8 papers this month. Police, pharmacology, prisons, methadone, money, and plants. Enjoy!
1) Police Officers' and Paramedics' Experiences with Overdose and Their Knowledge and Opinions of Washington State's Drug Overdose-Naloxone-Good Samaritan Law.
Banta-Green CJ, Beletsky L, Schoeppe JA, Coffin PO, Kuszler PC.
J Urban Health. 2013 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Expands on the limited data we have regarding police and paramedics knowledge and opinions regarding opioid overdose prevention initiatives.
Demaret I, Lemaître A, Ansseau M.
Rev Med Liege. 2013 May-Jun;68(5-6):287-93. French.
Comment: Only saw the abstract, but appears to be a nice summary of heroin, particularly overdose risk factors.
Fudin J, Fontenelle DV, Fudin HR, Carlyn C, Hinden DA, Ashley CC.
J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2013 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Some potential interactions of the HCV protease inhibitor with selected opioids. Hopefully we won’t be using telaprevir too much longer as more advanced, effective, and easily tolerated regimens are expected as early as the end of 2013.
4) Non-fatal overdose among adult prisoners with a history of injecting drug use in two Australian states.
Moore E, Winter R, Indig D, Greenberg D, Kinner SA.
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Jul 15. doi:pii: S0376-8716(13)00220-2.
Comments: Survey of prisoners lifetime history of overdose.
Hall MT, Leukefeld CG, Havens JR.
Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2013 Jul;39(4):241-6. doi:
Comment: I can’t access this article, but have some concerns about the utility of the analysis of covariates presented in the abstract.
Wunsch MJ, Nuzzo PA, Behonick G, Massello W, Walsh SL.
J Addict Med. 2013 Jul 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Comments: Analysis of methadone-related deaths.
Inocencio TJ, Carroll NV, Read EJ, Holdford DA.
Pain Med. 2013 Jul 10. doi: 10.1111/pme.12183. [Epub ahead of print]
Comments: Intriguing analysis of costs of opioid overdose, focusing on the costs to the healthcare system.
Neerman MF, Frost RE, Deking J.
J Forensic Sci. 2013 Jan;58 Suppl 1:S278-9. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12009. Epub 2012 Oct 19.
Comments: Kratom is a plant that grows in North America (this case is from Texas) and many other parts of the world. Its use is prohibited in Thailand. It acts as a mu-opioid receptor agonist.