An ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy was associated with a reduction in the number of pills dispensed in a study of patients having surgery for gynecologic cancer, without changes in postoperative pain scores, complications or increases in prescription refill requests. Under the protocol, patients having ambulatory or minimally invasive surgery weren’t prescribed opioids at discharge unless […]Continue Reading ...
A representation of the proportion of prescribed opioid pain medication that surgical patients actually took, in a statewide study in Michigan. Prescription size was the main predictor of how many opioid pills patients took after surgery. Credit: University of Michigan Many surgeons write prescriptions for opioid pain medications four times larger than what their patients […]Continue Reading ...
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Teens and young adults who receive their initial opioid prescriptions from their dentists or oral surgeons are at increased risk for opioid addiction in the following year, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. The study, which was published Dec. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined opioid use and abuse in a […]Continue Reading ...
The Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) are launching the Camden Opioid Research Initiative (CORI), a first-of-its-kind undertaking to investigate the genetic and biological factors that contribute to the development of opioid use disorder (also referred to as opioid dependence or addiction). Opioid overdoses […]Continue Reading ...
“Most of the general public thinks you should go to rehab if you have an opioid addiction,” says Adam Bisaga of Columbia University Irving Medical Center.Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The legalization of cannabis for adult use in Canada is one of the biggest national public policy shifts that many of us will ever witness in our lifetimes. This historic change in drug policy was proposed by the Canadian government as a way to promote public health, as the country grapples […]Continue Reading ...
A new study shows that food insecurity in pregnant women being treated for opioid use disorder may be associated with increased risk for their infants receiving pharmacologic treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Published in Addiction, the Boston Medical Center study indicates that screening for food insecurity in pregnant women who are being treated with opioid […]Continue Reading ...
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are testing a vaccine against opioid abuse developed by the Scripps Research Institute in California. The vaccine is meant to block the effects of heroin and fentanyl in patients with opioid use disorder. The methodology of VCU’s preclinical tests was recently featured in the journal Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. Lead author […]Continue Reading ...
How can we prevent opioid addictions from starting? Stanford pediatrician Alan Schroeder, MD, thinks one avenue is to examine whether the opioids given after routine procedures — and the procedures themselves — are always needed in the first place. Schroeder, the associate chief for research in pediatric hospital medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, […]Continue Reading ...
While the opioid crisis remains a major public health concern in the United States for people of all ages, relatively little research has been conducted in younger populations. A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents in an analysis of data between 2004 […]Continue Reading ...
People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The risk was highest in the first two months of opioid use. The results were published in the PAIN journal. The risk of hip fracture increased with increasing opioid […]Continue Reading ...
Pain medication such as oxycodone often helps cancer patients deal with intense pain after treatment, but it also can lead to abuse. Credit: Steve Heal/Shutterstock.com The availability of life-prolonging treatments such as hormonal therapies and other targeted chemotherapy has led to a sharp decline in breast cancer deaths in the United States. But despite these […]Continue Reading ...
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths remain a major public health concern in Massachusetts, yet adolescents who experience opioid-related nonfatal overdose (NFOD) have been rarely studied. Using public data, Brigham investigators recently unearthed several important ways in which the opioid crisis is playing out differently among young people versus adults. Performed in collaboration with colleagues at the […]Continue Reading ...
With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country. And they may have done just that, though in an animal model. Known as AT-121, the new chemical […]Continue Reading ...
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