FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 — Many providers stopped initiating opioid therapy from July 2012 to December 2017, according to a report published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Wenjia Zhu, Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues used administrative-claims data from across the United States to estimate […]Continue Reading ...
Dan Willard doesn’t remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller—nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency operator’s CPR instructions. But he knows what led up to it all. The 65-year-old retired 911 […]Continue Reading ...
Addiction to prescription opioids has reached a crisis level in the United States. Now the drug is causing concern across the Atlantic. Researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden urge caution after discovering that prescriptions for the pain medication oxycodone have significantly increased during the last decade. The opioid crisis in the United States shows no […]Continue Reading ...
Home News Professional Rate of Opioid Rx Stable After Pediatric Outpatient Surgery WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 — From 2013 to 2017, the rate of receiving a take-home opioid prescription remained stable after pediatric outpatient surgery as did the dose prescribed, but the maximum take-home dose declined, according to a study recently published in Pain Medicine. […]Continue Reading ...
This is the first study to look at those patterns when it comes to prescription opioid abuse, said senior researcher Denise Kandel.Continue Reading ...
Identifying changes in the geographic distribution of opioid-related deaths is important, and this study analyzed data for more than 351,000 U.S. residents who died of opioid-related causes from 1999 to 2016. Researchers report increased rates of opioid-related deaths in the eastern United States, especially from synthetic opioids. In 2016, there were 42,249 opioid-related deaths (28,498 […]Continue Reading ...
Opioid-related deaths nationwide jumped fourfold in the last two decades, and the epidemic has made major inroads in the Eastern states, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Harvard University and the University of Toronto. “Although opioid-related mortality has been stereotyped as a rural, low-income phenomenon concentrated among […]Continue Reading ...
The rate of opioid prescriptions for n number of pills written before and after intervention, all lumbar spine surgeries (decompression and fusion), p As we all know, opioid addiction in the US has reached epidemic proportions. In 2017 alone, opioids were involved in the overdose deaths of 47,600 people. Many victims of opioid abuse began […]Continue Reading ...
In a dramatic shift in physician behavior, the number of new opioid prescriptions issued each month in the US has taken a nosedive, to less than a half. However, the number of high-risk prescriptions remains worryingly high, according to researchers at Harvard University. tab62 | Shutterstock Patients who have never been prescribed opioids before or […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 — Teens and young adults haven’t been spared from the opioid addiction crisis sweeping through America. And new research shows that when a teen is prescribed an opioid painkiller after minor surgery, his or her odds for long-term abuse nearly doubles if someone living at home already has an opioid use […]Continue Reading ...
Having a family member with persistent opioid use may be a risk factor for young adults continuing prescriptions long after their own surgeries, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. The presence of one or more family members using long-term opioids before a procedure was associated with a higher likelihood that adolescents prescribed opioids for the […]Continue Reading ...
This study looked at whether long-term opioid use by one or more family members was associated with long-term opioid use by adolescents and young adults prescribed opioids for the first time after common surgical or dental procedures. This observational study used data from a commercial insurance database for about 346,000 patients (ages 13 to 21) […]Continue Reading ...
More than 350,000 Americans have died from opioids since 2000. The painkillers now kill more Americans than car accidents or guns. Opioid-related deaths have jumped fourfold in the last two decades, and the epidemic has made major inroads in some eastern states, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of […]Continue Reading ...
In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation’s top public health crises, a University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher is teaming up with two Western Massachusetts sheriff’s offices to design, implement and study an opioid treatment program for jail detainees in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Funded with a $1.5 million […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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 will be published Dec. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined […]Continue Reading ...
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