Opioid

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.

CDC Guidelines on Opioids: Reaction from the American Academy of Pain Management

CDC Guidelines on Opioids: Reaction from the American Academy of Pain Management

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Dr Twillman, Executive Director for the American Academy of Pain Management, emphasizes the fact that CDC guidelines on opioids are expert- and not evidence-based.

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.

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Impact Opioid Use, Abuse?

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Impact Opioid Use, Abuse?

A rise in overdose deaths is associated with overprescribing of opioid analgesic medications.

America's Addiction to Opioids, by Dr. Nora Volkow

Treatment of opioid addiction and preventing overdose deaths

Novel Opioids for Pain Relief

Novel Opioids for Pain Relief

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Researchers discovered novel opioid analgesics, displaying reduced respiratory depression.

The Role of Prescription Opioids in Veterans' Heroin Use

The Role of Prescription Opioids in Veterans' Heroin Use

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Opioid-related disorders are an emerging public health concern globally and in the United States.

Drug Use in America: New Charts Illustrate Nationwide Trends

Drug Use in America: New Charts Illustrate Nationwide Trends

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The report also sheds light on the most significant predictors of substance abuse.

Misuse and Abuse of Gabapentin

Misuse and Abuse of Gabapentin

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Researchers at ARIA Diagnostics in Indianapolis, IN conducted urine screens to test for opiates/opiods, gabapentin, pregabalin, and other substances.

Post-Op Opioid Abuse Risk Low in Elderly Patients

Post-Op Opioid Abuse Risk Low in Elderly Patients

In this cohort study, researchers measured rates of ongoing opioid use up to 1 year after major surgery in patients aged 65 or older.

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

In 2014, opioids were responsible for nearly 19 000 deaths across the United States.

Coprescribing Naloxone Helps Reduce Unintentional Opioid Overdose

Coprescribing Naloxone Helps Reduce Unintentional Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses the respiratory depression characteristic of opioid overdose.

Expanded Naloxone Access Could Help Curb Opioid Deaths

Expanded Naloxone Access Could Help Curb Opioid Deaths

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The Role of Psychiatrists as Naloxone Advocates

Opioid Update: Rate of Opioid Misuse Doubles in 10 Years

Opioid Update: Rate of Opioid Misuse Doubles in 10 Years

Nonmedical prescription opioid use among adults in the United States has increased by 161% from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, while prescription opioid use disorder has increased by 125%.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Curb Opioid Prescribing

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Curb Opioid Prescribing

Regulating opioid prescribing through prescription monitoring programs may improve treatment outcomes and patient safety.

FDA Approves Innovative Sustained-Release Drug Implant to Control Addiction

FDA Approves Innovative Sustained-Release Drug Implant to Control Addiction

FDA approves innovative sustained-release drug delivery implant to control opioid dependence for up to 6 months.

E-prescribing Linked With Fewer Medication Errors and Adverse Effects

E-prescribing Linked With Fewer Medication Errors and Adverse Effects

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For practitioners who are interested in implementing an e-prescribing system, Dr Hurford suggests that they seek feedback from colleagues.

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