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May 6, 2016

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

Mar. 30, 2016 — Most people know that heroin is a dangerous drug, but its cousins, the legal, pharmaceutical opioids, such as codeine or hydrocodone, must be safe, ... read more

Take-Home Naloxone Should Be an Additional Standard of Care for Prevention of Heroin Overdose Death

Mar. 29, 2016 — Take-home naloxone should be an additional standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose death, say scientists. The study estimates that naloxone successfully reversed heroin overdose in 96 to ... read more

How Kappa Opioid Receptors Drive Anxiety

Mar. 17, 2016 — A cellular mechanism has been discovered by which kappa opioid receptors (KORs) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Provides Opioid-Free Pain Relief, Study Finds

Mar. 15, 2016 — Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body's main pain-blocking process -- the natural production of ... read more

Holding Mirror to Docs Who Overprescribe Addictive Drugs Doesn't Stem Prescriptions

Mar. 7, 2016 — Researchers conducted a randomized trial of informative letters aimed at suspected inappropriate prescribers of addictive substances like opioids and amphetamines. Top prescribers of these substances ... read more

Monitoring, Support Help Patients, Primary Care Physicians Dealing With Chronic Pain

Feb. 24, 2016 — Through monthly monitoring and support from pain specialists, primary care physicians confidence in prescribing opioids for pain was raised, the rate of identifying patients at risk for misuse of ... read more

Overdose Deaths from Common Sedatives Have Surged, New Study Finds

Feb. 18, 2016 — Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the ... read more

Scientists Create Vaccine Against Dangerous Designer Opioids

Feb. 16, 2016 — With use of synthetic opioid 'designer drugs' on the rise, scientists have a new strategy to curb addiction and even prevent fatal overdoses. In a new study, the scientists report ... read more

Combination Drug Targeting Opioid System May Help Relieve Treatment-Resistant Depression

Feb. 12, 2016 — A clinical trial of an experimental drug for treatment-resistant major depression finds that modulation of the endogenous opioid system may improve the effectiveness of drugs that target the action ... read more

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient ... read more

Better Quality of Care May Reduce Risk of Death for Patients on Opioid Painkillers

Feb. 4, 2016 — Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study offers evidence that supports ... read more

Use of and Barriers to Access to Opioid Analgesics Worldwide

Feb. 3, 2016 — Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period. Yet at the same time ... read more

The Dose Makes the Poison: Opioid Overdose Study Supports Call for Caution in Rx Levels

Feb. 1, 2016 — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in ... read more

New Drug Could Be Safer, Non-Addictive Alternative to Morphine

Jan. 28, 2016 — A painkiller has been developed that is as strong as morphine but isn't likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study. Opium-based drugs are the leading treatments ... read more

Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives Assessed

Jan. 28, 2016 — New research on opioid prescribing in Washington State reports that a health plan initiative to change shared expectations of physicians regarding clinically appropriate drug levels for long-term ... read more

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain: Achieving the Right Balance Through Education

Jan. 28, 2016 — In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. That growth has been associated with increasing misuse of these medications, leading to ... read more

Use of Psychosocial Treatments in Conjunction With Medication for Opioid Addiction

Jan. 26, 2016 — Psychosocial interventions, used together with effective medications, are a key part of recommended treatment for opioid addiction. But while research generally supports the effectiveness of ... read more

New Policies, Educational Programs Help, but Don't Solve, Problems With Opioid Abuse

Jan. 26, 2016 — Medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to 'taper' opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that patients used -- a limited ... read more

Patients Who Are Not Prescribed Opioids Find More Improvements in Physical Function

Jan. 22, 2016 — Opioids may help some patients suffering neuropathic pain, but do not help with mobility and function, according to ... read more

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