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May 25, 2015

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

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

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

Apr. 13, 2015 — At the cellular level, pain and pain relief are caused by two different signaling pathways. But the two pathways aren't necessarily independent of one another, according to a study. The ... read more

Babies Exposed to Narcotic Pain Relievers More Likely to Experience Withdrawal

Apr. 13, 2015 — Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a drug withdrawal syndrome in infants following birth, has historically been associated with illicit drug use among pregnant women. But a study shows that pregnant ... read more

Pain Management Study Reveals Patient Confusion About Opioid Addiction

Apr. 13, 2015 — Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study. The study found that patients seen ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Combining nortriptyline and morphine provides better pain relief than using either drug alone, according to a new study. "Chronic pain is an increasingly common problem and can exert disastrous ... read more

Rate of Opioid Misuse Is Around 25 Percent, Addiction Rate 10 Percent, Reports Study

Mar. 30, 2015 — New estimates suggest that 20 to 30 percent of opioid analgesic drugs prescribed for chronic pain are misused, while the rate of opioid addiction is approximately 10 percent. "On average, misuse ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it less likely to be abused than the older formulation has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But researchers have found that a significant percentage still ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Researchers have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain's opioid ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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