January 5, 2012 |
About 200 million people around the world use illegal drugs every year, and that may be taking a toll on health and death rates in various countries, says a report released Thursday in the Lancet. The study , part of a series the journal is doing on addiction, offers a plethora of information about use of opioids, amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana worldwide, based on reports about drug use, drug dependence, deaths, and health-related fallouts from illegal drug use. Those four drug categories were chosen since information on other substances, such as ecstasy, anabolic steroids and hallucinogenic drugs, is sketchier.
June 18, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration says it is investigating the unexplained deaths of two patients in the wake of receiving intramuscular injections of the antipsychotic medication Zyprexa (generic name olanzapine). The patients died three to four days after receiving appropriate doses of Zyprexa Relprevv, which is designed to release slowly into the blood over two to four weeks and provide regular dosing for adults with schizophrenia. The FDA says the deaths occurred well after the three-to-four-hour window following injection during which patients should be monitored in a physician's office for a potentially deadly complication called post-injection delirium sedation syndrome (PDSS)
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October 19, 2010 |
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services released files on 20 previously undisclosed cases of children who died of maltreatment after being under the department's scrutiny. Other cases still unreported by the department have been confirmed by The Times. Among the cases: On April 26, 2010, a 4-month-old girl died southwest of downtown Los Angeles when her mother rolled on top of her, according to county records. Her mother had a history of methamphetamine use and had been reported to Family Services nine times.
April 6, 2009 |
When it comes to a higher body count, triathlons beat marathons. Not that competitors are dropping like flies, but in a study presented recently at the American College of Cardiology's annual scientific session in Orlando, sudden deaths in triathlons were found to be about twice as high as in marathons: 1.5 per 100,000 versus 0.8 per 100,000. Previous research on marathon deaths had been established, but statistics on sudden deaths in triathlons were not known.
January 10, 2013
Re "Addressing an epidemic of Rx deaths," Editorial, Jan. 7 The Times' news articles and editorial on California's prescription drug monitoring program (CURES) demonstrates the importance of this public health tool. As an emergency physician, I frequently use CURES when evaluating patients. It saves lives, decreases addiction, eliminates unnecessary prescription costs and decreases society's costs resulting from overdoses. Unfortunately, the funding for CURES expired Dec. 31. A reliable funding mechanism is needed immediately.
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August 19, 2013 |
A 25-year-old Modesto man has been arrested in connection with the death of his parents, whose bodies were found earlier this month in their burning home. Brandon Pettit and another man, Felix Valverde, 26, were arrested on suspicion of homicide, arson and conspiracy in the deaths of David and Janet Pettit, Modesto police said Saturday. A department news release said only that "information and evidence gathered" led to the "identification of two suspects" but declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.