Opioids
Another possible consequence of the opioid epidemic: hormone deficiencies  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Many people who use opioid medications long term do not produce enough testosterone or another important hormone, cortisol, according to a new study. more
New model more effective in predicting risk of opioid overdose than traditional models  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Current approaches to identifying people who are at high risk for overdosing on opioids target many who are not truly at high... more
Naltrexone implant more effective in reducing relapses in HIV patients with opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
When patients with HIV who are also battling opioid dependence go without addiction treatment, they are more likely to stop taking their... more
Naltrexone implant helps HIV patients with opioid dependence prevent relapse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study shows that a naltrexone implant placed under the skin was more effective at helping HIV-positive patients with an opioid addiction reduce relapse and have better... more
Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave  NPR · 3 days
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get... more
Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins  NPR · 3 days
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some... more
UTSA professor helps train first responders to detect prescription opioid overdoses  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
James Bray, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Psychology, is working on a research project with agencies in Houston to train first responders in... more
US opioid prescriptions drop by a half but it’s not all good news  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The number of opioid prescriptions issued each month in the US dropped to less than a half. However, experts remain concerned about... more
Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects immediate opioid trial delay  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday rejected drugmakers' request to immediately postpone the May start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of fueling the state's opioid epidemic more
The Latest: Oklahoma court: No immediate opioid trial delay  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the May start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of fueling the state's... more
With lawsuits looming, OxyContin maker considers bankruptcy  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The company that made billions selling OxyContin says it is considering bankruptcy protection as trial dates for opioid lawsuits get closer more
Blunting emotional component associated with pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Chronic pain involves more than just hurting. People suffering from pain often experience sadness, depression and lethargy. That's one reason opioids can be so addictive -- they not only dampen the pain but also make people... more
Researchers investigate the impact of the statewide opioid crisis on teachers  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have evaluated the impact of the opioid crisis in classrooms across the Mountain State through a survey of 2,205 teachers in 49 counties. more
Researchers investigate the impact of the statewide opioid crisis on teachers  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When their family members struggle with substance use disorders, children bring experiences of neglect, trauma and often, mental health issues into the classroom, creating challenging environments... more
Opioid manufacturers ask Oklahoma's top court to delay trial  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Opioid manufacturers accused of fueling an opioid epidemic in Oklahoma are asking the state's highest court to delay a civil trial more
Study explores whether Nordic countries could head towards opioid crisis like the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Addiction to prescription opioids has reached a crisis level in the United States. Now the drug is causing concern across the Atlantic.... more
Opioid crisis: Only a US phenomenon?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Addiction to prescription opioids has reached a crisis level in the United States. Now the drug is causing concern across the Atlantic. Researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden urge caution after discovering that prescriptions for the... more
'Queen of Versailles' family turns attention to opioid crisis after daughter's death  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
David and Jackie Siegel turned their attention to nation's opioid crisis after their daughter's 2015 death. more
Oklahoma judge denies delay requests in opioid lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
An Oklahoma judge has denied a request by 13 pharmaceutical companies to delay the state's lawsuit accusing them of fraudulently marketing drugs that have fueled the opioid crisis more
Intravenous drug use related to dramatic increase in dangerous heart infection  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Hospital admissions for a dangerous heart infection related to intravenous drug use increased by 436 percent from 2012-2017 at a medical center in a region hit... more
Many heroin users are not prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is... more
First lady prods media to cover opioids as much as 'gossip'  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Melania Trump is prodding the press to devote as much coverage to the opioid epidemic as it does to "idle gossip or trivial stories" more
Heroin users aware of fentanyl, but at high risk of overdosing  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the... more
OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors... more
Persistant opioid use in the family may be risk factor for young adults after surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Having a family member with persistent opioid use may be a risk factor for young adults continuing prescriptions... more
Opioid use in the family may influence adolescents' opioid risk after surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Having a family member with persistent opioid use may be a risk factor for young adults continuing prescriptions long after their own surgeries, a... more
Study: Fewer American hospital programs address opioid abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The damage done to America's health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous, with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the... more
Study findings can help develop new drugs for ischemia  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Russian scientists investigated the role of opioid receptors in protecting the heart from coronary disease: the lack of its blood supply. more
Should drug dealers be charged with murder? States ponder  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The opioid crisis is spurring many states to take a tougher stance against drug dealers, including creating laws that treat fatal overdoses as murders and manslaughters more
Study analyzes geographic distribution of opioid-related deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Identifying changes in the geographic distribution of opioid-related deaths is important, and this study analyzed data for more than 351,000 U.S. residents who died of opioid-related causes from 1999 to 2016. more
$1.5 million grant to develop opioid treatment program for jail detainees  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation's top public health crises, a University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher is teaming... more
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