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April 25, 2015

Local Physician Recommends World Health Organization Retire the Term Opioid Substitution Therapy

Apr. 16, 2015 — A researcher and physician caring for individuals with substance abuse disorders, believes the term opioid substitution therapy has unintended adverse consequences for patients receiving treatment ... read more

Opioid Relapse Rates Fall After Jail Release, According to Pilot Study

Apr. 14, 2015 — It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction, and has already been adopted in a small yet growing number of jails and prisons in the United States. Now, a clinical trial ... read more

Emergency Departments May Help Address Opioid Overdose, Education

Apr. 13, 2015 — Emergency departments provide a promising venue to address opioid deaths with education on both overdose prevention and appropriate actions in a witnessed overdose. In addition, emergency departments ... read more

Feb. 27, 2015 — Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated ... read more

History of Substance Abuse Predicts Misuse of Therapeutic Opioids

Feb. 23, 2015 — There is significant linkage between non-opioid substance abuse disorders, such as misuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, and therapeutic opioid abuse, a new study ... read more

New Hope in the Fight Against Pain: Analgesic Drugs Could Be Used to Treat Patients With Neuropathic Pain

Feb. 18, 2015 — Drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs that could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain, an international study reports, for the ... read more

High-Powered X-Ray Laser Unlocks Mechanics of Pain Relief Without Addiction

Feb. 18, 2015 — Scientists have solved the structure of a bifunctional peptide bound to a neuroreceptor that offers pain relief without addiction. Opiate drugs like morphine relieve pain by targeting mu receptors. ... read more

Study Could Pave Way for Painkillers With Fewer Side Effects

Feb. 17, 2015 — Researchers have long sought alternatives to morphine – a powerful and widely used painkiller – that curb its side effects, including dependency, nausea and dizziness. Now, an experiment has ... read more

Feb. 17, 2015 — While opioids are a widely used treatment for pain, patients who take them on a regular basis can become tolerant, requiring a higher dose for continued pain relief. Researchers have now identified a ... read more

Higher Opioid Doses Associated With Increase in Depression

Feb. 13, 2015 — Patients who increased doses of opioid medicines to manage chronic pain were more likely to experience an increase in depression, according to new ... read more

Fifteen-Fold Increase in Newborn Opioid Withdrawal in Ontario

Feb. 11, 2015 — The number of newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal increased 15-fold in Ontario over 20 years, according to new ... read more

Opioid and Heroin Crisis Triggered by Doctors Overprescribing Painkillers

Feb. 4, 2015 — Researchers say policymakers must look beyond painkiller abuse in their efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. New research reframes the heroin and prescription drug abuse problem as a wave of ... read more

How Cocaine Works in the Brain, Offers Possibility of Drug to Treat Addiction

Feb. 4, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that is key to making cocaine seem pleasurable, a finding that could lead to a drug treatment for fighting ... read more

Neonatologist's Study Trial Supports Alternative Therapy for Drug-Addicted Babies

Feb. 3, 2015 — A pilot study examining the effectiveness of a non-opiate drug clonidine to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome has recently been published, and was the first known trial to examine clonidine as a ... read more

Researchers Provide Insights for Reducing Drug Overdoses Through Community Education

Jan. 29, 2015 — Participants in drug overdose education programs tend to be parents (mostly mothers) who provide financial support for their son/daughter, have daily contact with their loved one, have applied for ... read more

Age Concern in Largest Ever Study of Heroin User Deaths

Jan. 27, 2015 — Older users of opioids such as heroin are 27 times more likely to become a victim of homicide than the general population, a study of almost 200,000 users has found. The study is the first to record ... read more

Prescription Painkillers, Widely Used by Childbearing Age Women, Double Birth Defects Risk

Jan. 22, 2015 — Many women are unaware that prescription opioid-based medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine, used to treat severe pain, may increase the risk for serious birth defects of ... read more

Use of Methadone to Treat Pain Increases Risk of Death, Study Shows

Jan. 20, 2015 — Outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46 percent increased risk of death when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR (sustained release), ... read more

Immunotherapy Inhibits Heroin Effects in Research Animals

Jan. 20, 2015 — Immunotherapy could have a place in the treatment of substance abuse in the future. A specific antibody can reduce the acute effects of heroin, according to a new experimental study. This would be ... read more

Study Reveals Lack of Data on Opioid Drugs for Chronic Pain

Jan. 15, 2015 — Researchers have found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of opioid drugs in the treatment of long-term chronic pain, despite the explosive recent growth in the use of the ... read more

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