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Antihistamines A common Contributor In Opioid Overdose Deaths?

A recent analysis by the CDC and published in Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Reports has shown that antihistamines play a role in the growing drug overdose crisis. Of the total US drug overdose deaths reported to the CDC from 2019 to 2020, 13,574 (14.79%) involved antihistamine positivity. First-generation H1 subtype antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, made …

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FDA alerts health care professionals of risks to patients exposed to xylazine in illicit drugs

The FDA has issued an alert to healthcare professionals warning about the risks of patients being exposed to xylazine, a veterinary sedative, in illicit drugs. The alert states that xylazine has been found in counterfeit versions of opioid drugs and other illicit substances, and can lead to serious side effects such as respiratory depression, coma, …

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