Opioids
Integrated approach needs to be used to address opioid use among psychiatric patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use,... more
How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving... more
`Safer opioid’ has sparked a crisis in vulnerable countries  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Tramadol: `the other opioid crisis’ in the developing world  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Mass opioid abuse is `destabilizing’ world’s poorest nations  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with little risk... more
Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving pain with... more
Opioid billed as `safer’ is abused widely around the world  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Mass abuse of the drug tramadol spans continents, from India to Africa to the Middle East. The problem is that advocates claimed it was a safer opioid, relieving... more
Health risks associated with NSAIDs as a factor for increased opioid prescribing  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Patients with chronic pain caught between cardiovascular concerns about non-opioid analgesics and addiction risks of opioids, likely causing significant unmet need for pain relief. more
Addictions and drug interactions common among patients not disclosing their medication history  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Some patients skip telling their doctors about the drugs and medications they are consuming. A new study shows that these patients are at a... more
Regional trends in overdose deaths reveal multiple opioid epidemics  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on... more
Penn researchers receive nearly $5 million to reduce opioid cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National... more
Correction: Opioids-Sacklers-Tufts story  ABC NEWS · 7 days
In a story December 5, 2019, about Tufts University's decision to cut ties with the Sackler family, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Tufts, erroneously reported that Richard Sackler is a current board member of Purdue Pharma more
Study: Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are actually multiple opioid epidemics  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
The United States is suffering from several different simultaneous opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis, according to an academic study of deaths... more
Co-addiction of meth and opioids hinders treatment  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study found that methamphetamine use was associated with more than twice the risk for dropping out of treatment for opioid-use disorder. more
A patient's tolerance for risky decisions can predict chances of opioid relapse  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
People in treatment for opioid addiction are more likely to relapse when they become more tolerant of risks, according to a study by Rutgers... more
Computer betting game can help predict the likelihood of opioid reuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
A computer betting game can help predict the likelihood that someone recovering from opioid addiction will reuse the pain-relieving drugs, a new study shows. more
Insights from virtual reality experiments could help break the cycle of addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The number of drug overdose deaths in the US has never been higher. Most of those deaths--68 percent in 2017--have involved opioids. An estimated... more
Methamphetamine undermines success in treatment for opioid-use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Judith Tsui, a UW Medicine clinician specializing in addiction treatment, was seeing more and more patients she was treating for opioid-use disorder also using methamphetamines, a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects... more
Open source EEG visualization tool  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of developing countermeasures for opioid use disorder. more
Chronic disease prevention could help curb the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Preventing chronic disease could help curb the opioid epidemic, according to research from the University of Georgia. more
ACS and APSA address safe and effective pain control after surgery for children, teens  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Given the current rates of opioid abuse in the U.S, it is critical that surgical patients understand how to safely... more
New PA program in Massachusetts to provide knowledge, skills to prescribe opiates safely  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Morbidity and mortality from prescription and synthetic opioid use and abuse continues to be a U.S. public health issue. In an effort... more
Doctor pleads guilty to over-prescribing opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A Tennessee doctor who lost five patients to fatal overdoses in 10 months now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine more
Study reveals clue to preventing addiction relapse  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
With any addiction in which a user has successfully resisted a chemical, activity or substance, relapse is vexing. And with opioids, it's often deadly. Fatal overdoses following relapse from an opioid addiction is reaching... more
New $300,000 grant-funded program to address opioid prescribing for cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant from the Coleman Foundation to develop a screening process for prescribing opioids and managing opioid use... more
Risk of opioid overdose rises after de-addiction treatment completion  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A study from Columbia University reveals that patients, who have been successfully treated with buprenorphine for opioid addiction, are at a greater risk of overdose after completion of the treatment.... more
Researchers uncover the binding mechanism of opioid receptor  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Together with colleagues from Shanghai, Brussels, Canada and the USA, researchers from the University of Bonn have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. more
Elucidating the active {delta}-opioid receptor crystal structure with peptide and small-molecule agonists  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Selective activation of the -opioid receptor (DOP) has great potential for the treatment of chronic pain, benefitting from ancillary anxiolytic and antidepressant-like effects. Moreover,... more
Patients qualifying for Medicare due to disability have higher rates of opioid overdose deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
New findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston show that patients qualifying for Medicare because of a... more
Tennessee AG’s wife holds Walgreens stock amid opioid suits  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wife of a state attorney general who’s helping lead national opioid settlement negotiations has held investments in Walgreens for years more
Tennessee AG’s wife invested in Walgreens amid opioid suits  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wife of a state attorney general who’s helping lead national opioid settlement negotiations has held investments in Walgreens for years more
Prenatal opioid exposure may alter brain function in babies  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Connectivity in an area of the brain that regulates emotion may be altered in infants exposed to opioids while in utero, according to a new study. more
Trump donates 3rd-quarter salary to help fight opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
President Donald Trump donates his 3rd-quarter salary to help tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic more
Opioid use during pregnancy alters the baby's brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
During pregnancy, everything taken in by the mother crosses the placenta. Opioid use during pregnancy is tied to changes in the baby’s brain, a new study found. more
Parents using marijuana could raise risk of addictions among offspring  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Researchers from Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital at Belmont, MA have found that parents using marijuana could be raising the risk of their children picking up addictions such... more
Predicting opioid-related problems among cancer survivors  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Opioids play an important role in how cancer patients manage pain, but the ongoing opioid epidemic has raised concerns about their potential for abuse. more
Fighting opioids with an unlikely supplemental painkiller: Anti-itch medicine  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers are investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine -- which targets a different part--more effective. The findings suggest it... more
CU Anschutz to train students to prescribe buprenorphine products for opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
As the nation struggles with a persistent epidemic of opioid addiction, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is taking a critical... more
New curated library unveiled to help address the opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new curated library, activated today, provides a centralized toolkit for policymakers, patients and health care professionals working to address the nation's opioid epidemic. more
A new link between migraines, opioid overuse may be key to treating pain  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have discovered that a peptide links together migraine pain and pain induced by opioid overuse. more
Researchers discover a peptide involved in both migraine and opioid-overuse pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
About 10% of the world population suffers from migraine headaches, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. more
Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Mundipharma reps have promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids, the same pitch the company’s U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more than a... more
OxyContin maker thrives in China with abandoned US tactics  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Mundipharma reps have promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids, the same pitch the company’s U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more than a... more
AP: Oxy sales in China driven by misleading addiction claims  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Mundipharma reps have promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids, the same pitch the company’s U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more... more
Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Mundipharma has promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids, the same pitch that their U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more than a decade ago more
Prescription opioid misuse in older adults linked to lasting physical, mental complications  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Older adults in the U.S. who suffer prescription opioid misuse are at a higher risk for physical and mental quality of life problems as... more
Chronic opioid therapy can disrupt sleep, increase risk of sleep disorders  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid use can interfere with sleep by reducing sleep efficiency and increasing the risk of sleep-disordered breathing. more
Opioid prescription doses are increasingly being tapered, often more rapidly than recommended  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. New research, however, shows tapering can occur at rates as... more
Opioid dose tapering rates as much as six times higher than recommended  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. New research from UC Davis Health physicians, however, shows tapering... more
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