News you can use: health & drug safety updates
February 17, 2016
New research indicates that young adults misuse ADHD drugs most often. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked at trends from 2006 through 2011 and identified individuals aged 18–25 years as the ones who most often take the prescription stimulants inappropriately. For all age groups, the primary source for nonmedical use of dextroamphetamine–amphetamine (Adderall—Teva) was family or friends. During the 6-year study period, treatment visits involving the ADHD drug were unchanged for
February 12, 2016
The Safer Universities Program is directed at reducing excessive drinking and intoxication off-campus, near the college, including parties at homes and apartments, as well as at nearby bars and restaurants. It achieves this by enhancing enforcement of laws to encourage responsible hosting and service of alcohol in private and commercial settings. A downloadable tool kit describes the components of the action plan and provides tips and materials that support implementation.
February 9, 2016
A new study finds marijuana use in the first year of college can lead to students missing classes. The more frequently a student uses marijuana, the more they tend to skip class, earn lower grades, and graduate later. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health followed 1,117 college students for eight years to test the direct and indirect effects on marijuana use on GPA and time to graduation. The findings are part of a larger study, called the College Life Study, which began in 2003.
February 6, 2016
The Alliance for Aging Research (NCPIE Member) released a new pocket video on Safe Medication Disposal. NCPIE served on the Expert Reviewer Panel for the film. This film gives a simple step-by-step guide on how to dispose of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in a way that keeps them out of the hands of young children, prevents abuse, and is safe for the environment. Learn what medications can be disposed of at home and how, as well as how to find community and Drug Enforcement Agency take-back programs.
February 2, 2016
You’re returning from a trip overseas and want to bring back over-the-counter drugs from Europe that aren’t available here. Can you? Your mother-in-law is visiting from Mexico to help with the new baby and runs out of her blood pressure medication. Can she refill her prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? Your foreign exchange student forgot his allergy medication. Can his parents mail it to him from Japan? These are just some of the questions people ask the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Drug Information.
February 1, 2016
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.
January 29, 2016
Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine). It is important to always store medicines up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it.
January 28, 2016
A website designed to help parents have difficult discussions about substance use with their college-age children Topics include impaired driving, living off campus, housing and roommates, celebrating their 21st birthday safely, spring break, holidays and Halloween. The website was created by The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. Ages 18 to 25 are the peak developmental period for the onset of alcohol and other drug problems as well as mental health disorders. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until the late 20’s and
January 27, 2016
SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose. Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.
January 15, 2016
Over 90% of patients who survived an overdose from prescription opioids continued to receive prescriptions for the drugs after the overdose event, indicates a new report published in the December 28, 2015 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. These incidents occur because the doctors who prescribe the drugs often do not receive a record of the overdose from emergency departments, and patients who are dependent on opioids are less likely to report to their prescribing physician that they overdosed and were in the emergency room.