October 30, 2017
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year there were approximately 64,000 fatal drug overdoses, most of them from opioids. Research from Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston has showed the effectiveness of using naloxone in saving lives in overdose cases. When reviewing the emergency records in Massachusetts, it was seen that 93.5% of people survived their overdoses when naloxone was given. More than 12,000 doses were given in the period from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.
The sobering statistic was that only 84.3% of those who overdosed were still alive a year later. About 35% of those who died, died from another overdose. This shows that the naloxone is effective in preventing deaths of an overdose, but we are not addressing the continued drug use and its associated overdose risk.
The most effective approach after treating the overdose would be to make an immediate referral to a treatment center or to have an addiction specialist see the patient in the emergency room. Initiating buprenorphine therapy in the emergency room is also a possible treatment approach.
October 25, 2017
A study released by Arizona State University showed that simply talking to your children will help deter them from drug use. The study interviewed 3000 students in Ohio and Pennsylvania, who were in the seventh and eighth grade. They were questioned about the use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, these being the most commonly used substances in this age group. Most of the students stated that they had talked to their parents about drug use. The ones who did not have the conversation reported that they had already experimented with the substances.
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