Opioids
Research sheds light on ‘black box’ of inpatient opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers... more
Cedars-Sinai expert urges physicians and patients to manage pain without addictive pills  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives and shatter families across the nation, a Cedars-Sinai expert is urging physicians and patients to try... more
Study finds increase in fatal opioid overdoses after cold weather  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses, a new study finds. more
Shedding light on 'black box' of inpatient opioid use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared with their hospitalized peers who are... more
Cold weather increases the risk of fatal opioid overdoses  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
While the precise reasons are unclear, an analysis of overdose deaths in Rhode Island and Connecticut showed that cold snaps raised the risk of fatal opioid overdoses by 25%. more
Federal grants ‘a lifesaver’ in opioid fight, but states still struggle to curb meth  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
In his 40 years of working with people struggling with addiction, David Crowe has seen various drugs fade in and... more
Medical News Today: How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis  MNT · 5 days
In the midst of the opioid crisis, scientists are searching for nonaddictive alternatives. Some have turned to a toxin present in certain... more
Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge more
Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Lawyers are asking a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits filed against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs to create a negotiating group consisting solely of U.S. towns, cities and counties more
Opioids alone cannot be blamed for growing life expectancy inequality in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A new University of Michigan study challenges a popularized view about what's causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and... more
Growing life expectancy inequality in US cannot be blamed on opioids alone  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A new study challenges a popularized view about what's causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and less-educated Americans -- finding shortcomings... more
Tetrodotoxin found in pufferfish can provide potent pain relief when given properly  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Opioids remain a mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain, despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. more
Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Alternatives to opioids for treating pain are sorely needed. A study in rats suggests that tetrodotoxin, properly packaged, offers a potentially safe pain block. more
New method produces opiate antidotes using microorganism found in opium poppy waste  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. more
Researchers find lower opioid prescriptions rates in states that implemented medical cannabis laws  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Using data from privately-insured adults, new findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston revealed that there is a lower... more
Research reveals sustainable method to produce lifesaving opiate antidotes at reduced cost  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.1... more
Sustainable method to produce lifesaving opiate antidotes at reduced cost  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The high cost of... more
Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, according to researchers. more
Oklahoma judge wants more answers on $85M opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 1 week
An Oklahoma judge is declining to sign off on the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid maker until he's assured the deal complies with a recently passed law... more
Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths more
Wracked by an opioid scandal, Insys files for bankruptcy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
American drug maker Insys announced on Monday it was filing for bankruptcy and will sell its assets as it faces legal and financial fallout from its role in the opioid... more
Opioid epidemic increases proportion of hearts transplanted from overdose death donors  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The confluence of two major health crises—the opioid epidemic and organ shortage—has moved surgeons to consider transplanting organs deemed as less than "perfect" in an effort... more
Alzheimer's therapy may be effective in treating individuals addicted to opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Clinical trial results reveal that a medication used to treat Alzheimer's disease may also be an effective therapy for individuals addicted to opioids. The findings are... more
Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The Justice Department says opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics has agreed to pay $225 million to settle federal criminal and civil investigations more
Reducing opioid prescriptions after C-sections  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
There's a better way to take care of patients after C-sections to help them heal faster and manage pain without increasing their risk of long-term opioid use, researchers say. more
Opioids are not sleep aids, and can actually worsen sleep research finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Evidence that taking opioids will help people with chronic pain to sleep better is limited and of poor quality, according to an interdisciplinary team... more
For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them... more
The Latest: Maine sues opioid maker over deceptive marketing  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Maine says in a lawsuit that Purdue Pharma deceptively marketed opioid drugs in the state over a decade while the opioid crisis worsened more
Sociodemographic factors, polysubstance use linked with opioid-related overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study led by Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction shows that opioid-related overdose deaths involving another substance is now the norm, not the exception, in Massachusetts. more
Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Kratom is a Southeast Asian tree with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the region, the plant's leaves are widely consumed for pain... more
AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in Europe  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push... more
Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Kratom is a Southeast Asian tree with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the region, the plant's leaves are widely consumed for pain... more
AP Exclusive: Sackler foreign firm caught up in opioid probe  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids more
AP Report: 'Pain League' allegedly pushed opioids in Italy  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Managers with Purdue Pharma's international arm, Mundipharma, have been swept up in a corruption scandal in Italy for allegedly paying a prominent pain doctor to push opioids. more
Oklahoma attorney blames corporate greed for opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Trial underway in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
The Latest: Drugmakers say products were heavily regulated  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Drug companies being sued by the state of Oklahoma for fueling the state's opioid addiction crisis say the products they manufactured were heavily regulated by state and federal agencies and addressed an... more
Trial begins in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Trial in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid makers underway  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis is now underway in Oklahoma more
Oklahoma’s ‘precedent-setting’ suit puts opioid drugmakers on trial  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
All eyes will be on Oklahoma this week when the first case in a flood of litigation against opioid drug manufacturers begins Tuesday. more
Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma's lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million more
US dentists write more opioid prescriptions than England dentists  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that dentists practicing in the U.S. write 37 times more opioid prescriptions than dentists practicing in England. more
Short-term opioid use increases the positivity of emotional experiences  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The human opioid system contributes to the regulation of emotions, pleasure and pain. Opioids are strong analgesics. In addition to effectively relieving pain, external opioids may improve mood and reduce... more
Short-term use of opioids increases subjective pleasure: Risk of addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
As indicated by a recently published study, short-term opioid use shifts a range of emotional responses to the positive direction. This may be one of the reasons behind... more
Use of buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction proliferates in California  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Buprenorphine, a relative newcomer in the treatment of opioid addiction, is growing in popularity among California doctors as regulatory changes, physician training and other initiatives make the medication... more
Parental opioid use doubles the risk of suicide attempts by their children  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. Over the same time period, opioid use... more
New pain management program sends 92% cancer surgery patients home with no opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A specialized pain management program for patients who underwent robotic surgery for urologic cancers resulted in just eight percent going home with... more
Pain management protocol sends 92 percent of cancer surgery patients home without opioids  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A specialized pain management program for patients who underwent robotic surgery for urologic cancers resulted in just eight percent going home with... more
US lawmakers demand UN health agency change opioid guidance  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Two U.S. lawmakers are demanding the World Health Organization drop its guidelines that allow for freer prescribing of opioid painkillers more
New opioid accelerates recovery and prevents relapse to chronic pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Morphine and other opioid-based painkillers are very effective at treating pain initially, but studies have shown that the drugs can make patients more pain-sensitive, prolonging their discomfort and... more
Cannabis could help people with opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study has shown that cannabidiol or CBD, found in cannabis, could help people with opioid use disorder or addiction. CBD can help reduce the symptoms of craving among addicts when on withdrawal... more
New opioid speeds up recovery without increasing pain sensitivity or risk of chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new type of non-addictive opioid accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine without increasing pain sensitivity, according to... more
Vermont attorney general sues owners of opioid manufacturer  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's filed suit against eight members of the family that owns the drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be part of... more
Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?  NPR · 4 weeks
Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings. more
Mindfulness may reduce depression symptoms for mothers with opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Mothers with opioid use disorder face many challenges as they work towards a more stable life for themselves and their children, depression not least among them. more
Opioid prescriptions drop sharply among state workers  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The agency that manages health care for California's massive state workforce is reporting a major reduction in opioid prescriptions, reflecting a national trend of physicians cutting back on the addictive drugs. more
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