Keywords: opioid use disorder, fentanyl exposure, baltimore, (PubMed Search)
Since 2013, the availability of fentanyl has been increasing in the illicit drug supply, especially in heroin supply. Fentanyl and its analogs have been responsible for the dramatic increase in opioid overdose death over the past 5 years.
Two recent cross-sectional studies screened ED patients with opioid use disorder for fentanyl exposure.
Bach H et al. Prevalence of fentanly exposure among emergency department patients with history of opioid abuse. Clin Toxicol 2019 May https://doi.org/10.1080/15563650.2019.1598646 (Abstract presented at the EAPCCT 2019, Naples, Italy)
Dezman ZDW et al. Evidence of fentanyl use is common and frequently missed in a cross-sectional study of emergency deparmtne patients in Baltimore, Maryland. Clin Toxicol 2019 April 17. https://doi.org/10.1080/15563650.2019.1605078