Scientists Have Come Up With a ‘Vaccine’ Against Designer Drugs

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have just published the results of a study done on a special kind of vaccine in the journal Angewandte Chemie. This vaccine does not guard against a virus. Instead, it blocks the effects of synthetic designer drugs.

Source: Scientists Have Come Up With a ‘Vaccine’ Against Designer Drugs

I know a few who’ve lost loved ones to fentanyl overdoses, so similar to the ability to reverse heroin overdoses – this can be divisive.

Scientists Have Hacked Yeast to Produce Narcotics

Yeast, that magical microorganism that provideth bread and beer, can now make narcotics, too. In a much-anticipated update, a team of scientists from Stanford University has engineered a strain of common brewer’s yeast to turn simple sugars into opioid drugs.

Source: Scientists Have Hacked Yeast to Produce Narcotics

I was glad to see the article addressed my concern – that illegal drug manufacture would benefit.  But the yield is claimed to be so low, it’s only a proof of concept at this point.  But now there’s reason to investigate if the yield can be improved.  The article did not cover what the resources needed were for this, to help determine if it is a better means of producing medications.  There is opioid overdose reversal medication – this article covers how it came to be, and the social implications

“I’ll never ask for another pain pill again”: ℞ database damage in Utah

For the most part, attorney Tyler Ayres practices criminal law in Draper, Utah. If you Google him, the first result reads “Utah DUI Attorney.” But recently, Ayres has grown into a de facto voice against the third-party doctrine and Utah’s drug database, a combination allowing authorities to access citizens’ prescription drug histories nearly carte blanche. Ayres has represented at least a dozen people with unforeseen issues because of this arrangement. The worse abuse he’s seen involves two of his clients: Candy Holmes and Russell Smithey.

Source: “I’ll never ask for another pain pill again”: ℞ database damage in Utah

The databases exist.  I don’t think any pharmacies exist these days without some form.  But the level of access in Utah is a bit tough to stomach.

Ladies!!! The CDC Says to Dial Back the Opioids!!!

The federal health authorities reported Thursday that nearly one-third of women of reproductive age had had an opioid painkiller prescription filled every year from 2008 to 2012. Experts said the practice carried considerable risks for birth defects.

Source: High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Among Women Raise Birth Defect Fears

Fun fact: The side effect of constipation is almost worse than the pain!

They stress in pharmacy training to inform the patient how long it takes between swallowing the pill and feeling the effects (Time of Onset). Some drugs can kick in in minutes, while others can take 30 minutes if not longer. And most importantly, doubling the dose will not reduce the time of onset. There are lots of cases of patients who, not feeling any relief after one Tylenol tablet (Time to Onset: 30-60 min) and being inpatient, ended up taking one pill after another until they are in full blown liver failure.

Related: Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers