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Ketamine found to have an « unbelievable » effect in treating severe depression

Source : http://www.sciencealert.com/ketamine-found-to-have-an-unbelievable-effect-in-treating-severe-depression It’s probably not the first place you’d go to find relief from severe clinical depression, but the psychedelic party drug ketamine has revealed itself to be something of a ‘miracle drug’, performing far more quickly and effectively than traditional antidepressants and mood stabilisers. Where current treatments take weeks ...

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Firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey to carry overdose-reversing naloxone

Source : http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/firefighters-in-vancouver-and-surrey-to-carry-overdose-reversing-naloxone-1.3424197 Drug overdoses in Surrey are up — way up — from an average of three per day last year, to an average of almost eight per day so far in 2016. That meant 67 overdoses in the city last year, compared to 42 in 2014. « So far this year, we’ve attended over 200 calls … ...

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US drug overdose deaths: a global challenge

Source : http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)00211-7/fulltext On Jan 19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new country-level estimates showing unprecedented rates of drug overdose deaths, with 47 055 deaths in the USA in 2014. Since 2000, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate has more than doubled, from 6·2 per 100 ...

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Toronto warned of ‘China White’ heroin after 6 people overdose

Source : http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/02/01/potent-or-tainted-heroin-to-blame-for-recent-overdoses.html An unusually potent or tainted batch of heroin is to blame for a rash of recent overdoses, public health officials say. Six people in Toronto have reportedly overdosed in the past week. Meanwhile, there were more than six drug overdoses, one of them fatal, in Kitchener and Cambridge ...

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Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge

Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/naloxone-overdose-reversal-high-schools_us_56a68951e4b0404eb8f29097 The Clinton Foundation has partnered with pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma to provide complimentary overdose reversal kits to high schools around the nation. Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to ...

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How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

Source : http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/us/drug-overdose-deaths-in-the-us.html?_r=0 Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. Some of the largest concentrations of overdose deaths were in Appalachia and the Southwest, according to new county-level estimates released by the ...

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