Opioids
Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'  ABC NEWS · 4 hours
Massachusetts court filing says company that makes opioid sought 'blizzard of prescriptions' when it launched the drug in the 1990s more
Documents: OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales  ABC NEWS · 5 hours
A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions... more
Keele University researchers receive £2.4 million grant to help reduce overprescribing of opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 24 hours
A research team from Keele University's Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences has been awarded a major grant of £2.4 million... more
The course of back pain over time  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Back pain is among the most frequently reported health problems in the world. New research examines patterns in back pain over time and identifies the patient characteristics and the extent of healthcare and medication... more
Meth’s resurgence spotlights lack of meds to combat the addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment... more
Opiod prescriptions for pet dogs misused by their masters  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new study has shown that Americans are probably increasingly consuming the opioid analgesics that are prescribed for their pet dogs. The research shows that one of the reasons behind... more
Misused veterinary prescriptions could contribute to the ongoing opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
The increase in opioid prescriptions for people over the past decade may have been paralleled by an increase in opioid prescriptions for pets, according to a study from... more
First smartphone app to detect opioid overdose and its precursors  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have developed a cellphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone's breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred. more
Scientific Meeting » HEAL Initiative Technical Assistance Webinar  NIMH · 5 days
This technical assistance webinar will provide an overview of the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) listed below, and address general questions from potential applicants about the HEAL Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older... more
Research examines patterns in back pain over time  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Back pain is among the most frequently reported health problems in the world. New research published in Arthritis Care & Research, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology and the... more
Judge dismisses opioid crisis lawsuits against drugmakers  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers brought by 37 cities and towns in the state that blame the companies for the opioid crisis more
Medical News Today: Kratom: Everything you need to know  MNT · 6 days
Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Some people take it for its stimulant or opioid-like effects. Learn about the possible risks in this article. more
[Research Articles] Opioid overdose detection using smartphones  Science Magazine · 6 days
Early detection and rapid intervention can prevent death from opioid overdose. At high doses, opioids (particularly fentanyl) can cause rapid cessation of breathing (apnea), hypoxemic/hypercarbic respiratory failure, and death, the physiologic sequence by which... more
Caution must be taken while prescribing opioid to tobacco users to prevent addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Tobacco is a known risk factor for the misuse of prescription opioids. In addition, concurrent use of opioids and sedative-hypnotics is a... more
Opioids contribute to rise in suicides and overdoses in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a key contributor to... more
Opioids fueled a doubling of suicides and overdoses in the US  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a key contributor to... more
Study confirms increased pneumonia risk with prescription opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A study led by researchers at Yale University has shown that taking prescribed opioids increases the risk of pneumonia, irrespective of HIV status. more
Growing opioid crisis adds to Puerto Rico's problems  ABC NEWS · 1 week
An opioid problem is growing in Puerto Rico even as the U.S. territory struggles to cope with an economic crisis and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria more
Drugmakers seek sanctions over '60 Minutes' comments  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Several drug manufacturers targeted in lawsuits over the opioid crisis have asked a federal judge in Cleveland to sanction Ohio's governor-elect and two other lawyers for statements made in television interviews more
Medical News Today: What to know about oxycodone  MNT · 2 weeks
Oxycodone is an opioid drug that doctors prescribe to help manage moderate to severe pain. In this article, we look at the uses, risks, and effectiveness of oxycodone, along with its addictive... more
The opioid crisis: What we should learn from the AIDS epidemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
There are important lessons to be learned from the successes and failures of the AIDS response that could inform our response to the opioid epidemic. Decades... more
Almost 9000 children and teens died from opioid poisonings in over two decades, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Nearly 9,000 children and adolescents died from opioid poisonings with prescription and illicit drugs between 1999 and 2016... more
After naloxone, when can opioid overdose patients be safely discharged?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Naloxone has saved thousands of lives. But can patients be safely discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) just an hour after they receive the medication that curtails drug... more
Study assesses when opioid overdose patients can be safely discharged after naloxone treatment  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Naloxone has saved thousands of lives. But can patients be safely discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) just an hour after they... more
Researchers discover extent of opioid use and abuse in head and neck cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Cancer patients are often prescribed pain medications, for example during recovery from surgical procedures. However, for many cancer patients, the... more
Study examines opioid prescribing rates for pediatric patients in EDs  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Opioids for pain management in pediatric patients are sometimes necessary but their use has raised concerns about the effects of opioids and later abuse. more
Massachusetts doctor pleads not guilty in opioid death  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A Massachusetts doctor charged in the death of a woman who overdosed on opioids he prescribed has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter more
Urine drug testing may be important in early phases of addiction treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study shows that urine drug testing can be a useful tool to treat patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care... more
US urges doctors to write more Rx for overdose antidote  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
U.S. government tells doctors to consider prescribing overdose reversal drugs to many more patients who take opioid painkillers more
Hep C and drug abuse often go hand in hand, but screening for infection lags  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis... more
Why Aren't More Users Of Opioids Or Meth Screened For Hepatitis C?  NPR · 4 weeks
As the number of people who inject drugs and share needles has soared, the rate of infection with Hep C has climbed too. Yet... more
Opioids Don't Really Do That Much for Chronic Pain, Meta-Analysis Finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Not only do prescription opioid drugs come with a risk of addiction and overdose, but they also appear to provide little benefit for patients with chronic... more
Early postpartum initiation of opioids associated with persistent use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Vanderbilt researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications... more
Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period,... more
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