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Fentanyl Test Strips: The Controversial New Tool to Fight Overdoses

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Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern A new test strip that determines whether a street drug has been laced with fentanyl is being met with praise and skepticism. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used as a pain reliever, is now the deadliest drug in America. It is a drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and was linked to nearly 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016. Fentanyl produces a powerful high and a small amount can cause a fatal overdose. It is cheap and sometimes mixed into street drugs without a buyer’s knowledge. An even bigger issue is the fact that heroin and fentanyl look nearly identical. A user never fully knows what they are taking and given the potency, it’s deadly. Fentanyl test strips were originally developed by Canadian biotechnology company BTNX. Its purpose is to reduce harm associated with drug use by offering clients the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 1, 2019

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Artificial intelligence could help screen trauma patients who misuse alcohol Researchers have found an artificial intelligence method that may soon be used to identify trauma patients who have misused alcohol. Learn More   Insurers Making It Harder to Treat Opioid Addiction: Study Insurance rules that limit access to the addiction treatment medication buprenorphine may be worsening the U.S. opioid epidemic, a new study suggests. Learn More   More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s A new program will provide up to $75,000 of student loan relief for health care providers working on substance use disorders Learn More   Opioid prescriptions for pets surge, mirroring human crisis More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say. Learn More   Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose...
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The Statistics are Still Scary. But Recovery is Possible

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A week or so ago I received an email that provided some startling statistics. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 individuals to overdoses. There was a three and a half-fold increase in cocaine overdoses since 2010. And opiates were responsible for almost 30,000 deaths. While these numbers are sobering, I also know that there are millions of individuals who are in treatment right now, and millions more who are now in recovery and living full and hectic lives. And that’s where the focus of this month’s column is about. Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family members...
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