opioids

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2/23/2017
Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side

4 of 10 given buprenorphine to ease withdrawal abuse other opioids, study finds

2/20/2017
Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

2/20/2017
Kids and Opioid Risks

Children whose mothers are prescribed opioids are at increased risk of accidental overdose, study finds.

2/20/2017
Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

Odds of overdose more than double if parent takes powerful narcotic instead of milder pain med, study finds

2/17/2017
Anti-Addiction Meds Given in ER Can Help Battle Abuse

Giving drugs to reduce cravings appears to be effective option, study finds

2/15/2017
Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Patients are 30 percent more likely to get hooked on painkillers if their ER physician prescribes them frequently

2/13/2017
Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say

Recommendations state opioid painkillers should be last resort for long-lasting pain

2/13/2017
Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

Psychiatrist cautions doctors and patients to consider risks and benefits of each drug

2/8/2017
Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

Drinking while taking the painkillers can hamper breathing, especially among seniors, study finds

1/26/2017
Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

Drug abuse may cause an unusual short-term memory syndrome, study suggests

1/24/2017
Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment

Finding suggests they may need higher doses of methadone

1/17/2017
Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, federal report says

12/21/2016
Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids

Long waitlists for drug rehab led to two promising efforts in New England

12/20/2016
Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

Prescription painkillers and heroin lead the increase, latest government data shows

12/15/2016
Opioid Overdoses Burden U.S. Hospitals: Report

Admissions due to heroin, painkillers rose 64 percent over decade

12/12/2016
What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a substance abuse problem

12/12/2016
Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

12/8/2016
Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern

Researchers worried about long-term use together with other medications that cause drowsiness

12/8/2016
Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

Investigators identify strategies for ensuring the drug's availability

11/29/2016
Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?

Study found 41 percent of meds that can increase drowsiness were set too high for seniors, linked to accidents

11/28/2016
Opioids No Better Than Ibuprofen for Pain After Car Crash: Study

But more patients prescribed powerful painkillers were still taking them 6 weeks later

11/17/2016
U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

Report calls for proven medical treatments and compassion to combat the national crisis

10/31/2016
Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, Teens

Younger children 'eating them like candy,' while teens overdose while trying to get high, researcher says

10/24/2016
Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey

Patients worried about the potentially addictive painkillers; say they only provide limited relief

10/21/2016
Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day

DEA-sponsored event offers sites to safely dispose of unused meds

10/20/2016
Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study

Only 1 percent still took prescribed painkillers one year after hospital discharge

10/5/2016
DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers

These potent prescription drugs are helping to fuel addiction crisis in U.S.

10/4/2016
Risk of Opioid Addiction Up 37 Percent Among Young U.S. Adults

Study also finds painkiller abuse often precedes heroin use

9/27/2016
Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Surplus may contribute to the opioid abuse epidemic, researchers say

9/21/2016
Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs

9/15/2016
Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Study of fatal car crashes finds fewer linked to opioids where medical pot is legal, but some experts are critical of the research

9/13/2016
Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey

More than a third said it improved their drug-taking behavior

9/8/2016
College Students Using More Pot, Fewer Opioids

Nearly 5 percent use marijuana daily, survey finds

9/1/2016
Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

Injecting drugs boosts the risk of infective endocarditis

8/30/2016
Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials

But human studies have yet to be done

8/25/2016
Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

U.S. Surgeon General urges doctors to join the fight against opioid addiction epidemic

8/23/2016
Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

3 of 4 who tried the illicit drug had misused prescription painkillers first: study

8/11/2016
Steep Rise in U.S. Babies Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers

Cases of 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, CDC says

8/10/2016
Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study

Vast majority of patients used the meds short-term to ease their pain

8/9/2016
Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

1 person died, 8 were sickened when illicit pills circulated in San Francisco, doctors report

8/9/2016
Doctors Urged to Prescribe Lower Doses of Opioids, No Refills

Researchers cite concerns about possible long-term use and addiction

8/3/2016
1 in 5 Opioid Users Also Might Be Abusing Seizure Drug: Study

Doctors should screen for presence of gabapentin, researchers advise

7/29/2016
Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns

New street drug combines two synthetic opioids

7/29/2016
New Guidelines Issued for Cancer Patients' Post-Treatment Pain

Specialists urge doctors to offer alternative therapies for this widespread problem

7/27/2016
Sharing Drug 'Snorting Straws' Spreads Hepatitis C

Study highlights more fallout from opioid epidemic

7/25/2016
Painkillers for Teen Athletes Won't Spur Addiction: Study

Sports may actually provide protective effect against opioid abuse

7/22/2016
Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

Men and younger people had higher odds of painkiller abuse, study found

7/20/2016
Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks

Indiana case offers a lesson for other rural communities

7/20/2016
Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug

Painkillers are easier to prescribe than the drug that battles dependence on them, addiction specialist says