Navigation Links
Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths

Drug abusers are increasingly turning to a slow-release form of a powerful painkiller for a quick and dangerous high, University of Florida researchers warn. The trend is raising alarm as the number of people dying from an overdose of the drug fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, rises.

Addicts are misusing a clear patch that transfers a controlled dose of fentanyl through the skin into the bloodstream over the course of a few days, UF experts say. The adhesive patch is typically prescribed to treat postoperative pain or chronic pain conditions, but in some cases is being misused, often with deadly consequences.

"Because the patch is a sustained release form of the drug, if one withdraws the 72 hours' worth of drug and uses it in a form that it wasn't designed to be used for, then it can rapidly result in death," said the study's lead researcher, Bruce Goldberger, Ph.D., director of toxicology and an associate professor in the departments of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine and psychiatry in UF's College of Medicine.

Patients who are prescribed the patch must be made aware of the potential dangers of misuse, Goldberger added.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records cited in the UF study, presented this month in Orlando at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, show abuse of the patch resulted in the death of 115 people in Florida last year.

While the number of fatalities linked to the patch is still one-quarter the number associated with other drugs abused, such as methadone or hydrocodone, the number of sudden deaths from overdosing on fentanyl has been on the rise during the past few years - not just in Florida but also nationwide, researchers found.

"We have seen an increased use and abuse of the patch form of fentanyl for the past five years or so," Goldberger said. "This is a recent finding related to the prescription of fentanyl patches."

In
'"/>

Source:University of Florida


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Prescription Drug Patches Gaining Ground, Tackling New Therapies
2. Blood test predicts success of quitting smoking using the nicotine patch
3. Low levels of neurotransmitter serotonin may perpetuate child abuse across generations
4. Long-term narcotics use for back pain may be ineffective and lead to abuse
5. Boosting HIV screening can increase survival and is cost effective
6. Sexual cooperation: Mating increases longevity in ant queens
7. Mother birds increase progesterone to hatch females
8. Oxygen increase caused mammals to triumph, researchers say
9. Ibruprofen and other commonly used painkillers for treating inflammation may increase the risk of heart attack
10. Global warming increases oyster sensitivity to pollution
11. Prenatal exposure to famine increases risk of schizophrenia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase deaths

(Date:8/20/2014)... image of the Para and Mato Grosso states of ... set in order to deforest the land. Deforestation is ... where the land is thereafter converted to a nonforest ... farms, ranches, or urban use. The herringbone-patterned tan lines ... in the middle of the image are evidence of ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research ... research on anthrax and the bacteria,s effects on humans. ... Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied the human immune ... Centers for Human Immunology. The original funding came soon ... the heels of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the ... beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain ... they can become toxic to some of the ocean,s ... other marine animals. Their study appears in the ACS ... Tovar-Sanchez and David Snchez-Quiles point out that other than ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies 2
... 2011 -- Scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel ... national research team to find two plumes of oil-based pollutants ... a study published in this week,s issue of the journal ... the mechanism by which the crude oil traveled from the ...
... As evidence regarding the health benefits of consuming ... increasing debate about which cocoa and chocolate products deliver ... steps in cocoa and chocolate production diminish the levels ... published paper, scientists reported on the effect of conventional ...
... in French . The Universit de ... the Botanical Garden. The new Centre, the result of a ... Montral Insectarium, two Espace pour la vie (Montral Space for ... its preservation and its promotion. The Centre will not only ...
Cached Biology News:New study reveals aerosol plumes downwind of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 2Study clarifies the role of cocoa bean handling on flavanol levels 2The University of Montreal Biodiversity Centre opens 2The University of Montreal Biodiversity Centre opens 3
(Date:8/20/2014)... The 6th Annual Arrowhead Personalized and ... 29-30 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s conference brings ... and clinicians focused on addressing and solving the significant ... twelve years since the sequencing of the human genome, ... pharmacogenetic information in the label and molecular diagnostics have ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... your ear could improve the health of your heart, ... of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those ... to the tragus, the small raised flap at the ... ear canal. , The stimulation changed the influence of ... nervous signals that can drive failing hearts too hard. ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... 20, 2014 One of the ... is an inadequate vascular supply. Nutrient and gas ... tissues is critical for successful regeneration and integration ... mitigate deficiencies in vascularization and promote angiogenesis in ... optimizing scaffold design and architecture, and enhancing scaffolds ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Pa. , Aug. 19, 2014 A ... has been nominated for a Centers for Disease Control ... addressing a major public health concern. ... System, is one of a team of researchers nominated ... Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Data Methods and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:6th Annual Personalized and Precision Medicine Conference Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Discuss Clinical Implementation, Dx Reimbursement, Big Data, and Sequencing 2'Tickling' your ear could be good for your heart 2Vascularization in Tissue Engineering Highlighted at 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science 2Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 2Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 3
... -- Researchers at the USDA Forest Service Forest Products ... the pulp and paper industry in an effort to ... paper commonly used in business and government offices ... federal government annually buys some 500,000 tons of bleached ...
... Third Wave Technologies , a developer and marketer of molecular ... patent infringement lawsuit against Stratagene Corp. , a life ... which was passed by a federal jury in the United ... that Stratagene's line of FullVelocity reagents had infringed on two ...
... in reality too, as an ultra-sophisticated, digitally formatted, ... in shapes of large digital cyber-warfare torpedoes skate ... direct hits took over. , ,Now there are ... either corporate elites or very smart solo entrepreneurs; ...
Cached Biology Technology:Reducing brightness to make a better paper 2Reducing brightness to make a better paper 3Third Wave wins patent lawsuit against California firm 2Cyber-skating on one flat earth 2Cyber-skating on one flat earth 3Cyber-skating on one flat earth 4
...
Monoclonal Mouse Anti-Human Cytokeratin 16 (48 kD)...
This antibody detects cdc42 on SDS-PAGE immunoblots....
Goat polyclonal to Nebraska Calf Diarrhea Virus (FITC) ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Bovine (Nebraska Calf Diarrhea Virus)....
Biology Products: