Opioids
The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell  ABC NEWS · 48 minutes
Not every state wants to sign on to a potential $48 billion settlement to opioid lawsuits across the country; one said it's not a framework but rather a "pile of... more
The Latest: State lawyers: We're confident of opioid deal  ABC NEWS · 3 hours
State attorneys general who are negotiating with drug companies say they're confident that other state and local governments will sign on to a settlement in principle with five companies over... more
$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 5 hours
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the toll of opioids, averting what would... more
The Latest: Attorneys general still want big deal on opioids  ABC NEWS · 7 hours
A group of state attorneys general say they're still pushing to finalize a nationwide settlement over the toll of opioids with companies in the drug industry more
Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 8 hours
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
The Latest: Companies reach deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 9 hours
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 9 hours
The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis more
One in five patients prescribed opioids after cardiac device implantation surgery, study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 15 hours
One in five patients is prescribed opioids after having a pacemaker or similar device implanted, according to a large US study conducted... more
Study: One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery  NEWS MEDICAL · 16 hours
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,... more
1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution  ABC NEWS · 18 hours
First federal trial on U.S. opioid crisis is to focus on how powerful prescription painkillers were distributed more
Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 24 hours
A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy is suggesting other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle lawsuits seeking to hold the industry accountable for the national... more
Systematic review: Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
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... more
Unnecessary opioid prescribing after cesarean delivery remains high  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
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... more
Colorectal surgery patients in ERAS program report less pain, use fewer opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids,... more
Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Negotiations aimed at a major settlement of opioid lawsuits have ended for the day without a deal more
CEOs, attorneys general trying to reach opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Chief executives of a handful of pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies are negotiating with government attorneys to see if they can reach a settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the... more
Training social workers to address and respond to the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Nancy Ochoa was 15 years old the first time she used heroin with a group of friends. At 16, four months after the birth of her... more
Medical News Today: Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?  MNT · 4 days
A new discovery in the estuarine waters of Tasmania may lead to the development of a safe and effective alternative to opioids, scientists reveal. more
Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on  ABC NEWS · 4 days
A jury has been selected for the first federal opioid trial, but talks to settle the case before opening arguments next week are taking another step more
The Latest: Jury chosen for opioid trial, but talks continue  ABC NEWS · 4 days
A jury has been chosen for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis even as the push for a settlement continues more
Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
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... more
The Latest: Jury selection resumes for opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Jury selection for a major trial on the toll of opioids has resumed even as major drug distributors and manufacturers press for a settlement of thousands of claims against them more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as jury is built  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin more
Opioid industry presses for settlement as trial looms  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation's persistent opioid crisis as their trial date draws closer more
The Latest: Day 1 of opioid lawsuit jury selection concludes  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland has concluded more
Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 5 days
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Medical News Today: Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment  MNT · 5 days
A new study offers evidence that mindfulness could boost the effectiveness of traditional therapy for opioid use disorder, improving control over cravings. more
Temple researchers win NIH grant to study HIV-related neuroinflammation in context of opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Temple research team a 5-year, $3.27 million grant to study neuroinflammation following... more
The Latest: Opioid lawyers picking jury in hard-hit area  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Attorneys in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland must pick a jury from a pool of people in a state that's been ravaged by the addiction and overdose crisis more
The Latest: Potential opioid jurors asked about drug firms  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Lawyers and the judge in a landmark opioid trial are screening potential jurors for bias involving their views on drug companies more
The Latest: Jury selection begins in landmark opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Jury selection has begun in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis after a last-minute effort to delay the case more
The Latest: Judge denies delay in federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Attorneys for several defendants in a landmark opioid trial in Cleveland have asked a federal judge to delay it because of media coverage surrounding a possible $18 billion settlement more
Jury selection set to begin in landmark federal opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the first federal trial over the opioids epidemic more
Developing new mobile app to target victims of rural child sex trafficking  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
A West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is developing an app to train key personnel in rural areas how to identify and report... more
New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A new study finds that the opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion over the past four years more
New federal grant to expand outreach to help underserved communities battle opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
According to government data, more than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 by overdosing on opioids. In response to the opioid crisis, the... more
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
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 researchers. more
Bioelectronic implant could prevent opioid deaths  nanowerk · 7 days
Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving dose of naloxone. more
Mindfulness and medication for opioid dependence may reduce cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
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... more
Overdose prevention should also focus on alcohol use, study suggests  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
For several years, the national spotlight has shone on the need to prevent and rapidly treat opioid overdoses. But a new study suggests a need for more focus... more
Caution urged in reducing opioids for pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
After years and decades in which healthcare providers were freely prescribing opiates for all sorts of painful conditions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines to help bring down opioid... more
Using mindfulness approach to tackle opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Boston Medical Center was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve function for chronic lower back pain (cLBP) using a non-pharmacologic approach. more
Opioid Rx dosages drop with state law changes  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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... more
Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A judge has said he will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker's role in the... more
The Latest: Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A judge has said he will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker's role in the... more
The Latest: Purdue Pharma proposes $200M for opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Purdue Pharma has agreed to advance $200 million to battle the opioid crisis within six months in exchange for a pause on litigation against family members who own the company more
Pittcon 2020 Plenary Lecture announced  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Pittcon is pleased to announce Dr. Ziva Cooper as the 2020 Plenary Lecturer. Dr. Cooper’s lecture is entitled Cannabis Constituents as Novel Strategies to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic. more
Judge to hear arguments on stopping suits against Sacklers  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
How much the Sackler family should be held accountable for the role its company, Purdue Pharma, played in the nation's opioid crisis will be at the center of a hearing... more
Court denies attempts to stop opioid trial before it begins  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal appeals court has denied an effort led by Ohio's attorney general to stop a bellwether trial over the opioid crisis from starting this month more
Federal court rules against 2 efforts to stop opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal appeals court has denied two efforts to upend a trial over the opioid crisis that is scheduled to start this month in Cleveland more
Court denies attempt led by Ohio to stop opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal appeals court has denied an effort led by Ohio's attorney general to stop a bellwether trial over the opioid crisis from starting this month more
US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions more
Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses resulting in addiction, overdoses and deaths more
Opioid makers' latest legal woe: West Virginia handyman  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A small home-improvement company in West Virginia is taking on the nation's opioid giants in a lawsuit blaming the drugmakers for a rise in insurance costs more
New analysis examines the darknet's opioid purchases  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
U.S. 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. more
McLean Hospital receives grant through NIH HEAL Initiative to address national opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
As part of its efforts to reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health has... more
Medical News Today: Breath test for opioids shows promise in pilot study  MNT · 2 weeks
A pilot study of a new test that detects opioid metabolites in exhaled breath has shown promising results. The next step is a larger... more
Novel treatment strategies could help prevent abuse of opioids, other substances  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Concerns over the opioid epidemic have sparked a strong scientific interest in why some people become addicted while others don't. Now, researchers are proposing novel treatment... more
New study can help increase access, time to medication for opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study found that one in three young adults receive medication for opioid use disorder within 12 months of a non-fatal... more
Arizona now has misgivings about Purdue opioid settlement  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Arizona's attorney general is having misgivings about agreeing to accept Purdue Pharma's proposal to settle litigation over the opioid crisis more
One in three young adults receive medication for opioid use disorder after overdose  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study found that one in three young adults receive medication for opioid use disorder within 12 months of a non-fatal... more
New addiction treatments hold promise for stemming the opioid crisis  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Concerns over the opioid epidemic have sparked a strong scientific interest in why some people become addicted while others don't. Now, researchers are proposing novel treatment strategies that... more
Innovative study aims to improve care for patients using opioids for long-term pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers at Keele University have launched an innovative study to improve care for patients who manage long-term pain using opioids. more
Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the... more
Victims, families gain key role in Purdue bankruptcy case  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose... more
Penn Medicine awarded $22 million to apply scientific solutions to reverse opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The nation has been grappling with the opioid epidemic for years-;and the city of Philadelphia has been hit hard by the crisis.... more
UC Davis engineers develop new test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath has been developed by engineers and physicians at the University of California, Davis.... more
A breath test for opioids  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath has been developed by engineers and physicians. A breath test could be useful in caring for chronic pain patients as well as for checking for illegal drug use. more
AP Exclusive: Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Prestigious universities accepted at least $60M from family that owns OxyContin maker over past 5 years more
Ohio counties tell court: Don’t let state stop opioid trial  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Two Ohio counties are telling a court to deny the state attorney general’s request to delay a trial over the toll of opioids more
Colleges got $60M-plus from OxyContin family  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the... more
Virginia doctor sentenced to 40 years in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A Virginia doctor who prosecutors said ran his medical practice like an interstate drug distribution ring has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids more
Current status of opioid addiction treatment and related preclinical research  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Opioid use disorders (OUDs) are diseases of the brain with behavioral, psychological, neurobiological, and medical manifestations. Vulnerability to OUDs can be affected by factors such as genetic background,... more
Johnson & Johnson settles with 2 Ohio counties over opioids  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Johnson & Johnson has become the latest drugmaker to settle a lawsuit with two Ohio counties over the toll of opioids more
Drug stores trying to remove judge from US opioid litigation  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A group of drug retailers and distributors is asking an Ohio federal appeals court to disqualify the judge overseeing national opioid litigation after the judge himself denied their... more
Barrier to rural opioid treatment: Driving distance to methadone clinics  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
People who live in rural counties in five states heavily affected by the opioid epidemic must drive longer distances to obtain methadone, a treatment for opioid addiction, compared... more
Watchdog finds DEA was 'slow to respond' to opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Justice Department's inspector general says the Drug Enforcement Administration was 'slow to respond' as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic more
UC Davis research team receives NIH grant to develop novel drugs for treating pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A UC Davis research team, led by Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy and Heike Wulff, will receive a $1.5 million grant from the... more
Access to physical therapy for low back pain may reduce opioid prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Patients who first saw a physical therapist or chiropractor for low back pain, rather than a primary care physician, were much less likely to... more
US Government supports Kinoxis Therapeutics to end opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Kinoxis Therapeutics has been awarded a grant for a potential of up to $US4.6 million ($6.8 million) under the USA National Institutes of Health Helping to End Addiction Long-Term, or... more
Doctor facing life in prison for opioid doses  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A doctor who authorities say ran what amounted to an interstate drug distribution ring faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced next month more
Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A doctor who authorities say ran what amounted to an interstate drug distribution ring faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced next month more
Study finds nearly one in three patients with lupus uses prescription opioids for pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Although there is little evidence that opioids effectively reduce pain from rheumatic diseases, a new study finds nearly one in... more
NIH awards $945 million through NIH HEAL Initiative to reverse opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year... more
Johnson & Johnson appeals Oklahoma's $572M opioid ruling  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is appealing an Oklahoma judge's $572 million order against the company and its subsidiaries for helping fuel the state's opioid crisis more
Judge in opioid litigation won't remove himself from case  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The federal judge in Cleveland overseeing national opioid litigation has denied the requests of several drug companies to remove himself from the case more
Wistar awarded more than $12 million to study opioid use in HIV-infected people  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
The Wistar Institute was awarded two major grants totaling more than $12 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of... more
Advancements in pain management are giving new options to patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
Hardly a day goes by without the public being warned about the dangers of opioids. But still, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130... more
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