On May 20, 42 individuals, including Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, attended the combined Howard County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board (ADAAB) and the county’s Opioid Coalition meeting to hear national and state opioid misuse data. It was presented by Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Read More
The American College of Preventive Medicine provides information supporting Use, Abuse, Misuse and Disposal of Prescription Pain Medication Time Tool including terminology clarification, use and abuse trends, the economic burden, and roles of both patients and physicians in prescribing pain medication.
To read the detailed report, go to http://www.acpm.org/?UseAbuseRxClinRef
By the time Steve Schuh took office late last year as the new Anne Arundel County Executive, he was well aware of the horrors of the local opioid market. He’d heard the stories about the continual overdoses. He was aware of the news reports. He’d conferred with the county’s police force and its health department about its magnitude.Read More
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers.
For the full article, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heroin/index.html
ARPO: Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids
Did you know that legally prescribed opioid narcotics are pharmaceutical-grade heroin produced in a laboratory? If you had no idea, you are not alone; in fact many doctors are not trained in pharmacology and base their decision to prescribe an opioid on information they receive from the manufacturer of the drug.
To read more, go to http://www.rxreform.org/prescription-opioids/similarities-to-heroin/
By Sam Quinones, The New York Times
Sunday Review - Opinion
FATAL heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities.
If these deaths are the measure, we are arguably in the middle of our worst drug plague ever, apart from cigarettes and alcohol.
Click here to read the story.