Clinical trial begins for an experimental drug for opioid cravings

Clinical trial begins for an experimental drug for opioid cravings

The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center has begun a research on a drug developed to deal with the cravings linked with opioid use. The clinical trial would test the safety of the active compound in the drug, ANS-6637, in healthy individuals. It would also look at how the body processes the drug when administered with an additional drug metabolized by similar liver enzymes. The trial is being conducted with the help of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and funded by the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative. This is an extensive program to fast-track the research endeavors to curtail the opioid epidemic, which has become a public health crisis. Read more

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

New strain of fentanyl resistant to Narcan

New strain of fentanyl resistant to Narcan

Synthetic opiate painkillers like fentanyl are often prescribed to patients who are battling with severe pain or injury. Although such medications work quickly to relieve excruciating pain, they come with side effects, such as addiction. Fentanyl has a high potential for abuse due to its ability to cause the state of euphoria and relaxation in users. Read more

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Cardiovascular disorders are common in the United States but young whites are now exhibiting symptoms of grievous heart infections caused due to reasons hitherto unknown. Scientists attribute the same to rise in injection drug use among the young white population living in the country. A group of researchers in their study titled “Increasing Infectious Endocarditis Admissions Among Young People Who Inject Drugs” have suggested that people who inject drugs (PWID) face a greater risk of being afflicted with infective endocarditis (IE). Read more

Doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to treat opioid addiction, finds study

Doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to treat opioid addiction, finds study

The opioid crisis in not new in America. Earlier, the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers skyrocketed to nearly 207 million in 2013, from approximately 76 million in 1991. According to public health officials in the United States, the current opioid crisis, which killed over 33,000 people in 2015, is the worst epidemic in American history. Read more