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August 5, 2015

Patient Controlled Analgesia in the Emergency Department Is Effective

June 22, 2015 — Two studies are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward. The studies show ... read more

Law Enforcement Officers Should Be Authorized to Administer Naloxone

June 15, 2015 — One way to reduce the nation's number of opioid-related deaths, states an American drug policy expert, is through the timely administration of naloxone, the life-saving overdose antidote. New ... read more

Half of Veterans Who Died from Opioid Overdoses Also Received Benzos

June 12, 2015 — Nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while prescribed opioids for pain were also receiving benzodiazepines, or benzos, which are common medications for the treatment of anxiety, ... read more

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term ... read more

Physician Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine Increases Potential Access to Treatment

June 9, 2015 — In the past, many people living in rural counties have had no practical way to get treatment for opioid addiction. This study shows that the increased number and geographic distribution of physicians ... read more

Clinicians Reluctant to Prescribe Medication That Counteracts Effects of Opioid Overdose

June 9, 2015 — A variety of factors including questions about risk and reluctance to offend patients limits clinician willingness to prescribe a potentially life-saving medication that counteracts the effects of an ... read more

Inmates Denied Methadone Treatment Less Likely to Seek It Once Free

May 29, 2015 — When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial, inmates ... read more

Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction Identified

May 19, 2015 — The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ... read more

Treating Infants of Mothers With Opioid Dependence: Rising Rates, Rising Costs

May 19, 2015 — As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome have increased dramatically, suggests a new ... read more

Public Health Advisories Linked With Reduction of Codeine Dispensing to Postpartum Women

May 12, 2015 — Public health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada were associated with significant reductions in the rate of dispensing of codeine to postpartum women, ... read more

The Opioid Epidemic and Its Impact on Orthopaedic Care

May 7, 2015 — The United States makes up less than five percent of the world's population but consumes 80 percent of the global opioid supply and approximately 99 percent of all hydrocodone -- the most ... read more

Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing

May 4, 2015 — The majority of opioid prescriptions in the ED setting had a low pill count and almost exclusively were immediate-release formulations, not the long-acting medications such as methadone, Oxycontin ... read more

Babies Born With Drug Withdrawal Symptoms on the Rise, Study Shows

Apr. 30, 2015 — The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born ... read more

Emergency Department Treatment for Opioid Addiction Better Than Referrals

Apr. 28, 2015 — The first known randomized trial comparing three treatment strategies for opioid-dependent patients receiving emergency care has been conducted by researchers who found that patients given the ... read more

Heroin Use Spikes Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers looked at the frequency of nonmedical prescription opioid use and the risk of heroin-related behaviors and found that past-year heroin use rose among individuals taking opioids like ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new study has identified the trigger behind the most severe forms of cancer pain. The study points to TMPRSS2 as the culprit: a gene that is also responsible for some of the most aggressive forms ... read more

Reduction in Opioid Prescribing, Overdoses Associated With Pharma Industry Changes

Apr. 20, 2015 — The introduction of abuse-deterrent OxyContin, coupled with the removal of propoxyphene from the US prescription marketplace, may have played a role in decreasing opioid prescribing and overdoses, a ... 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

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

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