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July 27, 2016

Study Examines Opioid Agonist Therapy Use in Medicare Patients

July 20, 2016 — Few Medicare enrollees appear to be receiving buprenorphine-naloxone, the only opioid agonist therapy for opioid addiction available through Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, according to a ... read more

Drug Monitoring Programs Reduce Opioid Deaths, Study Shows

June 22, 2016 — The implementation of state prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of approximately one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide, ... read more

June 20, 2016 — In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers say overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and ... read more

Opioids Increase Risk of Death When Compared to Other Pain Treatments

June 14, 2016 — Long-acting opioids are associated with a significantly increased risk of death when compared with alternative medications for moderate-to-severe chronic pain, according to a new ... read more

Six in Ten Adults Prescribed Opioid Painkillers Have Leftover Pills

June 13, 2016 — In the midst of an epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction and overdose deaths, a new survey suggests that more than half of patients prescribed opioids have leftover pills -- and many save ... read more

Hunting for the Brain's Opioid Addiction Switch

May 31, 2016 — New research is contributing to a better understanding of the ways opiate-class drugs modify brain circuits to drive the addiction cycle. The identification of these opiate-induced changes offers the ... read more

Study Shows Patients Require Less Painkilling Medication After Breast-Cancer Surgery If They Have Opiate-Free Anesthesia

May 30, 2016 — New research shows that patients undergoing breast cancer surgery need less painkilling medication post-surgery if they have anesthesia that is free of opioid ... read more

Pharmacist Prescribes Education as Key to Curbing Opioid Abuse

May 27, 2016 — Technologies that make it harder for people to abuse opioids -- like doctoring pills so that they produce unpleasant side effects if broken, crushed or injected --- likely will have limited ... read more

For Millions on Long-Term Opioid Medications, Change Will Be a Challenge

May 26, 2016 — A recent study surveyed patients to understand barriers to reducing the use of opioids to manage chronic pain. Millions of Americans take opioid medications daily to manage chronic pain, but there ... read more

ICUs Strained by Increased Volume and a Near Doubling of Opioid-Related Deaths

May 16, 2016 — ICU admissions related to opioid overdoses are steadily increasing, and opioid overdose-related ICU deaths have nearly doubled since 2009. New research shows the strain America's opioid crisis ... read more

Study Arms Sheriff's Deputies With Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

May 11, 2016 — Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of ... read more

Many Patients Abusing Drugs, Alcohol Are Self-Medicating Chronic Pain

May 9, 2016 — With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to ... read more

Imodium Abuse: Anti-Diarrhea Medication Containing Loperamide Dangerous for Self-Treatment of Opiod Addiction

May 3, 2016 — The over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication Imodium, or its key ingredient loperamide, is increasingly being abused by people attempting to self-treat their opioid addiction, with sometime fatal ... read more

Sharp Rise in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations, Health Care Costs in United States

May 2, 2016 — Infection is a serious complication of intravenous drug abuse and a major cause of illness and death among intravenous drug users. As the national problem of opioid abuse, including of heroin, ... read more

Expand Prescribing of Buprenorphine for Opioid Abuse? Experts Weigh Pros and Cons

May 2, 2016 — Buprenorphine is a critical part of treatment for the growing epidemic of opioid abuse -- but also carries the potential for misuse and diversion. The debate over whether 'to expand or not to ... read more

Parents' Presence at Bedside Found to Decrease Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Severity

Apr. 30, 2016 — New research suggests a key to easing the opioid withdrawal symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome is to ensure parents can spend plenty of time at the baby's bedside during treatment. NAS is ... read more

Taking the Fight Against Risky Pain Pill Use to the ER: Study Shows Promise

Apr. 20, 2016 — As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. And it could ... read more

In the Face of Chronic Pain, Clinicians Seek Best Practices for Management While Evading Opioid Abuse

Apr. 16, 2016 — Researchers have discussed best practices in management of chronic pain in people with ... read more

Some Drug Addicts More Likely to Relapse Than Others: Study

Apr. 13, 2016 — Opioids are highly addicting and liable for abuse. Methadone maintenance treatment is the most common intervention for those with drug addiction, but relapse is common, with 46% of patients ... read more

Results of World's First Study on New Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Apr. 6, 2016 — The results of the ground-breaking SALOME research show that chronic heroin addiction now has another effective treatment tool -- hyrdomorphone, a licensed pain ... read more

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