Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Use Reduced by Extended-Release Naltrexone Injections

Opioid Use Reduced by Extended-Release Naltrexone Injections

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Extended-release naltrexone maintained abstinence from heroin and other illicit substances.

REBOOT Intervention Reduces Opioid Overdose Rates

REBOOT Intervention Reduces Opioid Overdose Rates

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REBOOT reduced the rate of opioid overdose in participants with opioid use disorder

White House Initiative Addresses Opioid Crisis to Reduce Overdose Deaths

White House Initiative Addresses Opioid Crisis to Reduce Overdose Deaths

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The opioid crisis needs to be addressed in order to reduce overdose deaths.

Gender Differences for New-Onset Depression Following Long-Term Opioid Use

Gender Differences for New-Onset Depression Following Long-Term Opioid Use

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In Veterans Health Association patients, new-onset depression was more common among women than men using long-term opioids.

Opioid Manufacturers Must Provide Extensive Training to Physicians

Opioid Manufacturers Must Provide Extensive Training to Physicians

Extensive training on opioids is now required for US doctors.

Opioid Crisis Worsening Among Adolescents, Young Adults in the United States

Opioid Crisis Worsening Among Adolescents, Young Adults in the United States

Opioid addiction without receiving medical treatment among 25 years old and younger Americans has severely increased.

Opioid Misuse Among Women Following Cesarean Sections

Opioid Misuse Among Women Following Cesarean Sections

Following C-section, women were prescribed roughly twice as many pills as they used.

Worse Psychological Profile for Patients on Migraine Medication Who Relapse

Worse Psychological Profile for Patients on Migraine Medication Who Relapse

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Patients who frequently relapse into overuse following withdrawal have a worse clinical and psychological profile than patients who relapse less frequently.

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

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Post-surgery pain is a continuum with no clear delineation.

Opiate Use May Be Reduced By Weight-Loss Drug

Opiate Use May Be Reduced By Weight-Loss Drug

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A prescription weight-loss drug reduced the urge to use opiates like oxycodone.

Improving Opioid Prescription Guideline Adherence

Improving Opioid Prescription Guideline Adherence

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Interventions may need to educate practitioners about how to handle difficult conversations with patients about opioids.

Opioid-Related Death Crisis Leads to New Guidelines

Opioid-Related Death Crisis Leads to New Guidelines

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The opioid crisis in Pennsylvania has led to voluntary guidelines emphasizing medication-assisted treatment.

CBT Plays Important Role in Treatment of Benzodiazepine Dependence

CBT Plays Important Role in Treatment of Benzodiazepine Dependence

Benzodiazepine safety has not been confirmed beyond short-term use.

Opioid Use May Be Curbed By Limited Prescription

Opioid Use May Be Curbed By Limited Prescription

Prescribing opioids for 3 days or less may lower chances of addiction, researchers say.

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens Should Increase Use of Medication Therapy

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens Should Increase Use of Medication Therapy

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Few adolescents receive methadone or buprenorphine for opioid addiction.

ASIPP: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

ASIPP: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

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Updated guidelines focus on safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.

Opioid Cravings Reduced by Medication from ER Visits

Opioid Cravings Reduced by Medication from ER Visits

Patients addicted to opioids treated in a hospital emergency department do better when they receive medication to reduce opioid cravings.

Rapid Increase in Opioid Dose Increases Risk of New-Onset Depression

Rapid Increase in Opioid Dose Increases Risk of New-Onset Depression

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Dose escalation may be a proxy for loss of control or undetected abuse known to be associated with depression.

Prior Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Future Long-term Opioid Use

Prior Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Future Long-term Opioid Use

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The most common condition linked to long-term opioid use was depression while suicide-attempts and self-injury were the least common conditions

Traumatic Injury Not a Significant Driver for Continued Opioid Use

Traumatic Injury Not a Significant Driver for Continued Opioid Use

Researchers found only 1 percent of patients prescribed medication still took opioids one year after hospital discharge.

Non-opioid Drugs and Methods for Pain Control

Non-opioid Drugs and Methods for Pain Control

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Treating acute pain before it develops into chronic pain may be the key to preventing chronic pain from arising in the first place.

Rise in Heroin Use and Prescription Opioid Abuse

Rise in Heroin Use and Prescription Opioid Abuse

Both medical and non-medical use of prescription opioid medications is associated with a higher risk for transitioning to heroin use.

Criticism of 12-Step Groups: Is It Warranted?

Criticism of 12-Step Groups: Is It Warranted?

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One topic of criticism is the relative dearth of scientific evidence regarding the efficacy of 12-step programs.

Effects of Limiting Physician Capacity to Rx Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

Effects of Limiting Physician Capacity to Rx Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

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Policy makers have prioritized increasing buprenorphine access to fight the opioid epidemic, but lack adequate information about how to do so effectively.

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