Medications

Non-Rx fentanyl up in urine tests positive for other drugs

(HealthDay)—An increasing number of urine drug test (UDT) results positive for cocaine or methamphetamine are also positive for nonprescribed fentanyl, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open.

Medications

Vaccine shows lasting effects against fentanyl addiction in rats

A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These results suggest that the vaccine may ...

Medications

Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in West Virginia, researchers say

If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso. Just as a miniscule cup of espresso can hype you up more than a whole mug of coffee, a single exposure to fentanyl can get a user vastly higher than injecting the same volume of ...

Medications

Canada opioid deaths top 10,000

More than 10,000 Canadians have died of opioid-related overdoses since a public health crisis erupted in 2016, according to new data released Wednesday.

Medications

China to regulate all fentanyl drugs as controlled substance

China said Monday it would begin regulating all fentanyl-related drugs as a class of controlled substances, in a change U.S. officials had long advocated as a way to stem the flow of lethal opioids from China.

Medications

Fentanyl-linked deaths: The opioid epidemic's third wave

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there's an especially steep ...

Medications

Overdose deaths from fentanyl soaring: report

(HealthDay)—The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday.

Addiction

Heroin users aware of fentanyl, but at high risk of overdosing

Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the highly dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to a new study led ...

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