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More Access to Opioid Treatment Programs Needed in Southeast, Says Study

Mar. 29, 2017 — Large portions of the Southeast don’t have enough opioid treatment programs to match their high rates of opioid use disorder, suggests a new ... read more

Pharmacies Should Proactively Offer Naloxone to All Patients Who Meet Evidence-Based Criteria

Mar. 23, 2017 — Pharmacies should proactively offer naloxone, a drug that blocks or reverses the effects of overdose, to patients taking opioid medications through universal opt-out strategies in an effort to get ... read more

Boosting Natural Brain Opioids May Be a Better Way to Treat Anxiety, Research Shows

Mar. 23, 2017 — Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat disabling emotions, says new research revealing their role in regulating critical brain circuits affecting fear and ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — A new study found that there were more than 188,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers for pediatric exposure to opioids from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging 32 calls a day or one every ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Increased Prescribing of Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Mar. 16, 2017 — States where Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act have had a significant increase in prescribing of buprenorphine -- a medication that plays an important role in addressing ... read more

Drug and Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women

Mar. 16, 2017 — Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher ... read more

Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse, Study Shows

Mar. 14, 2017 — A link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse has been discovered by researchers, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid ... read more

Epigenetic Alteration a Promising New Drug Target for Heroin Use Disorder

Mar. 14, 2017 — The past few years have seen an explosion of heroin abuse and deaths from opiate overdose. But little is known about the molecular underpinnings of heroin addiction. A new study has found that heroin ... read more

Mar. 9, 2017 — Surgery patients often go home from the hospital with a prescription for painkillers to take as they recover. But a new study suggests that doctors should also focus on patients who were taking such ... read more

From Heroin Addiction to Alcohol-Related Problems

Feb. 28, 2017 — Methadone programs and long-term therapy using other opioids evidently work. People addicted to heroin consume less heroin, cocaine and even alcohol at the beginning of the treatment. As a long-term ... read more

Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes With Children, Survey Finds

Feb. 20, 2017 — Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study ... read more

Physicians’ Opioid Prescribing Patterns Linked to Patients’ Risk for Long-Term Drug Use

Feb. 16, 2017 — At a glance: New research shows great variation among clinicians’ opioid prescribing practices and links physician prescription patterns to patients’ risk for subsequent long-term opioid use. ... read more

Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most from Chronic Pain

Feb. 8, 2017 — Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than ... read more

Commercial Weight-Loss Drug Could Help Treat Opioid Addiction

Feb. 8, 2017 — Scientists are working to come up with new therapies to curb America's opioid epidemic and aid hospitals, doctors and public health officials in this fight. Now one team reports that the ... read more

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol May Increase Likelihood of Dangerous Respiratory Complication

Feb. 7, 2017 — Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to ... read more

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Feb. 7, 2017 — Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and ... read more

Neurobiologist Illuminates the Underexplored Potential of Cannabis to Address Opioid Addiction

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users, a number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Opioid use and abuse is a significant social, health and economic issue. Researchers have discovered that an existing anti-gout medication is effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms ... read more

Study in Teens Shows That Brain Responses to Rewards Are Linked to Pain Sensitivity

Jan. 26, 2017 — Patterns of brain responses to rewards are a significant predictor of pain symptoms -- a link that is already present by adolescence -- and may be influenced by gene variants affecting pain ... read more

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

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