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Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

Latest Mental Health News By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) Methamphetamine is driving an epidemic of drug overdoses in rural America, a new study concludes. Researchers attribute the surge to meth laced with fentanyl or combined with an opioid that contains fentanyl. “Methamphetamine is increasingly contaminated or adulterated […]

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Small amounts of waste in administering the drug could add up to thousands of vials-worth of drug being discarded — ScienceDaily

Medicare could waste up to $605 million per year on the controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab if it is eventually approved for widespread use because it is supplied in vials containing fixed doses that may not be appropriate for all patients-resulting in the trashing of large volumes of unused drug, new UCLA research finds. The drug […]

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How Does Drug Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Which drugs can cause schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is one of the most common mental illnesses. Although drug use does not cause schizophrenia, there is unassailable evidence that the two are closely related. Schizophrenia is one of the most common mental illnesses. It causes you to lose touch with reality, affecting your ability to distinguish between what’s […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on drug use — and how it contributes to overdose risk — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of people who use drugs in ways that hurt their mental health and changed drug use behaviors, increasing their risk for overdose, according to surveys and interviews with individuals in rural Illinois captured in a new study in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice. Drug overdoses have soared during […]

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Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Latest Mental Health News By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) Drug overdose deaths among America’s teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and not because drug use is more common, researchers report. In 2020, overdose deaths among adolescents nearly doubled, compared with 10 years before the pandemic. They rose […]

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Adolescent drug overdose deaths rose exponentially for the first time in history during the COVID pandemic — ScienceDaily

The rate of overdose deaths among U.S. teenagers nearly doubled in 2020, the first year of the COVID pandemic, and rose another 20% in the first half of 2021 compared with the 10 years before the pandemic, even as drug use remained generally stable during the same period, according to new UCLA research. This is […]