A drug known as “flakka” is the latest synthetic compound to raise concern among public health experts, Fox News reports. Flakka is a tweaked version of bath salts.In some cases, Flakka can cause heart palpitations and aggressive, violent behavior, the article notes. Use of the drug can affect the kidneys, leading to kidney failure or death.Flakka use has recently been reported in Florida, Ohio and Texas.
Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare today announced that Dominion Diagnostics is the Title Sponsor of the 2015 National Conference on Addiction Disorders and Behavioral Healthcare Executive Summit, taking place August 1 to 4, 2015, in St. Louis.
Aurora Diagnostics, the leading independent specialized laboratory company focused on anatomic pathology, announced today that it has sold its Greensboro, N.C., blood testing clinical laboratory to Dominion Diagnostics, effective December 31, 2014.
Overdose deaths involving heroin nearly tripled from 1999 to 2012, a new government report concludes. Overall, drug overdose deaths more than doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drug overdose deaths rose from 6.1 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 13.1 in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, the rate of drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin increased 35 percent, from 1.4 per 100,000 to 1.9.
The Recovery Research Institute (RRI) at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School is currently featuring the recently published CARD® research study Systematic Evaluation of “Compliance” to Prescribed Treatment Medications and “Abstinence” from Psychoactive Drug Abuse in Chemical Dependence Programs: Data from the Comprehensive Analysis of Reported Drugs in its monthly newsletter.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an extended-release (ER) opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Hysingla ER has approved labeling describing the product’s abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDA’s 2013 draft guidance for industry, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling.
A new study finds it is unlikely that a person exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke will test positive for marijuana themselves. While it is possible that extreme marijuana smoke exposure could produce a positive urine test, this occurrence is likely to be rare and limited to the hours immediately after exposure, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.
Several medical groups are calling for verbal drug screening for pregnant women, followed by a urine test if necessary, USA Today reports. The recommendation is meant to reduce the growing number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).