opioids

Date Posted
Article Title
10/20/2017
Hepatitis C Screening May Boost Opioid Treatment Success

When people find out they have the infection, they're more likely to stay off drugs

10/20/2017
Drug OD Rate Now Higher in Rural U.S. Than Cities: CDC

Hardest-hit communities need targeted preventive measures, report suggests

10/18/2017
Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

Non-narcotic drug far more effective in new study

10/10/2017
Medicare Could Do More to Stem Opioid Epidemic

Prior authorization and quantity limits might help curb painkiller abuse, researchers say

10/2/2017
Heroin Taking Bigger Share of U.S. Opioid ODs

Hospital discharges tied to the illicit drug are rising as those from prescription painkillers fall

9/27/2017
Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?

Certain surgeries require longer prescriptions, researchers say

9/26/2017
ERs Prescribing Opioids at Lower Doses, Shorter Durations

Patients who receive these prescriptions are less likely to progress to long-term use, study shows

9/26/2017
CDC Launches Opioid Campaign in Hard-Hit States

'It only takes a little to lose a lot' is slogan for the multi-pronged media effort

9/21/2017
Addictive Opioids Common for People on Dialysis

But dose of pain-killing drugs often too high, researchers say

9/20/2017
Opioid ODs Have Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC

Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says

9/18/2017
9/15/2017
Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse

Certain operations pose a greater risk of painkiller dependence, study finds

9/15/2017
More U.S. Kids Landing in ER With Opioid Addiction

Researcher calls findings an emerging public health issue

9/15/2017
Adolescents and Opioids

The number of children addicted to opioids is on the rise, according to new study

9/13/2017
What You Can Do to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

A surgeon's group offers a blueprint for safer pain management

9/11/2017
Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer

Women who take opioids are more likely to stop vital hormonal therapy, study finds

8/31/2017
Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.

The synthetic drug is more powerful than heroin or morphine

8/31/2017
Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain

Overstimulation of this system could play a role in obesity, researchers say

8/25/2017
Many Migraine Sufferers Given Unecessary Opioids, Study Finds

Addictive painkillers should be treatment of last resort, headache expert says

8/23/2017
Longer Prescriptions Make Opioid Abuse More Likely: Study

Doctors should prescribe for the minimum numbers of days, researchers say

8/22/2017
Many Prescribed Opioids Even After Overdose

Few receive anti-addiction medications after hospital discharge, researchers find

8/21/2017
Hernia Patients May Need Fewer Opioids After Surgery, Study Finds

After repair, smaller prescriptions led to fewer pills that could be diverted or abused

8/17/2017
Voters in Counties With Worse Life Expectancy Turned to Trump in Election

Study found link between two; researchers point to poverty, lack of health insurance, unhealthy lifestyles

8/16/2017
Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

Non-drug approaches that may work include acupuncture and electrotherapy, review finds

8/16/2017
Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study

Outpatient prescriptions for spinal and orthopedic disorders identified as common triggers

8/16/2017
Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens

And heroin led to the most deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds, CDC says

8/11/2017
Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals

Medical costs jumped more than $30,000 per patient in less than 10 years, study finds

8/10/2017
Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

The majority of overdose deaths are attributed to prescription painkillers, report says

8/8/2017
U.S. Opioid Crisis Continues to Worsen

Lion's share of deaths attributed to prescription painkillers

8/3/2017
Addiction Drug Underused by Primary Care Docs in U.S.

Buprenorphine is prescribed to get patients off opioids in the privacy of a physician's office

8/3/2017
Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?

Prescribing practices called into question by new study

8/2/2017
Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain

Designed to treat epilepsy, these 'opioid alternatives' dampen some types of pain, but not all

8/2/2017
2 of 3 U.S. Patients Keep Unused Painkillers After Surgery

Saving leftover pills, and not storing them correctly, could lead to opioid misuse or abuse, researchers warn

8/1/2017
Policy Changes Reduced Use of Certain Prescription Opioids: Study

Urine tests find fewer people testing positive for hydrocodone-containing drugs

7/31/2017
Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.

Nearly 92 million Americans used a powerful prescription painkiller in 2015, survey shows

7/31/2017
7-Fold Spike Seen in Opioid-Linked Fatal Car Crashes

Two decades of U.S. data show another way these prescription medications are taking lives

7/26/2017
Opioid Abuse Down in Younger Americans, But Up Among Older Adults

Rates have doubled in people over 50, report says

7/18/2017
Easing Opioid Dose May Improve Pain and Quality of Life

Slowly lowering the drug amount also helps people get off the medications, study author says

7/13/2017
Ending U.S. Opioid Abuse Epidemic Will Take Years: Report

Expert panel calls for tighter painkiller prescribing practices without denying patients in need

7/13/2017
Painkiller Misuse Remains a Pressing Problem Across U.S.

Report identifies states with highest rates of abuse

7/12/2017
Painkiller Prescriptions More Prone to Errors If Handwritten

Electronic orders cut the odds of major mistakes, study reports

7/11/2017
JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain

Kennedy's private journey to fix his spine illustrates 'unfortunate pattern of treatment and outcomes'

7/6/2017
U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall, But Numbers Still High: CDC

And length of prescriptions went up, raising risk of addiction among patients

7/6/2017
Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD

Odds of heart-related death increased in these patients after new painkiller use, researchers say

7/5/2017
Half of Opioid Prescriptions Go to People With Mental Illness

Those with psychological conditions more likely to overdose or have other problems tied to painkillers

6/30/2017
Reaching Beyond the Prescription Pad to Treat Pain

Tools from clinical psychology help reduce chronic opioid use after surgery: study

6/30/2017
Trump Taps Indiana's Health Commissioner as Next Surgeon General

Dr. Jerome Adams has taken bold moves against opioid abuse crisis in the state

6/30/2017
More Research Shows Big Surge in U.S. Opioid Use, Addictions

Report from major insurer shows more than 20 percent received a painkiller prescription in 2015

6/28/2017
3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

First step: Don't give addicts a prescription for opioids or anti-anxiety medications, review recommends

6/26/2017
When Is an Opioid Safe to Take?

Doctors say it can treat intense pain, but patients should stay on the drug for shortest time possible