Tag: Substance Abuse

Icahn School of Medicine receives $2M Health Workforce Resiliency grant

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), on February 16, awarded New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a 3-year, $2.1 million grant to develop a new training initiative to help healthcare workers (HCWs) deal with the mental health…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2022
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Opioid deaths surging in older Black men

Editor's Note In this study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, researchers find a roughly tenfold increase in opioid deaths in adults 55 years and older, driven primarily by overdoses in Black men. Analyzing data on 79,893 individuals aged 55 years and older who died from opioid overdose…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 13, 2022
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The Joint Commission on June 18 issued prepublication standards for its New and Revised Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements, which will apply to all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals starting January 1, 2022. Revisions range from some wording changes in existing requirements to the addition of new Elements of Performance (EP) within certain…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 20, 2021
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CDC: More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses last year

Editor's Note New provisional data released July 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 93,331 people died from drug overdoes in the US last year. The nearly 30% rise from 2019 was mostly triggered by COVID-19 pandemic-related stressors, treatment inaccessibility, and proliferation of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2021
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Changes in admissions to addiction treatment facilities in California during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a 28.3% decline in monthly addiction treatment initiations. Larger declines occurred in those: without Medicaid coverage (-10.8%) younger than 25 years (-15.6%) who were employed (-11.6%) with dependent living (-11.4%) with…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2021
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CDC: ED visits for suicide attempts in those aged 12-17 years before, during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expands on previous work showing increases in emergency department (ED) visits for suspected suicide attempts early in the pandemic for all ages and suggests that these trends persisted for those aged 12 to 17 years.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2021
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Children’s Hospital Colorado ‘overrun with kids attempting suicide’

Editor's Note The CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora declared a “State of Emergency” on May 25, saying pediatric emergency departments and inpatient units are being “overrun with kids attempting suicide and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness.” In the last 2 years, Children’s has had…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 27, 2021
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Study: Postop opioid prescriptions decreasing, but not to recommended levels

Editor's Note Opioids prescribed after outpatient surgery are going down, but still do not meet expert recommendations, a new study from Epic Health Research Network finds. The researchers examined the median number of opioid tablets prescribed after outpatient surgical procedures between January 2017 and December 2020. For four orthopedic procedures,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 18, 2021
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Effect of COVID-19 stay-at-home order on opioid overdose fatalities

Editor's Note In this report, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, estimate the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths in Cook County over a 3-year period to highlight changes, before, during, and after the Illinois COVID-19 stay-at-home order. From January 2018 to December 2020, 4,283 overdose fatalities occurred…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2021
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US anesthesiologists’ burnout rate, risk factors

Editor's Note The prevalence of burnout in anesthesiologists is high, and workplace factors are a big influence, finds this study led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Of 3,898 respondents to a survey of American Society of Anesthesiologists members: 59.2% had a high risk of burnout…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 22, 2021
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