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To tackle the issues of overdose and substance abuse takes an entire community. Drug Free NB is only as strong as its membership. We need you to become active and involved. With the dedication that New Bedford has always shown, we can stem the tide and move towards a healthier future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12/9/13

OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey

 

Medicine—whether over-the-counter or prescription—is an important part of a modern health care system. Who would want a world without penicillin or acetaminophen? But medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill.

Painkillers like Vicodin also popular, researchers found.

Oxycodone -- the active ingredient in OxyContin -- and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers, a new study finds.

OxyContin and Percocet are brand names for drugs containing oxycodone. Brand names of drugs that contain hydrocodone include Vicodin and Lortab.

The full article is available at:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/addiction/1209/oxycontin-tops-list-of-abused-prescription-drugs-survey.aspx?xid=aol_eh-pain_9_20131209_&aolcat=ESO&icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D417012

 


 

7/21/13

Nose Spray Narcan Reverses Overdoses In Mass. Town At High Rate

 

Medicine—whether over-the-counter or prescription—is an important part of a modern health care system. Who would want a world without penicillin or acetaminophen? But medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill.

(CBS News) QUINCY, Mass. - Nancy Holler's son, Brendan, was an honors student and standout baseball player until his senior year in high school.

"A good kid, never gave us an ounce of trouble," she recalled in an interview.

Then Brendan started sneaking pills of the opioid painkiller Percocet that had been prescribed to his father for a back injury.

Brendan got hooked, and that caused him to drop out of college after six weeks and return home to Quincy, Mass., a city of 93,000 residents 10 miles south of Boston.

The full article is available at:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57594771/nose-spray-narcan-reduces-overdoses-in-mass-town-at-high-rate/

 


 

7/3/13

Opiod-Antidepressant Combinations Prominent In Drug Overdose Deaths

 

Medicine—whether over-the-counter or prescription—is an important part of a modern health care system. Who would want a world without penicillin or acetaminophen? But medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill.

Of the 22,134 drug overdose deaths involving pharmaceuticals in the United States in 2010, three-fourths involved opioid analgesics, according to an analysis by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2013;309:657-659), Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, a health scientist with the CDC's Injury Center in Atlanta and two colleagues, parsed data from the National Vital Statistics System multiple cause-of-death file. The file contains information gleaned from death certificates submitted to the CDC by medical examiners or coroners.

The full article is available at:

http://www.painmedicinenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Clinical%2BPain%2BMedicine&d_id=82&i=June+2013&i_id=963&a_id=23352&tab=MostRead

 


 

5/24/13

 

Medicine—whether over-the-counter or prescription—is an important part of a modern health care system. Who would want a world without penicillin or acetaminophen? But medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill.

"A new study that will be published in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research shows that individuals who have their first drink during puberty subsequently have higher drinking levels than do individuals with a post-pubertal drinking onset."

"In summary, puberty is a very critical developmental period due to ongoing neurodevelopmental processes in the brain. It is exactly during puberty that substances like drugs of abuse - alcohol, cannabis, etc. - may induce the most destructive and also persistent effects on the still developing brain, which may in some cases even result in neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia or addictive disorders. Prevention work therefore needs to increase awareness of specific risks and vulnerability related to puberty,” Schneider told Medical News Today."

The full article is available at:

http://www.cadca.org/resources/detail/study-finds-early-alcohol-use-increases-alcohol-abuse-later-life

 


 

5/24/13

 

Medicine—whether over-the-counter or prescription—is an important part of a modern health care system. Who would want a world without penicillin or acetaminophen? But medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill.

In fact, parents are among the most influential factors in preventing children's substance use

A new report indicates that more than one in five parents of teens aged 12 to 17 (22.3 percent) think what they say has little influence on whether or not their child uses illicit substances, tobacco, or alcohol. This report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also shows one in ten parents said they did not talk to their teens about the dangers of using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs even though 67.6 percent of these parents who had not spoken to their children thought they would influence whether their child uses drugs if they spoke to them.

The full article is available at:

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1305230959.aspx

 


 

 

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