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Global Health Hot Topics

Global Health Hot Topics

CABI's Global Health database comprehensively covers hot topics that matter.

We regularly select open access content to bring you key research and information on topics of interest. Allowing you to view key information FREE of charge.

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Misuse of opioid drugs

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as the veterinary painkiller fentanyl, and human painkillers available legally by prescription such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. The painkillers not only provide pain relief but like the rest of the class are psychoactive, producing a feeling of euphoria. 

There is much concern about opioid prescription drugs amongst the public and medical profession. 'Taking back control of opioid prescription drugs' is a key theme of September's CABI Global Health e-newsletter and  we have selected records from Global Health about this topic, and provided open access. Please first log on to CAB Direct using the credentials above.


Opioid themed open access records

*~ State of the opioid epidemic: local public health as the first line of defense.
Journal article : NACCHO Exchange 2017 Vol.16 No.1

Can gender difference in prescription drug use be explained by gender-related morbidity?: A study on a swedish population during 2006. BMC Public Health 2014 Vol.14 No.329 (April 2014) 

* Nonmedical use of prescription opioids and injury risk among youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 2016 Vol.25 No.6 

Leftover prescription opioids and nonmedical use among high school seniors: a multi-cohort national study. McCabe, S. E.; West, B. T.; Boyd, C. J. Journal of Adolescent Health 2013 Vol.52 No.4 

New communication platform, message valence, and health risk: does social networking media matter in understanding painkiller use? Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet 2015 Vol.19 No.3/4 

* Misuse of prescription opioid analgesics among adolescents in Greece: the importance of peer use and past prescriptions. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 2014 Vol.21 No.5 

Diversion of prescribed opioids by people living with chronic pain: results from an Australian community sample. Drug and Alcohol Review 2014 Vol.33 No.1 

*~ The prescription, supply and control of prescription-only veterinary medicines (POMs) in zoological collections and wildlife rescue centres.British Veterinary Zoological Society Proceedings of the Autumn Meeting 2014, Lancaster University Management School and Blackpool Zoo, UK, 7-9 November 2014. Invertebrates and Megavertebrates - Veterinary Advances 2014 

Drug poisoning deaths in the United States, 1980-2008. NCHS Data Briefs 2011 No.81 

Descriptive epidemiology and high risk behavior of male prescription opioid abusers: cross-sectional study from Sikkim, North East India. Journal of Psychiatry 2015 Vol.57 No.3 

* not in PubMed
~ Fulltext hosted by CABI


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