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Harm reduction groups are calling on the Biden administration to make the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone available to them over-the-counter, NPR reports. Currently, naloxone is a prescription drug. These groups must meet a series of requirements to purchase naloxone from drug companies.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Wednesday announced a $30 million harm reduction program to help address the nation’s substance use and overdose epidemic, Newsweek reports.
More than 10% of patients who receive a pacemaker or other implantable cardiac device and fill an opioid prescription after surgery consistently take the medication for months afterwards, a new study finds. This raises the potential for addiction, researchers report in the journal Circulation.
More than 100,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses from May 2020 to April 2021 — an increase of 28.5% from the same period a year earlier, according to new government data. The deaths are a new record high, HealthDay reports.
Experiencing adversity in childhood — such as growing up in a household where there was substance use, violence or mental illness — is linked with an increased risk of poor mental and physical health later in life, a new study concludes.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package expected to be signed soon by President Biden includes a provision requiring automakers to include new technology to prevent drunk driving, the Associated Press reports.