2020 Drug Overdoses Were “Horrifying”

August 31, 2021 Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorNational Institute on Drug Abuse The provisional drug overdose death statistics for 2020 confirmed the addiction field’s worst fears. More people died of overdoses in the United States last year than in any other one-year period in our history. More than 93,000 people died. The increase from the …

Illegal Pills: An Overlooked Threat

A Joint Project by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and the Partnership For Safe Medicines. This Article was Originally Posted to opioidlibrary.org. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For less than $500, an individual with ill intent can purchase a pill press and a counterfeit pill mold that allows them to turn …

The Opioid Issue: Part 5

Part Five: Troubling Vital Signs The opioid epidemic is straining America's health care and treatment resources, while opening the door for unscrupulous fraudsters to make money off those struggling to overcome addiction. How much more can emergency rooms handle? The most recent numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spanning 45 …

COUNTERFEIT OXYCODONE WARNING!

COUNTERFEIT PAIN PILLS CONTAINING DANGEROUS SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS! Originally posted July 18, 2017 National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/ Health and safety agencies in Iowa have issued an advisory to warn Iowans of counterfeit pain pills containing dangerous synthetic opioids. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) laboratory analyzed pills made to resemble the prescription pain …

The Role of Science in Addiction

SPECIAL REPORT From the New England Journal of Medicine May 31, 2017 By Nora D. Volkow, M.D, and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Opioid misuse and addiction is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis, requiring innovative scientific solutions. In response, and because no existing medication is ideal for every patient, the National Institutes …

Opioid Use Disorders and Suicide

The following is a guest blog taken verbatim from the monthly blog post of Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse published April 20, 2017. "At a Congressional briefing on April 6, the President of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Maria Oquendo, presented startling data about the opioid overdose epidemic and the role suicide …

How Heroin Kills

The following information appeared in The Sunday Item, April 3, 2016, Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Teresa Stoker gently pulls a sterling silver necklace from beneath the neck of her gray sweatshirt and holds it out beyond her chin. Ashes of 27-year-old Mark Stoker are piled inside a tiny cylinder, strung next to an imprint of her youngest …

Crucial New Guidance on Opioids and Pain

From the blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse April 6, 2016 Millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorders involving prescription pain medications, and each day more than 40 people fatally overdose on them. Although these medications have a legitimate and important role in the treatment of severe acute pain …

Opiate Epidemic

The following are excerpts from the cover story in National Review dated February 29, 2016, titled From Oxy to Overdose: How Prescription-Drug Abuse Unleashed a Heroin Epidemic, by Kevin D. Williamson. Ground Zero in the opiate epidemic isn't in some exotic Taliban-managed poppy field or some cartel boss's fortified compound. It's right there at Walgreen's, …

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