Opioid-Related Disorder

Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

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If we invest in evidence-based addiction treatment that is invested in the dignity of every person who needs that treatment, many more people will find themselves ready to seek it out.

AMA Highlights Addressing Patients' Shame in Opioid Disorders

AMA Highlights Addressing Patients' Shame in Opioid Disorders

A webinar on patient shame forms part of the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies.

Overdoses, Suicides Now Leading Causes of Pregnancy-Related Mortality

Overdoses, Suicides Now Leading Causes of Pregnancy-Related Mortality

Self-harm has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado between 2004 and 2012.

3 Initiatives To Address the Opioid Epidemic

3 Initiatives To Address the Opioid Epidemic

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We explore 3 initiatives that include guidelines and recommendations for CRNAs, physicians, and policymakers.

Opioid Poisonings Rising Dramatically in Children, Teens

Opioid Poisonings Rising Dramatically in Children, Teens

In children aged 10 to 14, poisonings from suicide or self-inflicted injury rose 37% and accidental poisoning increased 82%.

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.

Examining Genetics to Identify Risks of Opioid Addiction

Examining Genetics to Identify Risks of Opioid Addiction

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More than 75% of individuals with a current opioid addiction diagnosis, as well as 28% of control participants, presented with an addiction risk score over 52. Researchers focused on single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with brain reward systems.

Comprehensive Assessment Essential for Treating All Aspects of Pain

Comprehensive Assessment Essential for Treating All Aspects of Pain

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Regular evaluation and assessment along with a personalized "step approach" is essential for effective pain management.

Treating the Brain or Body: Which is Best for Patients With Pain?

Treating the Brain or Body: Which is Best for Patients With Pain?

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While treatments for pain often target either the brain or the body, data show treatments often benefit both.

Psychosocial Approaches For Self-Modulating Pain

Psychosocial Approaches For Self-Modulating Pain

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Psychosocial approaches have become critical in the face of the chronic pain epidemic.

Short Online Course Effective Treatment for Pain Catastrophizing

Short Online Course Effective Treatment for Pain Catastrophizing

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These free online resources may be of interest to patients in rural settings who may not have access to pain psychologists.

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

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.

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%.

Long-term Use, Sharing of Prescribed Opioid Medications is Highly Prevalent

Long-term Use, Sharing of Prescribed Opioid Medications is Highly Prevalent

More than 70% of respondents said they gave their spare medications to someone they knew who also struggled with pain.

All-Cause Mortality Risk Higher With Long-Acting Opioids

All-Cause Mortality Risk Higher With Long-Acting Opioids

The value of prescribing long-acting opioids for chronic noncancer pain should be carefully evaluated.

New Synthetic Drug Similar to Heroin Linked to Many Overdose Deaths

New Synthetic Drug Similar to Heroin Linked to Many Overdose Deaths

U-47700 is a new opioid drug that is over seven times more powerful than morphine.

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.

Daily Pain Variations Associated With Opioid Cravings

Daily Pain Variations Associated With Opioid Cravings

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Cravings can be affected by variables such as sex, negative affect, and history of SUD, but few studies have examined the impact of day-to-day changes in pain intensity.

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