Liquid Nicotine in E-Cigarettes is Poisonous, Says FDA and CDC

In a news report, it is said that the number of calls to poison control centers due to liquid nicotine poisoning found in e-cigarettes has gone up in recent years.

e-cigaretteIn previous years, recorded calls due to liquid nicotine poisoning were just one call per month.  In contrast, in February of this year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported calls have gone up to 215.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed to regulate electronic cigarettes which includes packaging, putting a childproof cap and warning labels.  According to Dr. Tim McAfee, CDC’s office on Smoking and Health director, the general public doesn’t know that liquid nicotine is toxic and may post a risk not only to adults but to children aged 5 and even younger who out of curiosity attempt to puff the e-cigarette.  Nicotine is toxic to the brain and may trigger seizure, vomiting and accelerated heart rate.

Although there isn’t yet a single death case reported related to liquid nicotine poisoning, this is not far from happening as e-cigarettes contain high concentration of nicotine enough to kill a child, says McAfee.

In another news release, Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director said, that e-cigarette is highly attractive to children because of its packaging.  The e-cigarettes come in candy and fruit flavors sure enough to entice any kid, oftentimes mistaking it for its purpose.

It has been said that e-cigarette is an effective tool that can aid a cigarette addict to cut down or stop smoking.  To the right hands it can be useful but if it gets in the hands of minors, there lies a big problem.

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Evzio: New Tool to Combat Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Prescription drugs have become one of the most abused substances in the world.  As a matter of fact, abuse of prescription medication has become an epidemic, not to mention a trending topic.  Just recently, another breakthrough in science was revealed.

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Photo credit: U.S. FDA

In a news release, the US FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said that they have approved a new prescription treatment that can avert the side effects brought about by an overdose in opioid.  This medication is the first of its kind that can be used outside of a hospital.  Even family members and other caregivers can administer it to the patient.

The breakthrough creation is called EVZIO, a handheld auto injector that contains naloxone.  It is handy, portable, and convenient enough to be carried inside a pocket and comes with a set of device instructions and trainer kit. This could be helpful during emergencies for people suspected of opioid overdose.  Studies show that drug abuse is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and a large percentage of these may be traced to prescription drug abuse or overdose.

Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic drugs like prescription pain relievers.  One of its side effects is that it can alter the way your mind thinks, the ability to act and decide and the way you react to a given situation.  So it is not advisable to be driving when a patient is given a shot of naloxone.  Alcohol intake during treatment is discouraged.

Naloxone has long been used to reverse effects of other narcotic drugs.  It is said to be the standard treatment for overdose.  The evolution of Evzio may help save thousands of lives.

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Kentucky Passes Medical Marijuana Bill For Cannabidiol Use

The State of Kentucky is now embracing the legalization of medical marijuana through the passage of senate bill 124, which will allow the utilization of cannabidiol (marijuana oil) as treatment for children suffering from severe chronic seizure disorders.

medical marijuanaThe bill forwarded by Republican State Senator Julie Denton was unanimously voted  in the Kentucky House judiciary Committee last March 19, allowing the treatment under the supervision of Universities of Louisville and Kentucky Medical Schools who are conducting research study for the pediatric seizure patients.

Sen. Denton said in a news release that the bill is centered to help those children whose life is being threatened by the disease and to give support to the families who are most affected by their children’s fate. She is concerned for those families who are desperate in finding medical treatment for their patients and even consider transferring residency in the state wherein use of medical marijuana is legal.

The bill is now in the House for final deliberations as Speaker Greg Stumbo expresses his support of the bill, with the assurance that this could be signed into law due to popularity of support from his colleagues.

Some 30,000 epileptic children will be benefited in this law with 10,000 of these group are suffering from severe seizures according to the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

If the bill will be approved and signed into law, the state of Kentucky will be included in the 21 states that legalized the use of medical marijuana.

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Open House As Prescription Drug Source? Abusers Get Creative

The quote “going the extra mile” couldn’t be said more fittingly to people under prescription drug abuse, as a recent news report shared how abusers are becoming more creative and resourceful.

real estate open house prescription drug abuseA report from the Kansas City Star revealed that authorities have received tips regarding prescription drug abusers going inside real estate open houses and looking for drugs. This may not come as a shock to some; after all, people with drug addiction will look for ways to feed their desires.

The San Diego police force is now partnering with local real estate agents and drug rehab centers to raise more public awareness on this increasing drug abuse trend. Focus will be placed on the resourceful methods that addicts will resort to, just to procure the drugs that they need. To support this endeavor, the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors has pledged to use its members — about 12,000 of them — to remove prescription drugs left inside the homes that they are selling.

The report on open houses as sources of prescription drugs has reached law enforcers, although no formal investigations have been conducted.

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Synthetic Marijuana Random Drug Test Now Conducted By Air Force

With the rise in popularity of synthetic marijuana even across the ranks of the military, Hill Air Force Base is now issuing a new mandate to include these new drugs in random drug tests conducted on personnel.

synthetic marijuanaThe new random drug testing program at the Hill Air Force Base started early this year, to replace the old practice of having to issue a request from higher officials. 75th Medical Group commander Col. Craig Rice shared that the old program was a hindrance to ensuring the prevention of synthetic drug abuse in the ranks. “Typically, that would occur during an investigation when an individual was suspected of using (synthetic marijuana),” said Col. Rice in a news release.

The change in the Air Force drug testing scheme is aligned with the zero tolerance policy issued by the Department of Defense against the use of synthetic marijuana and other illicit drugs.

Synthetic marijuana is considered illegal in the Air Force, although it’s only now that the substance is going to be included in the default design of random drug tests. In fact, the Air Force Instruction specifically states that “the knowing use of any intoxicating substance, other than the lawful use of alcohol or tobacco products, that is inhaled, injected, consumed, or introduced into the body in any manner to alter mood or function.”

Members of the military are in full support for the synthetic marijuana random drug test. Lt. Col. Tom Martin of the Army supports the government’s stand on illicit drug abuse. “The message we’re getting out now is that when you participate in our random urinalysis program, synthetic marijuana products will now be tested along with our other drugs,” Lt. Col. Martin added.

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Seniors Susceptible To Prescription Drug Abuse Due To Multiple Providers

The issue on prescription drug abuse may be common to young adults and professionals, but the risk in abuse by seniors are also high due to multiple medication providers.

seniors-prescription-drugsA new report released via HealthDay reveals that 30 percent of the total number of patients prescribed with pain medication are able to procure the said medicines from multiple sources. This issue could have probably contributed to the steady rise in prescription drug use — and abuse — for the past 20 years.

Harvard Medical School assistant professor Dr. Anupam Jena headed a team of researchers who looked into this particular issue. Their study showed that many patients are able to acquire prescriptions from more than one physician. “As physicians, we tell patients not to drive when they take opioids, but we also need to tell them that it can be dangerous to receive these medications from more than one provider,” Dr. Jena said.

The study involved an investigation into 1.8 million seniors who received at least one drug prescription in 2010 under the Medicare prescription program. The researchers initially predicted a figure of not more than 10 percent, so they were surprised with the number.

Through the study, Dr. Jena hopes that doctors will be conscientious enough to tell their patients about the risk of getting multiple prescriptions.

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