Twelve this month. Enjoy!
1) Correlates of Opioid Use in Adults With Self-Reported Drug Use Recruited From Public Safety-Net Primary Care Clinics.
Ries R, Krupski A, West II, Maynard C, Bumgardner K, Donovan D, Dunn C, Roy-Byrne P.
J Addict Med. 2015 Oct;9(5):417-26. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000151.
Comment: Can’t access the full article, but the abstract suggests a fascinating look into opioid-using safety net primary care patients.
Kazour F, Soufia M, Rohayem J, Richa S.
Community Ment Health J. 2015 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Most studies of heroin users find that heroin is *not* the usual method of suicide attempts. Interestingly, this study finds something quite different, with nearly half of attempts being through heroin use in Lebanon.
Roxburgh A, Hall WD, Burns L, Pilgrim J, Saar E, Nielsen S, Degenhardt L.
Med J Aust. 2015 Oct 5;203(7):299.
Comment: Interesting paper exploring deaths related to one, low-potency, opioid. Those deaths seemed to be increasing, over a third were intentional (that’s much higher than other opioids), and a remarkably high proportion were polydrug – which makes sense since it would be tough to die from codeine alone.
4) American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use.
Kampman K, Jarvis M.
J Addict Med. 2015 Oct;9(5):358-67. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000166.
Comment: Another that I can’t access but whose abstract looks compelling.
5) Methadone Pharmacogenetics: CYP2B6 Polymorphisms Determine Plasma Concentrations, Clearance, and Metabolism.
Kharasch ED, Regina KJ, Blood J, Friedel C.
Anesthesiology. 2015 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Ah, the complexities of methadone. Genetic differences in hepatic metabolism are more prominent in oral than intravenous methadone.