Poison Centers Receive 32 Calls A Day Over Children Accidentally Taking Prescription Opioids

Between 2000 and 2015, poison centers received 188,000 calls – an average of 32 calls a day or one every 45 minutes – over pediatric exposure to opioids.

Poison centers are being flooded with calls over children accidentally taking prescription opioids, a new study has found.

Scientists say that US Poison Control Centers receive an average of 32 calls a day from pediatric exposure to the narcotics.

While that rate is steady since 2000, experts warn they are now seeing a worrying spike in toddlers taking buprenorphine, a medical substitute for heroin.

Research showed that the majority of exposures (60 percent) occurred in children younger than five years old – many of whom were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, although preschoolers are unintentionally taking the opioids, they are seeing an increase in teenagers consciously and aggressively going after the drugs.

The study, conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, looked at figures from the National Poison Data System.  DailyMail

Study Shows Babies Less Cute To Opioid Users

A new study has found that opioid use affects how ‘cute’ we perceive images of children to be.  People’s perceptions of cuteness go beyond how those individuals feel about babies.

As cuteness can trigger caregiving motivation, this result indicates that the opioid system may have significant effects on our ability to care for others. news-medical

Addiction to opioids – which includes illicit drugs such as heroin as well as medications commonly prescribed for pain ­ affects over 4 million people in the USA. It is associated with reduced responses to natural rewards as well as abnormal social behaviour, such as crime and dysfunctional parenting. Now a group of US researchers is using our normal response to the ‘cuteness’ of babies, (a concept first described by the famous Austrian ethologist Konrad Lorenz as Kindchenschema) to experimentally test the effects of social cognition in individuals with opioid addiction.  MedicalExpress

Painkiller addicts do not find babies cute, a new study reveals.  While that may not sound earth-shattering – we all have different opinions – doctors claim this is a dangerous sign of how drugs manipulate the brain.

The human tendency to find babies cute stems from our natural impulse to give care, nurture the young, and procreate.

But a new study by the University of Pennsylvania found babies do not trigger any emotional reaction in opioid addicts. DailyMail

2009 study found the baby schema motivated people to take care of others.

Earlier research by researchers at the Universities of Pennsylvania (US) and Muenster (Germany) showed that response to baby portraits produces motivation for caretaking and a response in the area of the brain associated with reward proportionate to the Kindchenschema content of the portraits. MedicalExpress

Opioid Users

The new study included 47 people who were dependent on opioids and who were starting a treatment program. In the study, the people had their brains scanned while they looked at photos of cute babies. The participants viewed the images 10 days before starting treatment, and then again 10 days after starting treatment.

The findings showed that, initially, the brains of people with opioid dependence didn’t respond to the baby schema, Dr. Daniel Langleben, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the senior author of the study, said in a statement.

However, once the people began their treatment and were given a drug called naltrexone that blocks the effects of opioids, the individuals’ brains responded in a way more similar to that of healthy people, Langleben said. LiveScience

This could explain the horrible cases in the news of child abuse by parents and the horrific acts committed against people.

Study: 1 In 6 U.S. Adults Takes A Psychiatric Drug

Researchers used data from the 2013 U.S. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a national survey on drug use across the United States.  “They found more than 5.3 million people admitted long-term use of antidepressants, anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics, and/or antipsychotics,” reported the Daily Mail.

There seems to be a legal and illegal drug problem in the U.S.  In our history America has never faced such a magnitude of drug abuse, drug crime, and drug overdoses.

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data.  WaPo

Data from the CDC showed last year heroin killed more people than gun homicides.

It was reported in 2014 that 1 in 13 U.S. schoolchildren takes psych medicines.  That is more than 7 percent!

A study suggests that 1 in 5 babies born in Indiana are addicted to drugs.

One in six U.S. adults takes a psychiatric medication to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia, a new study finds.

Researchers found that in 2013 nearly 17 percent of adults said they filled one or more prescriptions for antidepressants such as Zoloft; sedatives and sleep drugs, including Xanax and Ambien; or antipsychotics, used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

“From a drug safety perspective, I am concerned that so many of these drugs have withdrawal effects and that some of the overwhelming long-term use may reflect drug dependence,” said study co-author Thomas Moore.

“These questions need further investigation,” added Moore, a senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Va.

Because most prescriptions for these drugs are written by primary care physicians, not psychiatrists, patients aren’t getting the mental health care they need, one specialist said.

“The use of psychotropic medication has become an issue of increasing concern in the U.S., both due to lack of clarity of the medical target of some psychotropic treatment, as well as the rising costs of health,” said Dr. Shawna Newman, who wasn’t involved in the study. She’s a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“The overwhelming preponderance of prescriptions for psychotropic medications are written by non-psychiatrists,” she said. She noted that a 2014 study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health revealed benzodiazepines — medications such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium — were mostly prescribed by non-psychiatrists, she said.

“Access to psychiatrists and appropriate mental health treatment is a vital issue in U.S. health care,” Newman said.  Health Day


Study Suggest 1 in 5 Babies Born In Indiana Addicted To Drugs

Baby's_handThe study was done in rural and urban hospitals in Indiana.  These numbers are staggering!

Preliminary data released by the state shows that one in five babies tested at hospitals was addicted to drugs.

The data comes from a pilot program aimed at better understanding neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. In 2014, the Indiana legislature formed a task force to study the issue statewide.

Four hospitals, including Community Health East, Schneck Medical Center, Hendricks Regional Health, and Columbus Regional Health, participated in the pilot.

Out of 300 babies tested, more than 20% tested positive for opiates. Smaller percentages tested positive for other drugs, too. “We see it in every hospital,” Community Health Network’s Donetta Gee-Weiler said. “I think our state, our citizens, I think everybody would be surprised.”..

What?  Seems to Gee-Weiler it is only a medical problem, which denies a moral problem.

For her part, Gee-Weiler [the Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services] said she hoped that the numbers would help people in the community better understand the issue and start to break down stigmas surrounding drug use and abuse, in order to tackle the problem in every Indiana city and town. Fox59

Shootings and Drugs?

An exercise in intellectual curisoity.

  • Is there a link between mass shootings and prescription drugs?
  • Are we over-medicating people, especially children?
  • Do certain medications have dangerous side effects for some people?
  • Can some medications trigger latent violent tendencies in certain people?
  • Is a combination of mental illness and psychiatric drugs or illegal drugs triggering violent tendencies?
  • Are prescription medications being used in place of hospitalization?
  •  Illegal drugs are increasingly common.

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