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Fentanyl: Accidental Ingestion

Fentanyl: Accidental Ingestion  Fentanyl has a long history of use as a synthetic narcotic analgesic as well as a drug of abuse. “Fentanyl may increase the patient’s tolerance for pain and decrease the perception of suffering, although the presence of the pain itself may still be recognized.”2 It is sold under the brand names such[…]

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New Psychoactive Substances (UNODC World Drug Report 2013)

New Psychoactive Substances (UNODC World Drug Report 2013) New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (aka Designer Drugs) reported to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have increased from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012 (> 50% increase). “For the first time, the number of NPS actually exceeded the total number of[…]

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Designer Drugs: N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazine (TFMPP)

Designer Drugs: N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazine (TFMPP) With the influx of designer drugs readily available via Internet sources laboratories across the United States are seeing an increase in cases containing these substances. N-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and 1-(3-trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazine (TFMPP) are phenylpiperazine analogues and just two of the numerous compounds available that are often referred to as[…]

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Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials (RIAT) Proposal

Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials (RIAT) Proposal Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials (RIAT) proposal published in the British Medical Journal suggests that all clinical trials including those that are abandoned or considered “invisible” be published.1 “Invisible trials are those that have never been published. Abandoned trials are unpublished trials that sponsors are no longer actively[…]

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Massachusetts Opioid Abuse/Misuse-The Preventable

Massachusetts Opioid Abuse/Misuse-The Preventable Opioid abuse and misuse is a growing trend around the globe and in New England it is certainly an issue that needs more attention. As previously shared, this month the National Safety Council hosted a symposium “Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses: A National Strategy” in Atlanta to address the growing prescription drug[…]

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Methadone and Prescription Overdose Deaths

Methadone and Prescription Overdose Deaths “Almost one-third of prescription painkiller overdose deaths involve methadone. Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before.”- “Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Methadone.”- Centers for Disease Control Use of Methadone results in approximately 30% of the prescription overdose deaths annually however only 2% of painkiller[…]