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 ...
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 ...
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 — Ninety percent of people who survived opioid overdoses in West Virginia did not receive recommended treatment to reduce their risk of overdosing again, according to a new study. West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the United States, four times higher than the national average. This study […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Two clinical trials of an investigational drug that targets the opioid system support its safety and effectiveness in reducing symptoms of major depression, when added to standard antidepressant treatment. The results of these Phase 3 trials of a drug combining buprenorphine with samidorphan are reported today in Molecular Psychiatry by a […]Continue Reading ...
Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50, as the opioid epidemic continues unabated. One reason is that the majority of the estimated 2.4 million Americans with opioid use disorder aren’t getting evidence-based treatment, including medications to treat opioid addiction. In a paper out today in The […]Continue Reading ...
Many individuals cite prescription opioids as their gateway to illicit opioid use. However, while prescription opioids are involved in more than one-third of all opioid overdose deaths in the U.S., examining any correlation between prescription opioid overdose deaths and pharmaceutical industry marketing has been limited — until now. New research from NYU School of Medicine […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers sketched a vivid line Friday linking the dollars spent by drugmakers to woo doctors around the country to a vast opioid epidemic that has led to tens of thousands of deaths. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, looked at county-specific federal data and found that the more opioid-related marketing dollars were spent in […]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 ...
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 — Marketing of opioids to physicians is associated with increased mortality from opioid overdoses, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in JAMA Network Open. Scott E. Hadland, M.D., M.P.H., from the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a population-based analysis of industry marketing information using data from […]Continue Reading ...
Home News Professional CDC: Opioid Prescribing Higher in Rural Versus Urban Areas TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 — The percentage of individuals prescribed an opioid is higher in rural than urban areas, according to research published in the Jan. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Macarena […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers have taken a step closer to understanding the body’s response to opioid painkillers such as morphine and fentanyl, which could lead to the development of safer opioid drugs. Opioids are a class of powerful painkillers used to treat moderate to severe pain. They act on the nervous system, stimulating opioid receptors which then block […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A recent study estimates that more than 275,000 people—or 4.6 percent of people over the age of 11 in Massachusetts- have opioid use disorder, a figure nearly four times higher than previous estimates based on national data. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, the study involved an analysis of several […]Continue Reading ...
Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The patients used less than 25 percent of the drugs, suggesting a potential risk of opioid diversion. The findings were published on Jan. 16, […]Continue Reading ...
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