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The New York Times May 11, 2022

Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits

by Noah Weiland and Margot Sanger-Katz

New data shows a surge in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and methamphetamine. Overall, the nation saw a 15 percent increase in deaths from overdoses in 2021.

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J Subst Abuse Treat MAY 8, 2022

Treatment retention, return to use, and recovery support following COVID-19 relaxation of methadone take-home dosing in two rural opioid treatment programs: A mixed methods analysis

KA Hoffman et al

Take-home methadone dose relaxations were associated with increased methadone take-home doses, improved retention, and decreased UDT opioid positive results among clinica …

J Subst Abuse Treat JANUARY 1, 2021

Take-home dosing experiences among persons receiving methadone maintenance treatment during COVID-19

MC Figgatt et al

Our study found variation in experiences of take-home dosing by clinic and little diversion of take-home doses. While SAMSHA guidance should allow expanded access to take …

Drug Alcohol Depend MAY 1, 2022

Trends in seizures of powders and pills containing illicit fentanyl in the United States, 2018 through 2021

JJ Palamar et al

Seizures of drugs containing fentanyl have been increasing in the US. Given that over a quarter of fentanyl seizures are now in pill form, people who obtain counterfeit p …

JAMA APRIL 12, 2022

Trends in Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Adolescents, January 2010 to June 2021

J Friedman et al

This study assesses trends in drug overdose deaths among US adolescents aged 14 to 18 years from January 2010 to June 2021, by substance type and race and ethnicity, usin …

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