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2013-02-01 13:16:03

Educational program key to addressing the epidemic of opioid overdoses Overdoses of opioid drugs are a major cause of emergency hospital admissions and preventable death in many countries. In Massachusetts, annual opioid-related overdose deaths have exceeded motor vehicle deaths since 2005, so several strategies have been introduced to tackle this growing problem. For example, overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs train drug users, their families and friends, and...

2012-10-15 16:11:19

A joint study by University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Emergency Medicine and Cincinnati Children´s Hospital Medical Center researchers has found that, in contrast to popular opinion, major holidays are associated with a lower number of suicide attempts by poisoning. The study found that holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving may actually be protective against suicide attempts, possibly due to the increased family or social support structures present around those times. In...

Nonprescription Misuse On The Rise
2012-10-05 06:03:20

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online With pharmaceuticals becoming more and more accessible, medication overdose appears to be a rising concern throughout the world. Researchers have found that overdose is related to both nonprescription drugs and prescription drugs. Studies have shown that there are a number of reasons overdose occurs and many medical experts believe that these studies will help them better understand the trends that are occurring. One study from...

2012-09-29 23:04:06

The recently released statistic that prescription drug overdoses are now the #1 accidental killer in San Diego County didn´t make much of a news ripple, but attorney Stacey Patterson, who specializes in professional license and criminal defense, certainly took note. She often reflects on the issue of substance abuse among professionals, and has identified some possible reasons for it, number one being the fact that prescription drug users don´t have the ability to...

2012-08-17 06:08:59

Overdose has surpassed car accidents as leading cause of death in Rhode Island, Connecticut A Rhode Island Hospital researcher has found that the use of electronic prescription drug monitoring programs (PMPs) may have a significant impact on the demand for drug treatment programs and how prescribers detect and respond to abuse of painkillers. The study by Traci C. Green, Ph.D., MSc, research scientist in Rhode Island Hospital's department of general internal medicine, is published online...

Serious Illness And Death Found In Children Who Were Given Codeine
2012-08-16 13:12:11

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently stated that a few children who were given codeine, a pain reliever, after surgery may have developed serious breathing problems that lead to death. The FDA first learned about the issue from perusing articles in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 as well as the journal Pediatrics in 2012. According to My Health News Daily, the FDA stated that it would begin reviewing...

2012-08-09 10:39:45

National audit of antidote stocking in acute hospitals in the UK There is "substantial variation" in the stocks of essential antidotes used to treat various types of life threatening poisoning incidents in UK acute hospitals, finds research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. National guidance produced jointly by the National Poisons Information Service and the College of Emergency Medicine in 2008 recommends the stocking of 29 antidotes at every hospital with an emergency...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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