Opioids
Timely identification of prenatal exposure to opioids, gabapentin could mean more appropriate care  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
Timely identification of newborns exposed to both opioids and gabapentin during pregnancy could mean more appropriate care for newborns experiencing withdrawal, according... more
Opioid overdose treatment: intranasal vs intramuscular naloxone  NEWS MEDICAL · 13 hours
Opioid addiction and dependency have become a common plague in many countries of the world. Accompanying these conditions, opioid overdose is being increasingly encountered in many emergency settings. The standard and highly effective antidote... more
Study uncovers risk factors associated with postpartum opioid overdose  NEWS MEDICAL · 16 hours
Massachusetts researchers have published a new study in the journal Addiction that uncovers several risk factors associated with postpartum opioid overdose. more
Study teases out factors associated with postpartum overdose  SCIENCE DAILY · 18 hours
A new study uncovers several risk factors associated with postpartum opioid overdose. more
Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
A team has examined the effects of kratom and the potential impacts on people with alcohol use disorder. more
Kratom may be effective, but not entirely safe to treat alcohol use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Lawmakers across the United States continue to debate the safety of kratom, an opioid-containing plant that has been listed as a "drug... more
New tool could help detect smaller concentrations of drug powders  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
In 2017, more than 28,000 cases of fatal overdoses in the United States involved fentanyl. Just a pinch of the synthetic opioid, estimated to be 100 times stronger... more
Defendants in opioid case say politico's input not needed  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Johnson & Johnson says there's no need for a judge who ordered the drugmaker to pay $572 million to help clean up Oklahoma's opioid crisis to let several Republican leaders... more
Injectable, flexible electrode could replace rigid nerve-stimulating implants  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, soothe chronic pain, and treat depression and a host of other health conditions without the use of conventional drugs like opioids. Now,... more
Tenn. doctor plans to plead guilty to opioid distribution  ABC NEWS · 3 days
A Tennessee doctor who had five patients fatally overdose in a 10-month span intends to plead guilty to distributing a controlled substance more
Groundwork laid for new kind of neural interface system  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, soothe chronic pain, and treat depression and a host of other health conditions without the use of conventional drugs like... more
How Germany averted an opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction. more
Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%  NPR · 3 days
For some patients in pain, opioids are still part of the long-term solution, doctors say. But by adding meditation, hypnosis or other... more
Opioids do not improve quality of life or depression in OA patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
New research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting suggests that opioids contribute no measurable benefit to quality of life or depression for patients... more
High hepatitis C rates in Ohio linked to opioid misuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
In an effort to further measure the opioid epidemic's impact in Ohio, the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health studied hepatitis C rates within the state and... more
New York judge sets opioid crisis trial for January  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A New York judge has set a trial over the state's claims against the drug industry over the toll of opioids for January more
Mind-body therapies alleviate pain in people prescribed opioids  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain. The researchers found that certain mind-body therapies can reduce pain,... more
E-learning educates medical students on safely prescribing opioids for chronic pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Even in the era of the opioid epidemic and abuse, medical residents report feeling inadequately prepared to prescribe opioids responsibly to patients who medically need them.... more
VA evaluates the effect of opioids, sedatives on veterans  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Veterans who simultaneously take opioids for chronic pain and benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia are at an increased risk of unintentional overdose and death as well as suicide. more
Electronic prescription accountability program may help track opioid prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An electronic prescription accountability program for physicians tracking the number of opioid prescriptions per provider may help institutions identify areas for training and education to prevent overprescribing, according to research... more
Pioneering brain chip to fight opioid addiction: first US clinical test  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Opioid addiction is among the biggest medical conditions troubling the U.S. today, and is far from reaching a solution. In 2017, it claimed almost 50 deaths... more
Study highlights role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new study published Nov. 4, 2019, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies... more
First-in-the-U.S. clinical trial uses deep brain stimulation to tackle opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine, today (Nov. 5) announced the launch of a first-in-the-U.S. clinical trial using deep brain stimulation for... more
Medical News Today: Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?  MNT · 1 week
A new review and meta-analysis has concluded that meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help reduce pain and opioid use. more
Nanoparticle drug delivery provides pain relief and more effective opioid alternative in animal study  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international team of researchers has used nanoparticles to deliver a drug—one that previously failed in clinical trials for pain—into... more
Opioid misuse greatly increases chance of major depressive episode among teen girls  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
New research by Keith Chan of UAlbany's School of Social Welfare shows that among girls ages 12-17, the misuse of opioids greatly increases the... more
Novel research aims to identify new medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study shows the first evidence supporting a role for glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists in opioid reinforcement and... more
Policy changes help reduce opioid prescriptions at Kellogg Eye Center cornea clinic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study in JAMA Ophthalmology details plans by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic – starting... more
GLP-1 receptors could serve as targets for novel medications to treat opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Opioid use disorder and overdose deaths are a major public health crisis in the United States. While medication-assisted treatments for... more
Optometrists reduce opioid prescription without increasing pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Optometrists at the University of Michigan have introduced a new approach to prescribing opioids in an effort to help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic. more
State-mandated policy reduces opioid prescribing without impacting patient satisfaction, pain control  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A state-mandated policy restricting opioid prescriptions along with increased public awareness and education about the opioid epidemic preceded drastic reductions in opioid prescribing and use for... more
Drug overdose deaths in CT doubled in 6 years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past 6 years, largely driven by use of multiple drugs together, according to a team of researchers. more
New online course launched to help providers understand every facet of opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Even if they never write a single prescription for an opioid painkiller, or care for someone who has overdosed on heroin or... more
Study examines link between gift-giving and opioid prescribing by medical specialty  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Physicians who received gifts from pharmaceutical companies related to opioid medications were more likely to prescribe opioids to their patients the following year, compared to physicians... more
American culture is uniquely favorable toward prescribing opioids, suggests study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The longer immigrants live in the United States, the more likely they are to use prescription opioids--a fact that contradicts popular views linking wealth and health, and suggests... more
Researchers are confronting opioid epidemic in multiple ways  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
With opioid drug overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent decades, researchers at Brown University's School of Public Health are confronting the epidemic in multiple ways. more
Researchers find 221% increase in opioid-related drug overdoses in Connecticut  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past six years, largely driven by use of multiple drugs together, according to a team of researchers from the University... more
Gabapentinoid medications increasingly prescribed off-label for adults with cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Between 2005 and 2015, as the opioid crisis in America came into focus, prescriptions for gabapentinoid medications -- gabapentin and pregabalin -- to adults with cancer saw a two-fold increase,... more
Hospitals take shot at opioid makers over cost of treating uninsured for addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
While thousands of cities and counties have banded together to sue opioid makers and distributors in a federal court, another group of... more
Oklahoma governor, lawmakers weigh in on opioid judgment  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are telling the judge who ordered a drugmaker to pay $572 million to help clean up the state's opioid crisis that the company should be responsible... more
Gabapentinoids appear increasingly to be prescribed, off-label, for cancer pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Between 2005 and 2015, as the opioid crisis in America came into focus, prescriptions for gabapentinoid medications -- gabapentin and pregabalin -- to adults with cancer saw a... more
Most People Don't Actually Feel Euphoric When They Take Opioids, Study Finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Mounting research suggests that the average person doesn't actually reach a euphoric state after taking opioids. more
Governor: Ohio making plans to divide future opioid dollars  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Gov. Mike DeWine says 100 lawyers and government officials from across the state have made a "positive start" on deciding how millions of dollars Ohio communities might receive through national... more
Sanford Burnham Prebys scientist receives $3.58 million to advance treatment for opioid-use disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded a $3.58 million grant to Sanford Burnham Prebys... more
Anesthesia has no influence on risk of breast cancer recurrence, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
One of the largest global studies in the field of anaesthesia, in which the MedUni Vienna has participated, showed that, following curative breast cancer... more
Involving patients in pain management decisions significantly reduces opioid prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Women who undergo a hysterectomy are often prescribed at least twice as many opioids as they use - but there may be a simple way to change that. more
One in three patients may experience side effects from ketamine infusions for pain management  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States, ketamine use has grown as a pain management alternative, yet... more
The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Not every state wants to sign on to a potential $48 billion settlement to opioid lawsuits across the country; one said it's not a framework but rather a "pile of... more
The Latest: State lawyers: We're confident of opioid deal  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
State attorneys general who are negotiating with drug companies say they're confident that other state and local governments will sign on to a settlement in principle with five companies over... more
$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the toll of opioids, averting what would... more
The Latest: Attorneys general still want big deal on opioids  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A group of state attorneys general say they're still pushing to finalize a nationwide settlement over the toll of opioids with companies in the drug industry more
Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
The Latest: Companies reach deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
One in five patients prescribed opioids after cardiac device implantation surgery, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
One in five patients is prescribed opioids after having a pacemaker or similar device implanted, according to a large US study conducted... more
Study: One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Nearly one-third of children who had surgery to remove their tonsils did not need opioids to get adequate pain relief during and after surgery,... more
1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
First federal trial on U.S. opioid crisis is to focus on how powerful prescription painkillers were distributed more
Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy is suggesting other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle lawsuits seeking to hold the industry accountable for the national... more
Systematic review: Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use and potential abuse, suggests a systematic review of published studies being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 annual... more
Unnecessary opioid prescribing after cesarean delivery remains high  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Nearly 90% of women who did not use opioids in the hospital after cesarean delivery were nonetheless discharged with a prescription for opioids, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019... more
Colorectal surgery patients in ERAS program report less pain, use fewer opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids,... more
Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Negotiations aimed at a major settlement of opioid lawsuits have ended for the day without a deal more
CEOs, attorneys general trying to reach opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Chief executives of a handful of pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies are negotiating with government attorneys to see if they can reach a settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the... more
Training social workers to address and respond to the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Nancy Ochoa was 15 years old the first time she used heroin with a group of friends. At 16, four months after the birth of her... more
Medical News Today: Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?  MNT · 4 weeks
A new discovery in the estuarine waters of Tasmania may lead to the development of a safe and effective alternative to opioids, scientists reveal. more
Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A jury has been selected for the first federal opioid trial, but talks to settle the case before opening arguments next week are taking another step more
The Latest: Jury chosen for opioid trial, but talks continue  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A jury has been chosen for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis even as the push for a settlement continues more
Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
New research shows that a specific mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain's response to natural, healthy rewards while also... more
The Latest: Jury selection resumes for opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Jury selection for a major trial on the toll of opioids has resumed even as major drug distributors and manufacturers press for a settlement of thousands of claims against them more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as jury is built  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as trial looms  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation's persistent opioid crisis as their trial date draws closer more
The Latest: Day 1 of opioid lawsuit jury selection concludes  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland has concluded more
Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 4 weeks
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Medical News Today: Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 4 weeks
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Temple researchers win NIH grant to study HIV-related neuroinflammation in context of opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Temple research team a 5-year, $3.27 million grant to study neuroinflammation following... more
The Latest: Opioid lawyers picking jury in hard-hit area  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Attorneys in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland must pick a jury from a pool of people in a state that's been ravaged by the addiction and overdose crisis more
The Latest: Potential opioid jurors asked about drug firms  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Lawyers and the judge in a landmark opioid trial are screening potential jurors for bias involving their views on drug companies more
The Latest: Jury selection begins in landmark opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Jury selection has begun in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis after a last-minute effort to delay the case more
The Latest: Judge denies delay in federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Attorneys for several defendants in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland have asked a federal judge to delay it because of media coverage surrounding a possible $18 billion settlement more
Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first federal trial over the opioids epidemic more
Developing new mobile app to target victims of rural child sex trafficking  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report... more
New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A new study finds that the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion over the past four years more
New federal grant to expand outreach to help underserved communities battle opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
According to government data, more than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 by overdosing on opioids. In response to the opioid crisis, the... more
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to researchers. more
Bioelectronic implant could prevent opioid deaths  nanowerk · 1 month
Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving dose of naloxone. more
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