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Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says
Though research shows that medication-assisted treatment can help people who are addicted to opioids, the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are underused, according to a review of current medical data on opioid addiction in the U.S. (2019-09-19)
Opioid prescriptions filled after eye surgery doubled from 2000 to 2014
Penn study suggests efforts in the past decade to reduce the invasiveness and recovery time for these procedures have not impacted opioid use; authors express concern in trend. (2019-09-19)
Preference for fentanyl higher amount young, white, frequent opioid users
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 deaths, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-09-18)
Speeding up the drug discovery process to help patients
An international research team is perfecting a method to predict the potential clinical implications of new drugs before clinical trials even start. (2019-09-13)
Researchers identify focus points to reduce opioid overdose deaths
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 deaths. (2019-09-13)
Polysubstance use in young adults -- are there predictable patterns?
In a Lancet Psychiatry commentary, Columbia 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 -- including prescription sedatives, opioids, or stimulants -- and their association with substance use disorder symptoms at age 35. (2019-09-12)
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. (2019-09-11)
What is risk of new long-term opioid use among patients with Hidradenitis suppurtiva?
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a painful skin condition where lumps form under the skin. (2019-09-11)
Long-term opioid use has known link to low testosterone but not many men screened, treated
Long-term opioid use previously has been linked with low testosterone in men. (2019-09-06)
Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off chronic opioid prescriptions
A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found an alarming outcome: Patients coming off opioids for pain were three times more likely to die of an overdose in the years that followed. (2019-09-05)
Patients in the US and Canada are likely to receive opioids after surgery
Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid medications after surgery, according to a new multi-institutional study led by researchers from Penn Medicine. (2019-09-04)
Prescription drug monitoring program mandates
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 monitoring program mandates, according to a new study from investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine. (2019-09-03)
Does appointment time influence primary care opioid prescribing?
Physicians at primary care appointments were more likely to prescribe opioids for pain later in the day and as appointments ran more behind schedule, although the absolute difference in the prescribing rate across the day was modest in this analysis of electronic health records. (2019-08-30)
The 'inflammation' of opioid use
New research correlates inflammation in the brain and gut to negative emotional state during opioid withdrawal. (2019-08-29)
Most-comprehensive analysis of fentanyl crisis urges innovative action
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. (2019-08-29)
Popular pain medication associated with greater risk of hypoglycemia
As the opioid tramadol has grown in popularity so too have documented cases of adverse effects. (2019-08-28)
What we don't know about prenatal opioid exposure
'Will the baby be OK?' In cases of prenatal opioid exposure, the answer is unclear. (2019-08-28)
Survey reveals skyrocketing interest in marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain -- with older generations not far behind -- yet most are unaware of potential risks. (2019-08-26)
Depression, anxiety linked to opioid use and reduced survival in women with breast cancer
The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say. (2019-08-26)
Anxiety among patient factors linked to more opioid use after surgery
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 healing process. (2019-08-22)
Study explores barriers of access and acceptability for treatment of opioid use disorder
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 set out to study the obstacles to treating this chronic condition with an effective medication, buprenorphine-naloxone. (2019-08-21)
UNM study confirms cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain
Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers at The University of New Mexico found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption. (2019-08-21)
Study shows hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. (2019-08-21)
Electronic dance music party-goers at increased risk for drug-related emergencies
People who frequent electronic dance music (EDM) parties often use multiple drugs simultaneously and experience adverse effects with some ending up in the emergency department, say researchers at New York University School of Medicine and Rutgers University. (2019-08-21)
BU finds alternative to 'revolving door' of opioid detox and relapse
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 patients. (2019-08-20)
Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study. (2019-08-20)
Research shows TCOM and osteopathic approach making a difference
The 2.5-year study, conducted by the PRECISION Pain Research Registry and TCOM's John Licciardone, D.O., M.S., M.B.A., reaffirmed the importance of empathy and better interpersonal manner when treating patients with chronic pain. (2019-08-19)
Discovery of anti-opioid pathway offers new route to designing safer pain medications
'A study like this makes it clear that even though we may think we know everything there is to know about the opioid response, we're actually just scratching the surface.' -- Kirill Martemyanov, PhD, Scripps Research Neuroscience Co-Chair (2019-08-16)
In worms, researchers uncover protein that may one day make opioid use safer
Studying mutant worms has led to the discovery of a receptor that reduces sensitivity to opioid side effects in these organisms. (2019-08-15)
Does opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy harm newborns?
A new Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. (2019-08-15)
Surgeons report success in reducing opioid prescribing without increasing patients' pain
A new study shows how one state's surgeons reduced the number of opioids they prescribed to thousands of patients -- without causing patients to feel more pain or less satisfied with their surgical experience. (2019-08-14)
Study: Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy, favorable for mom, baby
Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) during their hospitalization, a new study shows. (2019-08-13)
Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression
Not a good mix: A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction. (2019-08-12)
Reducing exposure to opioids after cesarean delivery
An effort to improve the scheduled cesarean section delivery experience found that changes to preoperative and postoperative processes can lead to reductions in opioid use without increased pain and with faster recovery, according to research from Kaiser Permanente published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2019-08-08)
Opioid prescribing patterns in children after tonsillectomy
National private insurance claims data were used to examine opioid prescribing patterns in children after tonsillectomy and return visits for complications. (2019-08-08)
Six in 10 children receive opioids after tonsillectomy
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids -- with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days -- a new study finds. (2019-08-08)
New data indicate rise in opioid use for migraine treatment
An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most cases. (2019-08-07)
Opioid use and misuse 3 months after ED visit for acute pain
Opioid use at the three-month follow-up in emergency department patients discharged with an opioid prescription for acute pain is relatively low and not necessarily synonymous with opioid misuse. (2019-08-07)
Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths
A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths. (2019-08-07)
Ketamine isn't an opioid and treats depression in a unique way
Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there's plenty of evidence suggesting it isn't one, Johns Hopkins experts say. (2019-07-31)
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