to perform its primary directive, that of protecting the health of Americans. As covered in a previous post, the White House forbade the CDC from using certain words when addressing the public on its mission, one of those words being science. Facts such as this have been more than evident for those who have HIV and became a death sentence for some chronic pain patients with the publication of the CDC’s 2016 Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management. Now in the face of the worst medical crisis in our lifetime, one which doesn’t target minority or marginalized groups, the White House is doing it again, putting political gains ahead of the lives of US citizens. The only thing different from those previously mentioned is the COVID-19 virus which doesn’t target groups with specific ideological differences and this time the White House’s efforts don’t benefit any group, they only benefit one person.
CDC study raises questions on the need for continued efforts to reduce the supply side of prescribed opioids and the continued funding of PDMP programs.
Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths with Fentanyl or Fentanyl Analogs Detected in 28 States and the District of Columbia, July 2016–December 2018
Approximately two-thirds of the 70,237 U.S. drug overdose deaths reported in 2017 involved opioids. Since 2013, opioid-involved overdose deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl has sharply increased. Fentanyl analogs are structurally similar to fentanyl but vary in potency, are primarily illicitly distributed, and require specific postmortem toxicology testing for detection. Deaths involving fentanyl analogs, particularly carfentanil, increased in 10 states during 2016–2017 and often co-occurred with fentanyl.
There is a moral in this story which our Federal and State governments would be wise to embrace, that moral is, the lack of funding for the use of opioids in treating chronic pain, using data from opiate naive patients, first-time users of opioids or small studies of less than a 1,000 patients, is not science at all, it’s a joke. Now there’s scientific evidence to back up such a claim.
Dr. Anahi Ortiz, Franklin County Coroner, is committed to drawing attention to opioid overdose deaths, and TV 10 Columbus to reporting it, and rightly so, it’s a plague of a different kind. But something is missing from the regular updates and that’s data from Ohio’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Since 2010 Ohio has collected data on every controlled substance prescribed and sold in the state, at a cost of just over $1 billion a year to taxpayers. Yet no data is cross-referenced against these overdose deaths to tell Ohioans how many of these deaths come from prescription medication. Now after reducing prescribing by more than 30%, we’re starting to see where those overdose deaths are coming from, illegal and illicit opioids sold on the street. It may be an indirect inference, but these numbers don’t lie unless those behind them are lying to us.
I tell myself I have a pretty good handle on what it’s like to be an addict, to recover from addiction and what ultimately kills the addict in the long run. My perceptions and informed sense of objectivity come from living with an addict for more than…
Summary What is already known about this topic? During 1999–2017, the rate of drug overdose deaths nationally approximately tripled; approximately 70,000 overdose deaths occurred nationally in 2017, with nearly 68% involving an opioid. What is added by this report? Using toxicology data, New York City identified fentanyl in 2% of…