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Punishing pregnant women for opioid use increases risks to infants
Many states have sought to address opioid misuse during pregnancy by adopting laws that consider substance use during pregnancy to be a crime or evidence of child neglect. (2019-11-13)
Dartmouth study assesses fracture risk for patients taking multiple medications
There is a strong association between the number of fracture-associated drugs (FADs) older patients receive and their risk of sustaining a hip fracture, according to a new Dartmouth study. (2019-11-13)
Early ID of prenatal exposure to opioids, gabapentin improves timely treatment of newborns
Timely identification of newborns exposed to both opioids and gabapentin during pregnancy could mean more appropriate care for newborns experiencing withdrawal. (2019-11-13)
Opioids offer minor pain relief and function benefits, but no quality of life benefit
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 with osteoarthritis (OA). (2019-11-09)
High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year
A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. (2019-11-08)
VA investigates impact of opioids, sedatives on veterans
Nearly 20 veterans kill themselves each day in the United States, a statistic that has led the Department of Veterans Affairs to make suicide prevention its highest priority and to recognize the risks from the simultaneous use of opioids and benzodiazepines. (2019-11-06)
Black, Hispanic women report more pain postpartum but receive less opioid medication
Non-Hispanic black and Hispanic women were significantly more likely to report higher pain scores compared to non-Hispanic white women during the postpartum period. (2019-11-06)
Mind-body therapies alleviate pain in people prescribed opioids
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 in addressing opioid-treated pain. (2019-11-05)
Substance use, misuse and dependence: A PLOS Medicine special issue
This week sees publication of the first research papers that will form part of PLOS Medicine's latest Special Issue, which is devoted to understanding the substantial challenges caused by substance use and misuse and seeking to inform responses in the health sector and beyond. (2019-11-05)
Evaluating mind-body therapies for opioid-treated pain
Mind-body therapies include things like meditation, hypnosis, relaxation and cognitive behavioral therapy. (2019-11-04)
Nanoparticle drug delivery provides pain relief and more effective opioid alternative in animal study
An international team of researchers has used nanoparticles to deliver a drug -- one that previously failed in clinical trials for pain -- into specific compartments of nerve cells, dramatically increasing its ability to treat pain in mice and rats. (2019-11-04)
Eye doctors prescribe fewer opioids without compromising pain control
After eye surgery, patients get more opioids than necessary, according to findings by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center published in JAMA Ophthalmology. (2019-10-31)
Opioid-related gifts from pharma companies linked to physician prescribing by specialty
Physicians who received gifts from pharmaceutical companies related to opioid medications were more likely to prescribe opioids to their patients in the following year, compared to physicians who did not receive such gifts. (2019-10-30)
Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine
Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a study by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU College of Global Public Health. (2019-10-30)
Opioid prescribing and use drop significantly after state imposes regulations
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 surgical patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) without impacting patient satisfaction with their postoperative pain management. (2019-10-29)
US-born residents more than 5 times likely to use prescription opioids than new immigrants
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 that American culture is uniquely favorable toward prescribing opioids. (2019-10-29)
Drug overdose deaths in CT doubled in 6 years
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 from the University of Connecticut and Yale University. (2019-10-29)
Gabapentinoids appear increasingly to be prescribed, off-label, for cancer pain
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, a University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center study has found. (2019-10-28)
Length of time in US associated with immigrants' opioid use
The more time first-generation immigrants spend in the United States the more likely it appears they will use prescription opioids. (2019-10-25)
Simple conversations can reduce opioid prescriptions after hysterectomy
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. (2019-10-22)
Scientists identify what may be a key mechanism of opioid addiction
Scientists at Scripps Research have discovered a molecular process in brain cells that may be a major driver of drug addiction, and thus may become a target for future addiction treatments. (2019-10-22)
Mayo Clinic study: 20% of patients are prescribed opioids after cardiac device implantation surgery
One in five patients is prescribed opioids after having a pacemaker or similar device implanted, according to a large US study conducted at Mayo Clinic published in HeartRhythm. (2019-10-21)
Opioids often prescribed after cesarean delivery even when not needed
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 annual meeting. (2019-10-20)
Preliminary medical marijuana research shows promise in lessening opioid
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 meeting. (2019-10-20)
One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery
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, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting. (2019-10-20)
Colorectal surgery patients use fewer opioids, report less pain with enhanced recovery after surgery
Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids, according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting. (2019-10-19)
Hope for millions of IBS sufferers as research identifies cause of pain as 'gut itch'
This is big news for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients: 11% of the world's population suffers from IBS, but the fight against chronic pain has taken a major step forward with scientists identifying receptors in the nervous system which cause the condition in the hope of developing effective treatments. (2019-10-16)
Do surgeons get lower patient satisfaction ratings when they prescribe fewer opioids?
A survey study of nearly 1,000 patients who underwent common outpatient surgical procedures reports no significant change in ratings for how satisfied patients were with surgeons when surgeons prescribed fewer opioids. (2019-10-16)
Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair
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 decreasing the brain's response to opioid-related cues. (2019-10-16)
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds
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 Rutgers and other researchers. (2019-10-15)
Opioid Rx dosages drop 22% in Penn Medicine's NJ practices following changes to state law
The total amount of opioids dispensed per new opioid prescription decreased by 22% in Penn Medicine outpatient practices in New Jersey after the state passed a law limiting prescriptions to a five-day supply for new opioid prescriptions. (2019-10-11)
National focus on overdose prevention should include alcohol too, study suggests
The need to prevent and rapidly treat opioid overdoses is in the spotlight. (2019-10-11)
'Sticky' gene may help Valium calm nerves
For years, scientists thought that these powerful sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and sleeping disorders, worked alone to calm nerves. (2019-10-10)
Study examines care for knee osteoarthritis in the United States
A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research provides an overview of US physicians' recommendations for physical therapy, lifestyle counseling, pain medications for treating knee osteoarthritis. (2019-10-09)
Fentanyl's risk on the 'darknet'
US overdose deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have increased from under 3,000 in 2013 to nearly 20,000 in 2016, making up half of all opioid-related overdose deaths. (2019-10-09)
New addiction treatments hold promise for stemming the opioid crisis, scientists say
Concerns over the opioid epidemic have sparked a strong scientific interest in why some people become addicted while others don't. (2019-10-08)
Kidney function may affect risks associated with prescription opioids
Compared with other pain medications, prescription opioids were linked with higher risks of death and hospitalization, particularly with higher doses. (2019-10-03)
Codeine misuse in Australia reduced by prescription-only changes
The move to prescription-only codeine in Australia has seen a 50 percent reduction in the monthly rate of codeine-related poisoning calls and halved codeine sales, finds new research led by the University of Sydney. (2019-10-02)
BU finds physical therapy access may reduce opioid prescriptions
Low back pain is one of the most common conditions Americans seek care for--and one of the more common reasons for an opioid prescription. (2019-09-30)
Nearly 1 in 3 patients with lupus use prescription opioids for pain
A new study finds nearly one in three adults with lupus use prescription opioids to manage pain, despite a lack of evidence that opioids are effective for reducing pain from rheumatic diseases. (2019-09-26)
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