Homeless People Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment Denied For Lack Of Identification.

The AP (8/4, Izaguirre) reports many homeless people who are addicted to illicit substances are denied treatment for lack of valid photo identification. According to 2016 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, less than one of every 10 of the US’ “substance abuse treatment facilities offer certified opioid treatment programs.”

A SAMHSA spokesman said ID requirements are aimed at preventing people from enrolling in multiple programs and selling opioid medications, although one expert said some facilities deny applicants who present alternate forms of identification, despite the fact that such documents are in fact acceptable.

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— “For homeless on heroin, treatment can be elusive with no ID,” ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press via Washington Times, August 4, 2017.

Suicide Rate Among Teenaged Girls On The Rise, Analysis Indicates.

NBC Nightly News (8/3, story 7, 2:20, Holt) reported on “an alarming rise in girls taking their own lives.” NBC’s Rehema Ellis said that “disturbing new numbers from the CDC” indicate “too many teenagers are not getting the help they need, especially girls aged 15 to 19.”

On its website, NBC News (8/3, Fox) reports that the analysis, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, indicates that “the suicide rate among teenaged girls continues to rise and hit a 40-year high in 2015.” Researchers found that “suicide rates doubled among girls and” increased “by more than 30 percent among teen boys and young men between 2007 and 2015.”

CNN (8/3, Scutti) also covers the story.

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— “Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High,” MAGGIE FOX, NBC News, August 3, 2017.

Many Surgery Patients May Have Leftover Opioid Pain Medications

The AP (8/2, Tanner) reports that research published in JAMA Surgery “suggests many surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid” pain medications and “store the remaining” tablets “improperly at home.”

Reuters (8/2, Cohen) reports that investigators found that in “six earlier studies, 67 percent to 92 percent of patients who were prescribed opioids following surgery reported winding up with leftover” medication. Meanwhile, “five studies found that only one in four patients reported storing opioids in a locked location.”

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Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?

HealthDay (8/2, Reinberg) reports that expectant mothers who take prescription opioid analgesics plus psychiatric medications “for depression or anxiety have a 30 to 60 percent greater risk of giving birth to an infant” with neonatal abstinence syndrome “than those taking opioids alone, researchers found.” What’s more, “use of two or more psychiatric drugs in addition to opioids was associated with a twofold increased risk of infant withdrawal,” the study revealed. Included in the study were data on some 200,000 pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid who had “received a prescription for an opioid” medication. The findings were published online Aug. 2 in the BMJ.

According to Medscape (8/2, Kuehn), the authors of an accompanying editorial wrote, “As the US opioid epidemic accelerates in complexity, there is an urgent need to focus resources on this issue, including expansion of research funding for drug safety in pregnancy and improvement of outcomes for mothers and infants affected by opioid use disorder, more funding for prevention of the disorder, and an expansion of treatment options for affected mothers and their infants.”

Related Links:

— “Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?,” Steven Reinberg, HealthDay, August 2, 2017.

In-Person CBT More Effective Than Web-Based Guided Self-Help For Binge-Eating Disorder In Overweight Or Obese Adults

Reuters (8/2, Seaman) reports, “People should opt for face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] if they’re looking for the fastest way to address their binge eating disorder,” researchers concluded.

Healio (8/2, Oldt) reports, “In-person cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] was more effective than internet-based guided self-help for binge-eating disorder in overweight or obese adults,” researchers found after conducting a “randomized clinical trial among 178 adult volunteers with full or subsyndromal binge-eating disorder from seven university-based outpatient clinics.” The findings were published online Aug. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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— “Face-to-face therapy best to treat binge eating disorder,” Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters, August 2, 2017.

Teens More Likely Than Adults To Abuse Inhalants

Healio (8/1, Oldt) reports that teenagers “were more than twice as likely to abuse inhalants in 2015 than adults,” a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found after analyzing “data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for individuals aged 12 to 17 years.” The report can be accessed here.

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— “Inhalant abuse twice as common in adolescents vs. adults,” Lipari RN, Healio, August 1, 2017.

Following Season Finale Of “13 Reasons Why,” Internet Suicide Search Queries Higher Than Expected

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (7/31, Murgia) reports that the season finale of the Netflix TV series “13 Reasons Why” in which a 17-year-old girl kills herself may “have triggered suicidal thoughts in its viewers, many of whom are young people.” Researchers found that “overall,” Internet “suicide queries were 19 percent higher in the 19 days following the series’ release, reflecting 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected.” The findings were published online July 31 as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Reuters (7/31, Rapaport) reports that Kimberly McManama O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, “co-author of an accompanying editorial (7/31) and a psychiatry researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston,” said in an email to Reuters, “The choice to graphically depict the suicide death of the star of the series was a controversial decision.” O’Brien added, “Research has shown that pictures or detailed descriptions of how or where a person died by suicide can be a factor in vulnerable individuals.”

Also covering the story are the Washington Times (7/31, Kelly), the AP (7/31, Tanner), AFP (7/31), TIME (7/31, Schrobsdorff), HealthDay (7/31, Mozes), Healio (7/31, Tedesco), and Medical Daily (7/31, Delzo).

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— “A million more web searches about suicide after ‘13 Reasons Why’,” Lisa Rappaport, Reuters, July 31, 2017.

Symptoms Of Autism Often Less Obvious In Girls Than Boys

In its “Shots” blog and on its “Morning Edition” program, NPR (7/31, Neighmond, Greenhalgh) reports that while boys, who are diagnosed with autism 4.5 time more frequently than girls, “appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder,” there is “some evidence that the gender gap may not be as wide as it appears.” Autism specialist and psychiatrist Louis Kraus, a psychiatrist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, explained “that’s because the symptoms of autism are often less obvious in girls than they are in boys. Girls can be better at blending in.”

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— “‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls,” Patti Neighmond and Jane Greenlaigh, NPR, July 31, 2017.

White House Commission Urges Trump Declare Opioid National Emergency

USA Today (7/31, Estepa) reports that the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis “called for a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in a report released Monday.” The interim report from the commission described the crisis as “unparalleled,” and said that by declaring a national emergency, “President Trump’s cabinet would be able to take action and would force Congress to find funding for solutions.” The report states, “It would also awaken every American to this simple fact: If this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will. … You, Mr. President, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.”

The New York Times (7/31, Goodnough, Subscription Publication) says the panel also “proposed waiving a federal rule that sharply limits the number of Medicaid recipients who can receive residential addiction treatment.” In addition, it recommended “expanding access to medications that help treat opioid addiction, requiring ‘prescriber education initiatives’ and providing model legislation for states to allow a standing order for anyone to receive naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.”

The Washington Post (7/31, Ingraham) reports the commission’s report’s recommendations include “encouraging the development of non-opioid pain relievers,” broadening “good Samaritan” laws, and “mandating that every local law enforcement officer in the nation carry naloxone.”

Related Links:

— “Commission urges President Trump to declare emergency over opioid crisis,” Jessica Estepa, USA Today, July 31, 2017.