Opioids
Discovery of anti-opioid pathway offers new route to designing safer pain medications  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A team has discovered a biological system that manages cells' response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery offers new ideas for improving the... more
Study finds no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A Utah man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a massive online opioid drug ring says it started with selling Adderall to pay for student loans more
Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system  Science Magazine · 3 days
Opioids target the μ-opioid receptor (MOR) to produce unrivaled pain management but their addictive properties can lead to severe abuse. We developed a whole animal behavioral platform for unbiased discovery of genes... more
Does opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy harm newborns?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A new study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment. more
Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific... more
Surgeons report success in reducing opioid prescribing without increasing patients' pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
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... more
Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy, favorable for mom, baby  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) during their... more
Using cannabis and opioids for pain increases mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Opioid misuse has become a significant public health problem. Despite efforts to control its use, opioid is still the most widely prescribed class of medicines. Now, a new... more
Adults who combine opioids and cannabis have more mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression... more
Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression... more
Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Officials in western Massachusetts are embracing a controversial solution as the region struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses: sending men to jail for court-ordered addiction treatment more
60% of privately insured children received opioids after tonsillectomy, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids –with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days – a new study finds. more
NIH awards $2.3 million for pilot project to develop opioid vaccine  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The NIH has awarded $2.3M for a pilot project, led by Boston Children's Hospital, to develop a vaccine that would protect people with opioid use disorder... more
Over $1.6 million grants to support research on opioid pain medication use during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
An interdisciplinary team of experts from Indiana University, along with other researchers across the U.S. and Sweden, have received grants... more
Survey shows increasing use of opioids to treat migraine headaches  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
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... more
Cancer Patients Get Rare Blood Infection After Nurse Dilutes Opioids with Tap Water  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Half a dozen cancer patients in New York developed a rare infection after they received injectable opioids that a nurse had diluted... more
New data indicate rise in opioid use for migraine treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
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... more
Opioid use and misuse 3 months after ED visit for acute pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
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... more
Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths. more
Marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths, study finds  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths more
Feds clarify change on opioid meds for government workers  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Feds clarify that limits on opioid painkillers for government employees will apply to those injured on the job more
Medical News Today: Could a cannabis substance replace opioid pain relievers?  MNT · 2 weeks
Canada-based scientists have finally discovered how the cannabis plant produces molecules that may relieve pain without the risk of addiction. more
Opioid use recovery requires persistence, range of services  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Successful recovery from opioid use disorder appears to be even more challenging than recovery from alcohol use disorder, and individuals with opioid use problems may require more intensive medical, psychological and social... more
Investigating alternatives to opioids for dogs in pain  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Opioids are among the most effective pain relievers in dogs and cats, but amid the U.S. opioid crisis it has become much more difficult for animal hospitals to access these drugs. This,... more
Arizona asks for US Supreme Court involvement in opioid case  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Arizona's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of... more
Ketamine isn't an opioid and treats depression in a unique way  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there's plenty of evidence suggesting it isn't one, experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper... more
Penn State researchers explore how the opioid epidemic affects society  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
Researchers estimate societal costs of the opioid epidemic  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. more
Opioid use score does not predict adverse patient outcomes after spinal surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
An opioid use score based on state prescription databases does not predict complications or other adverse outcomes in patients undergoing spinal surgery, reports a... more
Big question in opioid suits: How to divide any settlement  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A big question looms as roughly 2,000 state and local governments seek to hold the drug industry accountable for the nation's opioid crisis: How to divide the money... more
UChicago awarded $17 million grant to tackle opioid addiction in criminal justice settings  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
It's estimated that more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Particularly at risk are people transitioning through the... more
Device could automatically deliver drug to reverse opioid overdose  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers are developing a device that would automatically detect opioid overdose and deliver naloxone, a drug known to reverse deadly effects. more
Opioid prescribing rates higher in US compared with other countries  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to... more
Researchers receive $10 million grant to examine opioid addiction treatment for jail detainees  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are among the scientists at a dozen institutions... more
Study finds higher opioid prescribing rates in the U.S. compared to other countries  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician... more
As the nation's opioid crisis grew, the pills got stronger  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Drug companies shipped enough prescription opioids shipped in 2012 for everyone in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply, an Associated Press analysis finds more
The Latest: AP: Opioid supply boomed as crisis worsened  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
An Associated Press analysis of prescription opioid data shows enough drugs were shipped in 2012 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply... more
Prescription opioid potency increased as crisis grew  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Drug companies shipped enough prescription opioids shipped in 2012 for everyone in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply, an Associated Press analysis finds more
The Latest: Drug distributor says statement out of context  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A drug distribution company says its executive's statement that company does not have an obligation to the public regarding opioids was meant only in a legal context more
No obligation to the public, opioid distributor tells lawyer  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
An executive at one of the nation's largest drug distribution companies said in a legal proceeding that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to shipping... more
Poverty tied to prolonged hospital stay for infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
For infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome due to prenatal opioid exposure, poverty is a risk factor for prolonged length of hospital... more
Change in care protocol of weight-reduction operations exceeds its desired effect  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A change in the care protocol of patients undergoing weight-reduction operations exceeded its desired effect by cutting postoperative hospital stays in half, reducing postoperative hospital readmissions... more
Online pain and mood symptom self-management works better when coupled with clinician telecare  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Pain is the most common physical symptom for which adults seek medical attention in the United States, while anxiety and depression are... more
Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A U.S. government audit that has been made public found that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses more
The Latest: Navajo Nation wants feds to address opioid risk  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Navajo Nation leaders are troubled by a federal audit that found government hospitals have put Native American patients more at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses more
Enhanced recovery pathway for bariatric operations cuts hospital stays by half  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A change in the care protocol of patients undergoing weight-reduction operations exceeded its desired effect by cutting postoperative hospital stays in half, reducing postoperative hospital readmissions... more
Hospitals put Native Americans at opioid risk, audit says  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A U.S. government audit that has been made public found that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses more
Audit: Hospitals put Native Americans at risk with opioids  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A federal audit released Monday finds that government hospitals placed Native Americans at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses more
The Latest: Drugmaker: Email does not reflect company stance  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren't needed is antithetical to the company's stance more
Counties: Drug companies shipped suspicious opioid orders  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Two Ohio counties say in new court filings that drugmakers and distributors violated regulations by shipping suspicious orders of powerful prescription opioids more
The Latest: Suit: Firms didn't stop suspicious opioid orders  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Two Ohio counties say in a court filing that drugmakers and distributors ignored a requirement that companies refuse to send suspicious orders of the powerful painkillers more
Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A trove of federal data made public for the first time this week shows that prescription opioids were shipped to places where the overdose crisis was at its worst more
FDA announces new education campaign for safe disposal of unused opioids from homes  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a new education campaign to help Americans understand the important role... more
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