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May 6, 2016
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February 1, 2016
ADHD drugs: Perceptions and reality on college campuses
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.
January 29, 2016
Safe Medicine Disposal Protects Against Accidental Poisoning
Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young 
children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was 
not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you 
buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine).  It is important to always store medicines 
up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it. 

Related from NCPIE: Safe In-home Medicine Disposal (30-
second video)
January 28, 2016
College Parents Matter
A website designed to help parents have difficult discussions about substance use with their college-age children.  
Topics include impaired driving, living off campus, housing and roommates, celebrating their 21st birthday safely, 
spring break, holidays and Halloween. The website was created by The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College 
Drinking and Related Problems. 

Ages 18 to 25 are the peak developmental period for the onset of alcohol and other drug problems as well as 
mental health disorders. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until the late 20’s and 
that the “CEO” part of the brain (the regions responsible for planning and regulation of behavior) develops a lot 
slower than the emotional centers of the brain. The result is that young adults in this age group tend to make 
decisions based on their emotions more than sound logical reasoning. Parents can enhance their child’s rational 
decision making.  This  website is intended to help in this regard.  Organized by common situations that increase 
the risk for high-risk drinking, like the 21st birthday, spring break, and housing and roommates, each page has a 
section on why the topic is important and a little bit of the research related to that topic, followed by two sections 
called “ Say this ” and “Not this.”     
January 27, 2016
Revised Opioid Overdose Toolkit Now Available
SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first 
responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.
Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each 
year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died 
from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.

The revised content now includes information on the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone 
hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
January 15, 2016
Overdose Patients Continue to Receive Opioid Prescriptions
Over 90% of patients who survived an overdose from prescription opioids continued to receive prescriptions for the 
drugs after the overdose event, indicates a new report published in the December 28, 2015 issue of the Annals of 
Internal Medicine. These incidents occur because the doctors who prescribe the drugs often do not receive a record 
of the overdose from emergency departments, and patients who are dependent on opioids are less likely to report 
to their prescribing physician that they overdosed and were in the emergency room. 

The study found that patients who continued taking drugs such as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, and Percocet® following 
an overdose were two times more likely to experience another overdose within two years, notes MedlinePlus.  
Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the most frequently prescribed opioids, and according to the study, cause more 
overdose deaths than any other narcotic, indicates MedlinePlus. To conduct the study, researchers used an 
insurance claims database to gather data on nearly 3,000 people who overdosed on prescription opioids over 12 
years. The lead researcher of the study suggests that improving communication between emergency departments 
and prescribing physicians is one step to addressing this problem. (Sources: Marc Larochelle, M.D., M.P.H., 
assistant professor, medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Scott Krakower, D.O., assistant unit chief, 
psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, N.Y.; Dec. 28, 2015, Annals of Internal Medicine)