Poisoning & Drug Dependence Resource Center

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Are High-Dose Opioid Prescriptions to Blame ...

A new study has found that 71% of patients who overdosed on opioid prescription painkillers were given higher doses than similar patients who had lower dose prescriptions.

Screening Tool May Help Curb Opioid ...

A recent study published in The Journal of Pain evaluated the effectiveness of a brief self-assessment tool called the Opioid Compliance Checklist (OCC) in identifying adherence, or misuse, among patients prescribed opioids.

Review: Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol-Use Disorders

Two large-scale research summaries on alcohol use disorder (AUD) have been released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

More Bunavail Coming Soon

BioDelivery Sciences announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film.

Burning Incense a Health Hazard?

Use of incense indoors may have detrimental health consequences, according to a new study.

Many Overdoses Not From Chronic Use

Current guidelines for appropriate prescribing of opioid pain medications often focus on chronic users of these drugs, but these recommendations may be missing patients with acute and intermittent use of low-dose opioids who are also at a risk of opioid overdose.

First Marijuana-Linked Death in Colorado

U.S. health officials on Thursday revisited the first reported marijuana-linked death in Colorado since voters there legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012.

State Raises Smoking Age to 21

Opponents state that it is unfair that 18-year-olds can serve in the military but not have the freedom to smoke if they do choose.


CDC Warns of Counterfeit Opioid Poisoning Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on a case where two patients presented to the emergency department in Contra Costa County, CA, suffering from a counterfeit Norco (hydrocodone, acetaminophen) intoxication.

Significant Increase in Child Poisoning From Household Products

A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent packets, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, according to a report published online in Pediatrics.

Smoking Cessation Drugs Evaluated for Neuropsychiatric Safety

New trial data may alleviate some concerns regarding the smoking cessation medications varenline, bupropion and nicotine patches and the risk of neuropsych events.

Early Mortality Associated with Heavy Cannabis Use During Teen Years

Men who were heavy cannabis smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use cannabis when they were young, according to a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Can Watercress Combat the Toxic Effects of Smoking?

Watercress extract was shown to reduce the activation of carcinogens caused by smoking by 7.7%, in a new randomized trial.

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