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Opioid compounds in kratom increase its abuse potential, says FDA

Opioid compounds in kratom increase its abuse potential, says FDA

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has issued a warning against the use of kratom as an herbal supplement. In a statement released on Feb. 6, 2018, Gottlieb indicated that the opioid properties in kratom compounds can cause serious health consequences, including addiction and even death.

After declaring kratom to be an opioid, the FDA denied any reliable evidence that could support the medicinal use of kratom to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) or chronic pain. The agency conducted an in-house research to analyze the chemical composition of 25 major constituents of kratom. “Based on the scientific information in the literature and further supported by our computational modeling and the reports of its adverse effects in humans, we feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids,” said Gottlieb. Continue reading

Tamper-resistant oxycodone tablets not effective in combating opioid epidemic, says study

Tamper-resistant oxycodone tablets not effective in combating opioid epidemic, says study

The introduction of tamper-resistant oxycodone tablets in the market did not help in combating the opioid epidemic in Australia, according to a recent study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.

Briony Larance, the lead author of the study and senior research fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney stated that the pill was introduced with the aim of preventing tampering and using it via snorting and injecting. It did, however, reduce the use of oxycodone by people who injected drugs. Continue reading

Republican senator hints at discussion on nationwide marijuana legalization

Republican senator hints at discussion on nationwide marijuana legalization

Marijuana legalization has been a hot subject of debate among American politicians, both at the federal and state levels. While U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has maintained a tough stand on cannabis legalization in the country, some legislators continue to express their interest in its favor.

The issue is again being discussed after a prominent Republican recently advocated for a healthy debate on it. In an open letter, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis hinted that the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) may discuss marijuana legalization in 2018. Tillis addressed the letter to a North Carolina lawyer engaged with companies in the cannabis industry. It is noteworthy that Tillis is on the SJC with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, the man behind the Marijuana Justice Act. Continue reading

Study links breathing problems to medication for opioid addiction

Study links breathing problems to medication for opioid addiction

A drug used for treating opioid addiction may cause breathing problems in some obese patients, suggests a recent study by researchers at the University of Tennessee (UT). The study, published online in the medical journal Anesthesiology, found that buprenorphine caused breathing difficulties in mice with diet-induced obesity. Significantly, buprenorphine, a Schedule III opioid-based medication, is among the three drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alleviate symptoms of opioid use disorder (OUD). The other two are methadone and naltrexone. Continue reading

World Cancer Day: Alcohol can lead to cancer by causing irreparable DNA damage

World Cancer Day: Alcohol can lead to cancer by causing irreparable DNA damage

Alcohol increases the risk of cancer has been proved by many previous researches, but a recent study by the Cambridge University has revealed that it increases the chance of cancer by causing permanent changes in the DNA. The deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is known as the blueprint of life as it contains genetic instructions, and is extremely critical for the development and functioning of most living organisms. A permanent damage is detrimental not only for the organism per se, but for the future generations as well.    Continue reading

300 pounds of meth, cocaine recovered from Brookhaven apartment

300 pounds of meth, cocaine recovered from Brookhaven apartment

In a joint operation with the Atlanta Police Department, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Jan. 30, 2018, raided a Brookhaven apartment and seized about 300 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine worth about $500,000. The agency also arrested two men and recovered three guns and unknown amount of cash from one of the units in the Sierra Terrace Apartments. Continue reading

Kate Moss endorses self-help book advising readers to cut down on alcohol

Kate Moss endorses self-help book advising readers to cut down on alcohol

She has been the life of parties around the best of the haunts in London for over two decades. But British supermodel Kate Moss, who is known for her wild antics, recently raised some eyebrows when she endorsed a self-help manual that advises readers to go slow on alcohol and “get to bed by 10:30.” Kate’s name has appeared on front cover of the new lifestyle manual – “Self Care for the Real World” — written by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips, for which she has also given an admirable review. Continue reading

Sentenced to rehabilitation — the way forward

Sentenced to rehabilitation — the way forward

The United States is known to have the highest population of prisoners in the world. Even though the number of prisoners reduced remarkably at the end of 2016 as per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BSJ), more than 1 percent of American adult males were serving prison sentences of more than 1 year (1,108 per 100,000 adult males). As of December 31, 2016, there were an estimated 1,505,400 prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities, down by 21,200 prisoners (or 1 percent) from December 31, 2015. Continue reading

FDA wants to limit amount of anti-diarrhea opioid drug in packaging

FDA wants to limit amount of anti-diarrhea opioid drug in packaging

In the wake of the soaring prescription opioid drug misuse among Americans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drafted some urgent measures to deal with the crisis. One of the measures included an “unprecedented and novel action” related to over-the-counter (OTC) medication loperamide, which is used to treat diarrhea. On Jan. 30, 2018, the federal agency asked the sponsors of loperamide to change the drug labeling and limit its amount in packaging to help minimize its abuse. Continue reading