Opioids
Preference for fentanyl higher among young, white, frequent opioid users  SCIENCE DAILY · 12 hours
A minority of people who use illicit opioids indicated a preference for fentanyl, the super-potent synthetic opioid that accounts for much of the recent rise in US overdose... more
Alarming number of life-threatening heart infections related to drug abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 12 hours
As the nationwide opioid epidemic continues, more young people are developing a life-threatening heart infection that can result from drug abuse. more
Alarming number of heart infections tied to opioid epidemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 16 hours
As the nationwide opioid epidemic continues, more young people are developing a life-threatening heart infection that can result from drug abuse. It predominantly affects young, white, poor men who also... more
UVA leads statewide effort to fight opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 24 hours
The University of Virginia School of Medicine is leading a statewide effort to battle the opioid crisis and reduce the number of people dying from it. more
'Blood money'? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Some of the money in Purdue Pharma's proposed multibillion-dollar opioid settlement would come from the continued sale of opioids more
Can Purdue Pharma's opioid settlement win judge's approval?  ABC NEWS · 2 days
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says its bankruptcy filing is not a way to seek refuge but rather an effort to resolve claims against it more
The Latest: First hearing set on Purdue bankruptcy  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Lawyers representing local governments say claims blaming the drug industry for the opioid crisis will continue even after one key company filed for bankruptcy protection more
'Once you have it, you need it': Opioid epidemic still rages  ABC NEWS · 3 days
As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the... more
The Latest: Other opioid claims move ahead amid bankruptcy  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Lawyers representing local governments say claims blaming the drug industry for the opioid crisis will continue even after one key company filed for bankruptcy protection more
After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook  ABC NEWS · 3 days
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy protection in a deal that would give its future profits to those suing it over the toll of opioids more
New study identifies focus points to prevent opioid overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A new study identifies specific locations where medication and harm reduction services for people with opioid use disorder should be available in order to have the greatest impact... more
Amid settlement talks, opioids keep taking a grim toll  ABC NEWS · 3 days
As the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with its blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on in state after state, community after community more
Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis are seeking to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases more
Focus points to reduce opioid overdose deaths identified  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study identifies specific locations where medication and harm reduction services for people with opioid use disorder should be available in order to have the greatest impact on reducing opioid overdose... more
Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Attorneys general representing about half the states say they reject the terms of a deal to settle claims against the maker of OxyContin for its role in the opioid crisis more
Polysubstance use in young adults -- are there predictable patterns?  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researchers offer their insights on the non-medical use of prescription drugs among US young adults, exploring patterns and drivers of young adults' non-medical use of prescription drugs --... more
Some states say they'll keep fighting Purdue Pharma in court  ABC NEWS · 7 days
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement to government lawsuits over its role in a national opioid crisis, but that won't end its legal battles more
Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Public officials in Akron, Ohio, say no amount of money will restore the families and institutions that have been upended by the opioid crisis more
Tentative opioid deal won't end court battles for Purdue  ABC NEWS · 1 week
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement to government lawsuits over its role in a national opioid crisis, but that won't end its legal battles more
What's ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Wednesday's tentative settlement between Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family and some state, local and tribal governments could provide a template for a global settlement in thousands of opioid lawsuits filed in Cleveland. more
Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Roughly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative deal with Purdue Pharma, but the agreement announced Wednesday falls short of the national settlement the OxyContin maker... more
The Latest: Attorneys general are split on opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 1 week
State attorneys general are offering mixed opinions on a tentative opioid-crisis settlement reached between governments and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family more
OxyContin maker reaches tentative opioid-crisis settlement  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Nearly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis more
Reducing opioid overdose risk in incarcerated women after prison release  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
More than 75 percent of incarcerated women in Oregon's state prison system require treatment for a substance use disorder. more
Attorneys: OxyContin maker agrees to tentative settlement  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis more
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of... more
Teens with severe opioid use disorder can be treated with medications  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. more
Developing next generation treatment to counteract opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
There are many moments in the human experience when tragedy elicits not only compassion, but inspiration. When Mike Zhang heard the story of a mother whose son died of an opioid overdose... more
Prolonged opioid use linked to low testosterone  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A new study has confirmed that a major effect of opioid overuse in adults is hypogonadism, or the abnormally low secretion of testosterone. This is associated with low sexual interest, loss of muscle and... more
Study examines screening and treatment of opioid-induced low testosterone in men  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Long-term opioid use previously has been linked with low testosterone in men. What has been unclear is how many men taking opioids had been screened or... more
Email: Opioid talks fail, Purdue bankruptcy filing expected  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A breakdown in settlement talks with the maker of OxyContin puts the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic on track to begin next month more
Attorneys general: Opioid settlement talks with Purdue fail  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys general: Attempts to reach opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma hit impasse; company expected to file for bankruptcy more
Opioid talks at impasse; Purdue bankruptcy filing expected  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attempts to reach a nationwide settlement over the opioid crisis with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma have hit an impasse, and the company is expected to file for bankruptcy more
Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off chronic opioid prescriptions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A recent study found an alarming outcome: Patients coming off opioids for pain were three times more likely to die of an overdose in the years... more
Son's opioid addiction subjects mom to goodbye after goodbye  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Sam Ware has overdosed more than 60 times in the past year as Australia's health system makes prescription opioids cheap and easy to get more
Opioids Down Under: Australian mom fights to save son's life  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Sam Ware has overdosed more than 60 times in the past year as Australia's health system makes prescription opioids cheap and easy to get more
An opioid addiction, and an Australian's battle to survive  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Sam Ware has overdosed more than 60 times in the past year as Australia's health system makes prescription opioids cheap and easy to get more
Australian mother fights to save addicted son from opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Sam Ware has overdosed more than 60 times in the past year as Australia's health system makes prescription opioids cheap and easy to get more
Study finds alarming risk for people coming off chronic opioid therapy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
With a huge push to reduce opioid prescribing, little is known about the real-world benefits or risks to patients. more
A mother, a son, and a fight to survive opioids in Australia  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Sam Ware has overdosed more than 60 times in the past year as Australia's health system makes prescription opioids cheap and easy to get more
Intimate look at a mom, a son, and their battle with opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Deb Ware and her 22-year-old son Sam opened their home to The Associated Press to shine a light on the pharmaceutical opioid addiction that... more
Medical News Today: Doctors more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day  MNT · 2 weeks
A new study finds that doctors are more likely to write opioid prescriptions during the last appointments of the day and if... more
Opioid crisis goes global as deaths surge in Australia  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic was once considered an American phenomenon, but Australia is facing an opioid crisis of its own as drug companies aggressively market the drugs abroad and warnings are... more
Italian MD, pharmacists probed for prescribed opioid abuse  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Italian authorities have suspended from practice a doctor and three pharmacists suspected of fraudulent prescription of opioids more
Surging prescriptions, deaths: Australia faces opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic was once considered an American phenomenon, but Australia is facing an opioid crisis of its own as drug companies aggressively market the drugs abroad and warnings are ignored more
Patients in the US and Canada are likely to receive opioids after surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid... more
Australia faces opioid crisis as companies push drugs abroad  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic was once considered an American phenomenon, but Australia is facing an opioid crisis of its own as drug companies aggressively market the drugs abroad and warnings are... more
Australia faces its own opioid crisis after warnings ignored  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic was once considered an American phenomenon, but Australia is facing an opioid crisis of its own as drug companies aggressively market the drugs abroad and warnings are... more
Opioids after surgery overly prescribed in USA and Canada  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study covering several institutions shows that patients recovering from surgery in the US or Canada have a 50% chance of being treated with opioids. This is seven times... more
Australia follows familiar, grim path to an opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Australia is following the same ominous course as the United States, with skyrocketing rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths more
Fentanyl As A Dark Web Profit Center, From Chinese Labs To U.S. Streets  NPR · 2 weeks
Fentanyl, Inc. author Ben Westhoff says the opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any... more
Trump administration announcing nearly $2B in opioid grants  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The Trump administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to states and local governments to help fight the opioid crisis more
Prescription drug monitoring program mandates  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
States that require prescribers to register with and use prescription drug monitoring programs in most clinical circumstances saw notably fewer opioid prescriptions and reduced opioid-related hospital use by Medicaid patients compared to states with weak or no drug... more
Judge: Drugmakers, others can face trial over opioids crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal judge overseeing litigation related to the nation's opioids epidemic has ruled that claims against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies can move to trial as the OxyContin maker... more
What to know about opiate withdrawal  MNT · 2 weeks
When coming off prescription or recreational opiate or opioid drugs, people may experience withdrawal symptoms. Learn about the symptoms, timeline, and treatments here. more
Medical News Today: What to know about opiate withdrawal  MNT · 2 weeks
When coming off prescription or recreational opiate or opioid drugs, people may experience withdrawal symptoms. Learn about the symptoms, timeline, and treatments here. more
Ohio attorney general sues to stop upcoming opioid trials  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing to stop upcoming trials seen as test cases for forcing drug makers to pay for societal damage inflicted by the opioid epidemic more
Oregon official: Family shifted billions from opioid company  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Oregon's attorney general says in a lawsuit the Sackler family siphoned $11 billion from Purdue Pharma L.P., the Oxycontin maker the family owns and which is facing numerous lawsuits, in an attempt... more
Some states, towns skeptical over proposed opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Some state attorneys general and local governments are skeptical of a proposed settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over its role in the nation's opioid addiction crisis more
1 drug company announces details of $5M opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Drug company Allergan has announced details of its $5 million settlement with two Ohio counties suing over opioids more
Sackler family member ordered to testify in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A Connecticut court has ordered a member of the Sackler family to testify in Rhode Island's lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma over its role in causing the national opioid... more
An overview about emerging prevalence of post opioid-overdose interventions in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Opioid-related deaths continue to take the lives of thousands in the U.S. each year, with non-fatal opioid overdoses as a significant risk factor for... more
Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The number of overdose deaths and quantify of pills distributed to local communities are among the factors that would determine how to divide money from any legal settlement related to... more
Opioid settlement would use a formula to split the money  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to settle lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local... more
Inflammation in the gut and brain may exacerbate symptoms linked with opioid withdrawal  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Opioid dependence has become a national crisis with serious impact on economic and social welfare, and numerous casualties. more
Post opioid-overdose interventions emerge in US  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Opioid-related deaths continue to take the lives of thousands in the US each year, with non-fatal opioid overdoses as a significant risk factor for a subsequent fatal overdose. Post-overdose interventions are emerging in affected communities, using... more
We still don't understand the full impact of prenatal opioid exposure on childhood development  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
While the opioid epidemic has been reported on extensively, data on the effects of prenatal opioid exposure on childhood development... more
Most-comprehensive analysis of fentanyl crisis urges innovative action  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The sudden appearance of the drug fentanyl in the US has driven up overdose deaths dramatically, even as the abuse of heroin and other opioids has shown signs of stabilizing. In the... more
What we don't know about prenatal opioid exposure  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
'Will the baby be OK?' In cases of prenatal opioid exposure, the answer is unclear. Developmental psychologists collected and reviewed 52 publications to identify what's known so far about how prenatal opioid... more
OxyContin maker, governments in talks to settle lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
States and local governments are in talks to settle lawsuits with the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the... more
OxyContin maker negotiating settlement worth a reported $12B  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Published reports say Purdue Pharma and the thousands of state and local governments suing the maker of OxyContin over its central role in the deadly opioid crisis are negotiating a $10 billion... more
Popular pain medication associated with greater risk of hypoglycemia  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
As the opioid tramadol has grown in popularity so too have documented cases of adverse effects. In a new study, researchers show that patients who take tramadol are at greater... more
Study reveals link between popular pain medication and greater risk of hypoglycemia  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Since its approval in 1995, the opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) has become a widely prescribed remedy for osteoarthritis and other painful... more
Australian overdose deaths - sinister new trend  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The incidence of unintentional overdose leading to death is still going up in Australia, says Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2019. Most of the drugs involved are very powerful. They include prescription opioids and benzodiazepines... more
J&J bolts higher after verdict in Oklahoma opioid case  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Johnson & Johnson investors relieved after opioid verdict of well short of $17 billion sought by Oklahoma more
J&J shares rise despite $572M Okla. verdict in opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Johnson & Johnson investors relieved after an Oklahoma judge imposed a verdict of only $572M late Monday for its role in the nation's opioid crisis; company plans to... more
Front-line primary care providers given tools to play larger role in tackling opioid abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Buprenorphine and naltrexone can help break a person's addiction to life-threatening opioid use disorder, but they can be hard for... more
What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A look at the complex litigation that lies ahead in the opioid crisis has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000, ravaging communities and sparking complex litigation. more
Judge orders drugmaker to pay $572 million in opioid lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million, more... more
Okla. judge orders drugmaker to pay $572M in opioid lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million, more... more
Q&A: What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A look at the complex litigation that lies ahead in the opioid crisis has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000, ravaging communities and sparking complex litigation. more
Q&A: Judgment in Oklahoma opioid suit; more coming across US  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An opioid crisis has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000, ravaging communities and sparking complex litigation. more
Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker, orders $572M payment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help clean up the... more
Breast cancer patients with mental health conditions have higher opioid use, reduced survival  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Elderly women battling breast cancer who have anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions are more likely to use opioids and more... more
Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
An opioid crisis has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000, ravaging communities and sparking complex litigation. more
West Virginia AG sues opioid makers, says they hid risks  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
West Virginia's top prosecutor says he's sued the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs more
Anxiety, depression associated with increased opioid use following surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the... more
Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the... more
Study explores obstacles to treating opioid use disorder with an effective medication  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In an effort to find ways to improve long-term outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher Elizabeth Evans... more
Massage Therapy Foundation announces research grant to address pain and opioid use in veterans  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The Massage Therapy Foundation has awarded $210,000 for a research grant to the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain... more
Hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. Thus, the overwhelming majority (88 percent)... more
Patients who start long-term buprenorphine treatment are less likely to use opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox... more
2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Two drugmakers have reached settlements on claims filed by the first two Ohio counties set to go to trial in the national opioid lawsuit. more
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