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More states say doctors must offer overdose reversal drug along with opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 18 hours
In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors' offices with a second prescription — for... more
Acetaminophen significantly reduced in-hospital delirium  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Patients treated with acetaminophen demonstrated a significant reduction in in-hospital delirium. Moreover, those given acetaminophen also were more likely to have shorter stays in the intensive care unit, less breakthrough pain. Those patients who did experience delirium had... more
Peer support, healing hands may curb prescription opioid misuse  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, according to a... more
Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a human-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps... more
Breakthrough test developed to measure pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation. more
Fentanyl deaths from 'Mexican oxy' pills hit Arizona hard  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A flood of illicit fentanyl flowing from Mexico into the Southwest is pushing the synthetic opioid into the top spot for all fatal drug overdoses in the U.S more
Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to experts. more
Coroners issue warnings following new opioid death spikes  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Coroners in two of Ohio's largest counties have issued drug abuse warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it's sometimes used to sedate elephants more
Changing nature of opioid epidemic could be responsible for increase in overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic in the United States could be responsible for 700,000 overdose deaths between 2016 and 2025, according to a new... more
Feds halt 2 Tennessee pharmacies' opioid dispensing for now  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A prosecutor says the Justice Department has filed a first-of-its-kind complaint to stop two Tennessee pharmacies, their owner and three pharmacists from dispensing opioids and other controlled substances more
What ‘dope sick’ really feels like  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Detoxing off heroin or opioids without medication is sheer hell. I should know. For many users, full-blown withdrawal is often foreshadowed by a yawn, or perhaps a runny nose, a sore back, sensitive skin or a... more
US attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a safe injection site to address the city's opioid problem more
New study estimates prevalence and risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population. more
HEROES awarded two grants to support opioid intervention program in Houston  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The Houston Emergency Response Opioid Engagement System was recently awarded two grants that will help fund the opioid intervention program through the end of 2020. more
Opioid-related auto fatalities in Maryland remain stable from 2006 to 2017  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new approach to defining opioid-related auto fatalities provides insight into the nature and distribution of opioid-involved deaths in the state of Maryland, say the authors... more
OxyContin reformulation to curb opioid abuse led to hepatitis C surge, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C... more
Blog Post » NIMH and the HEAL Initiative: Collaborating to address the opioid epidemic  NIMH · 2 weeks
Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH)’s... more
Fatal opioid-related car crashes in maryland hold steady over decade  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new approach to defining opioid-related auto fatalities provides insight into the nature and distribution of opioid-involved deaths in the state of Maryland. more
Rise in overdoses from opioids in diarrhea drug  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study has uncovered a new threat in the opiate epidemic: overdoses of loperamide, an over-the-counter diarrhea medication, have been steadily increasing in number and severity nationwide over five years. more
Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Happy Friday! I’m here to tell you that if you aren’t following the Subsys opioid trial you are missing out—salacious and horrifying details galore are emerging, including stories about executives giving doctors lap dances.... more
Lawsuit details how the Sackler family allegedly built an Oxycontin fortune  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The first nine months of 2013 started off as a banner year for the Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, the addictive... more
Opioid overdose epidemic likely to increase in the U.S in coming years  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A study from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. is likely... more
Worsening of overdose crisis predicted: Limits of focusing on prescription opioids  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A study from investigators projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the US is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting... more
News Brief: Senate Rebuke, Opioid Lawsuit, Gene-Editing Embryos  NPR · 3 weeks
Senate rebukes Trump's Syria decision. Legal documents allegedly detail allegations of years of deceptive opioid practices. A new experiment in the U.S. aimes at creating gene-edited human embryos. more
Opioid maker considered profiting off addiction treatment  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Newly disclosed court documents reveal that the company behind a prescription painkiller at the heart of the nation's overdose crisis considered marketing anti-addiction drugs more
Lawsuit: Opioid maker considered move into addiction drugs  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Newly disclosed court documents reveal that the company behind a prescription painkiller at the heart of the nation's overdose crisis considered marketing anti-addiction drugs more
Research finds steep rise in infection-related stroke due to opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association's... more
Forensic anthropologist to study impact of opioid addiction on bones  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Bones are a living record that constantly change over a person's life. Forensic anthropologists are tasked with deciphering clues from bones, and their study of skeletal remains aids... more
CHOP physician-researchers analyze opioid prescription patterns in children  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the United States, physician-researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia analyzed prescription patterns in children. more
Study highlights the detrimental effect of prescription opioids on labor markets  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Prescription opioids may be negatively affecting labor force participation and unemployment nationwide, according to findings in a new study co-authored by economists at the University of... more
Injection of opioids may increase infective endocarditis risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant... more
'I couldn't save him': One family's pain after an overdose  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Hundreds of thousands of American families have buried loved ones lost to the opioid epidemic more
Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of the heart, possibly linked... more
New research reveals that prescription opioids are used long-term to treat severe osteoarthritis  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
New research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, reveals that prescription opioids are commonly... more
Moms of the dead from drugs: "Where is the outrage for us?"  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A mom who lost her own son to opioids now leads an organization of parents just like her. They do what they can to... more
Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Q&A: Federal response to opioids encompasses treatment, criminal enforcement and research. But is it helping? more
After the overdose: A family's journey into grief and guilt  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The scope of the opioid epidemic is tallied in increasingly grim death counts. Twenty years in, the crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Each of those lost... more
Families hoping for justice from prescription bribes trial  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The trial of a drug company founder accused of scheming to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller is putting a spotlight on the deadly opioid crisis more
Penn's novel ERAS protocol for spinal surgery patients reduces opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A novel "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. more
Researchers find promising technique for estimating rural intravenous drug use  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A study published today in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 1,857 people injected drugs in the last six months in Cabell County, W.Va., a rural... more
Columbia researchers develop 'Cascade of Care' model to reduce opioid overdose and death  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50, as the opioid epidemic continues unabated.... more
UC team designs new naloxone-dispensing smart device  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Like many cities across the country, Cincinnati has been rocked by the opioid epidemic, with an ever-fluctuating range of 50 to 80 overdoses per week across the Tristate. Many of those victims are revived... more
Opioid overdose patients can be safely discharged an hour after administration of naloxone  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
Suspected opioid overdose patients treated with naloxone are safe for discharge from the emergency department after one hour. more
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