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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Experts Slash Opioid Use While Improving Pain Scores, Study Finds

Jan. 18, 2017 — A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. As health officials across the U.S. look for ways to combat a opioid addiction ... read more

Opioids Produce Analgesia Via Immune Cells

Jan. 17, 2017 — Opioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid receptors in the brain, but can also be mediated via ... read more

American Effort Reduced Risky Opioid Prescriptions for Veterans, Study Finds

Jan. 10, 2017 — Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study ... read more

Researchers Identify Factors Associated With Stopping Treatment for Opioid Dependence

Jan. 5, 2017 — Individuals with opioid use disorder who are treated with buprenorphine, a commonly prescribed drug to treat addiction, are more likely to disengage from treatment programs if they are black or ... read more

Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Increased Risk of Long-Term Opioid Use

Dec. 29, 2016 — A wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain ... read more

Compulsory Drug Detention Centers ‘have No Role’ in Treatment of Opioid Addiction, According to Study

Dec. 8, 2016 — People with chronic opioid use disorders are more likely to relapse and do so sooner if they are treated in a compulsory drug detention center rather than a voluntary drug treatment center using ... read more

Scientists Develop Vaccine Against Fatal Prescription Opioid Overdose

Nov. 23, 2016 — Scientists have developed a vaccine that blocks the pain-numbing effects of the opioid drugs oxycodone (oxy) and hydrocodone (hydro) in animal models. The vaccine also appears to decrease the risk of ... read more

Compound Suggests Chronic Pain Treatment Without Opioid or Medical Marijuana Side Effects

Nov. 15, 2016 — Neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical ... read more

Long-Term Use of Opioid Patches Common Among Persons With Alzheimer's Disease

Nov. 14, 2016 — Approximately seven per cent of persons with Alzheimer’s disease use strong pain medicines, opioids, for non-cancer pain for a period longer than six months, according to a recent study. One third ... read more

Hospitalizations for Children, Teens Attributed to Opioid Poisoning Jump

Oct. 31, 2016 — The overall incidence of hospitalizations for prescription opioid poisonings in children and adolescents has more than doubled from 1997 to 2012, with increasing incidence of poisonings attributed to ... read more

New Effort Aims to Prevent Surgery-Related Opioid Addiction Across Michigan

Oct. 24, 2016 — With 40 percent of opioid medications in Michigan prescribed by surgeons, a team has launched an effort to encourage safer prescribing across the state, and a map of drug takeback ... read more

Abuse of Some Prescription Drugs Can Be a Risk for College Sexual Assaults, Regretted Sex

Oct. 19, 2016 — The abuse of prescription drugs by college students can play a role in negative sexual events such as sexual assault and regretted sex, new research has ... read more

Upswing in Prescription Opioid Use Disorder and Heroin Use Among Young Adults, Study Finds

Sep. 29, 2016 — From 2002 to 2014, there was an increase in the probability of having a prescription opioid use disorder among young adults using prescription opioids for non medical purposes, new research has ... read more

100 Million Prescription Opioids Go Unused Each Year Following Wisdom Teeth Removal, Study Estimates

Sep. 22, 2016 — More than half of opioids prescribed to patients following surgical tooth extraction – such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth – were left unused by patients, research shows. The authors say ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Opioid dependence -- which includes dependence on drugs such as heroin -- affects how 'cute' we perceive images of children to be, new research shows. As cuteness can trigger caregiving ... read more

Study of Fatal Car Accidents Suggests Medical Marijuana May Be Helping Curb Opioid Use

Sep. 15, 2016 — There were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect, investigators ... read more

Costs of US Prescription Opioid Epidemic Estimated at $78. 5 Billion

Sep. 14, 2016 — Prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence carries high costs for American society, with an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion, according to a new ... read more

Is Your School Ready for an Opioid Overdose?

Sep. 1, 2016 — A new article offers great back-to-school questions for parents to ask teachers, principals, and school administrators to see if their school is ready to handle a possible opioid ... read more

Pure Oxygen in High-Pressure Chamber Relieves Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal in Mice

Aug. 31, 2016 — A pharmacologist gave morphine-addicted mice pure pressurized oxygen before they began withdrawal from the drug. The mice had far less severe withdrawal symptoms than addicted mice that did not ... read more

Scientists Report on Safe, Non-Addictive Opioid Analgesic in Animal Model

Aug. 29, 2016 — Since the isolation of morphine from opium in the 19th century, scientists have hoped to find a potent opioid analgesic that isn't addictive and doesn't cause respiratory arrest with ... read more

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