Netflix to cut back on smoking after ‘Stranger Things’ criticism

(CNN)Netflix has promised to curb depictions of smoking in new programs following a report that pointed a finger at its hit series “Stranger Things,” whose first two seasons featured tobacco in every episode. “Going forward, all new projects that we commission with ratings of TV-14 or below for series or PG-13 or below for films, will be smoking and e-cigarette free — except for reasons of historical or factual accuracy,” said a statement shared with CNN by a Netflix spokesperson. Read full article here!

What new opioid laws mean for pain relief – Dozens of states are cracking down on the amount of prescription painkillers doctors can prescribe.

Overdoses of powerful painkillers called opioids kill more than 115 people per day in the United States. More than 42,000 people died from opioids in 2016, five times more than in 1999. The reason? Since several of these powerful painkillers became available in pill form several decades ago, doctors have been prescribing more than patients need. “It is estimated that a large part of leftover opioids are diverted to the street, either deliberately or through theft,” says Dr. Edgar Ross, senior clinician at the Pain Management Center at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The misuse of opioids is a risk …

One in Five Americans Gets Hurt By Someone Else’s Drinking Every Year

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well-documented—the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year in the U.S. due to exposure to someone else’s cigarette habit. But a new study out Monday suggests that the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption are another source of serious harm, with one in five Americans hurt by another person’s drinking annually.   Click here to read full article!

The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already addicted to opioids. Keeping people who do not have an opioid use disorder from becoming addicted is an equally important task. Addressing overprescribing of pain medications through improved pain management and prescription monitoring has been one important prevention approach; and as illicit opioids like heroin and imported fentanyl become more prevalent, reducing the supply of those substances through law enforcement efforts …

NYC’s CBD Edibles Ban Has Officially Gone Into Effect

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that it would begin ordering all restaurants and bars in the city to stop selling CBD-infused products, citing an FDA ruling from December saying that it is “unlawful to add CBD to food or drink.” Read full article here!

Feds warns of THC-infused products that look like real candy June 20, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor is warning parents to watch out for products that contain the main psychoactive component in marijuana and look like real candy. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in Charleston says in a news release the packages can be appealing to children but contain THC.   Click here to read whole article!

‘Secret Shopper’ Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new “secret shopper” study found that IDs were checked only about half the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires tobacco retailers to check an ID for anyone appearing to be under 27, and California law bars sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21. Click here to read whole article!

Teaching Patients to Regulate Emotions May Ease Chronic Pain

MILWAUKEE — A novel primary care–based behavioral intervention designed to recalibrate the negative emotions that can perpetuate chronic pain is beneficial for older adults with varying levels of cognitive function, new research suggests. Preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of 100 older patients showed that those who underwent the 8-week PATH-Pain program had greater improvement in pain intensity and depressive symptom scores compared with their peers who received education only. Key components of PATH-Pain include psycho-education about the relationship between pain and emotion, problem solving techniques to address everyday situations, behavioral activation, the scheduling of pleasant activities, and skills …

Keeping Watch on Pain in Older Adults

Individuals respond differently to pain and pain relief by Liz Carey January 9, 2019 Chronic pain becomes more common as people grow older, at least in part because of health problems, such as osteoarthritis, that become more prevalent. Military veterans are another group at increased risk for chronic pain. There is almost always a real problem behind pain. Stemming from an underlying disease or health condition, medical treatment (such as surgery), an injury, inflammation, a problem in the nervous system, or the unknown, pain can be accompanied by difficulty in moving around, disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression and other problems that can …

COPD Hospitalization Risk Linked to Opioid/Benzodiazepine Use

Opioid and benzodiazepine use was associated with more adverse respiratory events in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Furthermore, although adverse effects are not exacerbated in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, those with high-complexity COPD are at greater risk for adverse events when using both opioids and benzodiazepine. This case-control study included 3232 individuals who were hospitalized in 2014 for COPD or a related diagnosis, as well as 6247 controls matched for age, gender, socioeconomic status, COPD medication and complexity, obstructive sleep apnea, comorbidity, and index date. All participants …