The smoking of fentanyl is rising in San Francisco: A deadly new risk for overdose
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Published May 23, 2024 | Originally published on MedicalXpress Breaking News-and-Events Now that smoking has replaced injecting as the most common way to consume fentanyl, UCSF researchers have uncovered an increased risk of fatal overdose from the residue that accumulates in smoking equipment. The researchers found that people both shared fentanyl resin and consumed it accidentally. This may be increasing the risk of overdose, especially among those who use the equipment to smoke other drugs, like methamphetamine, and have not developed tolerance to opi ..read more
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Over 115 million pills containing illicit fentanyl seized by law enforcement in 2023
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Published May 14, 2024 | Originally published on NIH News News Release Monday, May 13, 2024 Over 115 million pills containing illicit fentanyl seized by law enforcement in 2023NIH-supported study highlights increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply, risk of pills not coming from a pharmacy. Law enforcement seizures of illicit fentanyl increased dramatically in number and size between 2017 to 2023 in the U.S., especially in pill form, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Th ..read more
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Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
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​The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics), in covered health programs or activities. 42 U.S.C. 18116. Where can I find more information? OCR has issued a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) advancing protections against discrimination in health care. Read the final rule Section 1557 Fact Sheet (available in 17 languages) S ..read more
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1 in 3 LGBTQ adults say they’ve been treated unfairly by a health care provider
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​Nearly Nearly one-quarter of LGBTQ adults who reported having negative health care experiences said tNearly one-quarter of LGBTQ adults who reported having negative health care experiences said those experiences caused their health to get worse, compared to 9% of non-LGBTQ adults. ​April 3, 2024, 6:53 PM EDT By Jo YurcabaLesbian, NBC News Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer adults are twice as likely as their non-LGBTQ counterparts to report having had negative health care experiences over the last three years, according to a new report. One-third (33%) of LGBTQ adults s ..read more
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Emergency Department Peer Support Program and Patient Outcomes After Opioid Overdose
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Peter Treitler, PhD1,2; Stephen Crystal, PhD1,3,4; Joel Cantor, ScD1; et alOriginal Investigation Substance Use and Addiction March 25, 2024 Key Points ​Question  Is implementation of an emergency department (ED)–based peer recovery support program for opioid overdose associated with improvements in initiation of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD)? Findings  In this cohort study of 12 046 patients treated for nonfatal opioid overdose, those treated in EDs that implemented peer support were significantly ..read more
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Clean syringes seem counterintuitive to fentanyl fight. But needle exchange saves lives.
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Opponents of SSPs argue that they enable drug use and make neighborhoods less safe. However, when implemented according to best practices, there is actually plenty of evidence to the contrary. Dr. Jerome Adams and Mazen Saleh  Opinion contributors USA TODAY It can seem counterintuitive to provide clean syringes to individuals who inject drugs. After all, why make it easier to consume illicit substances that are increasingly resulting in overdoses? In the fight against fentanyl, however, a clean syringe can be a lifesaving connection. We might not be able to stop ..read more
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These Academics Went Public About Using Drugs
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by Manisha Krishnan, Vice News ​A growing number of academics are openly discussing their past and present drug use in an attempt to reduce stigma and help overcome addiction. When drug policy researcher Jean-Sébastien Fallu saw a recent op-ed in the Atlantic argue that destigmatizing drug use has been “a profound mistake,” he was furious.  The piece said “cultural disapproval of harmful behavior can be a potent force for protecting public health and safety” and that we need “more consistent rejection of drug use, not less.”   Fallu, 50, an associate professor at Un ..read more
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There's A Real Chance To Stop This Miserable, Fatal Infection
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​Thousands die from hepatitis C every year, even though we have a nearly foolproof cure. A new plan would change that. By Jonathan Cohn   Nov 26, 2023, 08:00 AM EST  |Updated Nov 26, 2023   HUFF POST Dying from hepatitis C is a notoriously miserable way to go. The virus attacks your liver ― in many cases, destroying its ability to make proteins and filter blood. You might not notice at first, because it can inflict damage gradually and “silently” until finally you start to feel symptoms that could include fatigue, jaundice, mental disorientatio ..read more
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Tatyana Kushner, MD, MSCE: HCV Screening, Treatment, and Elimination
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November 11, 2023                               HC P LIVE Abigail Brooks, MA                               Conference|American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases                   Tatyana Kushner, MD, MSCE, sat down with HCPLive to discuss the White House hepatitis C elimination plan. In an interview with HCPLive during The Liver Meeting 2023 from the American Association ..read more
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MARKEY, YOUNG, BALDWIN ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO COMBAT OPIOID-RELATED INFECTIOUS DISEASES
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News/Press SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 Bill Text (PDF) Washington (September 26, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security and a member of the U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, along with Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), today announced the reintroduction of the Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Diseases Act, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ongoin ..read more
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