Opioids
Fentanyl surpasses heroin in cause of U.S. drug overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 14 hours
According to a new report from health officials, Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid drug, is surpassing heroin as cause of drug overdose deaths in the United States. The... more
Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses  NPR · 1 day
When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect... more
Babies born in opioid withdrawal have unusually small heads  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 days
Infants born dependent on opioids had heads that were smaller than babies whose moms didn’t use the drugs during pregnancy. more
Researchers developing nonopioid drug for chronic pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are developing a drug -- now in its earliest stages -- that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids. more
Activating parts of the brain could help alleviate opioid-related social isolation  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and friends, making... more
Activating brain region could revive the urge to socialize among opioid addicts  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and... more
Ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy linked with reduction in number of pills dispensed  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
An ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy was associated with a reduction in the number of pills dispensed in a study of patients having surgery for... more
VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing a vaccine against opioid abuse developed by the Scripps Research Institute in California. The vaccine is meant to block the effects of heroin and fentanyl in patients with... more
Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study finds that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold... more
Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and also because it was... more
Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to... more
Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic more
More pregnant women are using meth and opioids, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased substantially over the last decade in the United States, a new study finds. And a disproportionate rise occurred in rural counties. more
Babies born in withdrawal new complication in opioid cases  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A panel of judges is considering whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger case against the drug industry more
The Latest: Babies in withdrawal get attention in lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A panel of federal judges is asking questions about whether it would help babies born addicted to opioids to have lawsuits filed on their behalf separated from a larger group... more
Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal judicial panel is considering whether babies born in opioid withdrawal should have their lawsuits separated from hundreds of other cases against the drug industry more
Study examines trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
While the opioid crisis remains a major public health concern in the United States for people of all ages, relatively little research has been conducted in younger populations. more
Trends in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers observed a downward shift in opioid prescriptions in children and adolescents, which aligns with previously reported trends in adult populations. more
Denver trying again for possible 1st US drug injection site  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to open a supervised drug injection site to try to reduce overdose deaths fueled by the nation's opioid epidemic more
People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University... more
Spinal-cord stimulators help some patients, injure others  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Doctors and medical device manufacturers promote spinal-cord stimulators as the answer to U.S. opioid crisis. But AP investigation reveals the device is more dangerous than patients know. Thousands have been shocked, burned or suffered... more
Spinal-cord stimulators mean big business for device makers  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Spinal-cord stimulators are a fast-growing medical device. The global market has exploded from $300 million in 2001 to nearly $2 billion in 2017. The United States is the biggest market as the... more
Patients shocked, burned by device touted to treat pain  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
AP investigation: Medical device companies and doctors aggressively push spinal-cord stimulators as a safe antidote to the deadly opioid crisis in the U.S. and for relief of pain. But spinal-cord... more
Survey: Misconceptions about opioid use undermine pain control among Asian cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Misconceptions about the use of strong opioids showed to undermine optimal pain control among Asian cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy according to a... more
Individuals identified as lesbian, gay more likely to misuse opioids than heterosexual  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Men and women who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are more likely to misuse opioids when compared with those who identify as heterosexual,... more
Brigham investigators examine opioid use among Massachusetts adolescents, prescription trends  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths remain a major public health concern in Massachusetts, yet adolescents who experience opioid-related nonfatal overdose have been rarely studied. more
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