19 this month. Enjoy!
Tjagvad C, Skurtveit S, Linnet K, Andersen LV, Christoffersen DJ, Clausen T.
Eur Addict Res. 2016 Jun 1;22(5):249-258. [Epub ahead of print]
Comments: Patients on very high doses of methadone or also using benzodiazepines were at higher risk of death.
2) Heroin use.
Salani DA, Zdanowicz M, Joseph L.
J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2016 Jun 1;54(6):30-7. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20160518-05.
Comments: Epidemiologic review.
3) Academic physicians' and medical students' perceived barriers toward bystander administered naloxone as an overdose prevention strategy.
Gatewood AK, Van Wert MJ, Andrada AP, Surkan PJ.
Addict Behav. 2016 May 17;61:40-46. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.05.013. [Epub ahead of print]
Comments: Qualitative interviews with medical providers.
4) Patient Characteristics and Outcomes in Unintentional, Non-fatal Prescription Opioid Overdoses: A Systematic Review.
Elzey MJ, Barden SM, Edwards ES.
Pain Physician. 2016 May;19(4):215-28.
Comments: Non-fatal events are far more common, not well-predicted by risk factors, and in need of additional research.
5) Incorporation of poison center services in a state-wide overdose education and naloxone distribution program.
Doyon S, Benton C, Anderson BA, Baier M, Haas E, Hadley L, Maehr J, Rebbert-Franklin K, Olsen Y, Welsh C.
Am J Addict. 2016 Jun;25(4):301-6. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12384. Epub 2016 May 24.
Comments: Interesting case series of naloxone reversals reported to poison control. They report a 75.6% “response rate” although some of the remainder was “unknown” and was there were only 2 deaths among 78 cases, suggesting a rate closer to 97.5%. Response rate to heroin was higher than for prescription opioids. Of the 43 suspected heroin events, 31 went to the ED, 25 were discharged, and 5 required ICU care. Of 31 suspected prescription opioid 20 went to the ED, 9 were discharged, and 6 required ICU care. This is consistent with the more complicated nature of prescription opioid overdose.
Fisher R, O'Donnell D, Ray B, Rusyniak D.
Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 May 24:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]
Comments: About a 65% response rate among 117 administrations and 1 combative individual.