Oxycontin News

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12/1/2017
11/21/2017
11/15/2017
10/23/2017
U.S. Opioid Painkiller Abuse May Be Leveling Off

Rate plateaus as doctors are urged to recommend nondrug pain treatments

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

Certain surgeries require longer prescriptions, researchers say

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

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

Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says

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

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

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

Outpatient prescriptions for spinal and orthopedic disorders identified as common triggers

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

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

7/10/2017
Medication Mistakes Have Doubled in U.S. Since 2000: Study

Poison control centers get one call every 21 seconds about a potentially serious mix-up

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

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

6/21/2017
Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

Study finds they are also more apt to get higher doses of the highly addictive painkillers

6/21/2017
Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

U.S. cases rose 75 percent for females vs. 55 percent for males over a decade, study finds

6/12/2017
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

More than a third aren't getting help, federal study says

6/9/2017
Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies

Pills women don't use may end up in the wrong hands, researchers suggest

6/6/2017
1 in 5 Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Using Opioids Years Later

Though procedure relieves obesity-related pain, it doesn't erase the need for painkillers, researchers report

5/23/2017
New FDA Head Outlines 'Forceful Steps' Against Opioid Crisis

On the agenda: better-tailored painkiller doses, doctor training and more

5/22/2017
1 in 4 Americans Knows Someone Hooked on Opioids: Poll

Three-quarters believe that people can beat the addiction

5/19/2017
ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices

States should limit the number of days these drugs can be given, study suggests

5/3/2017
Babies Born Addicted to Opioids Often Struggle With Learning

They're more likely to have disabilities and developmental delays, researchers say

4/12/2017
Many Opioid Addictions Surface After Surgery, Study Finds

Some patients face much higher risk of becoming dependent on powerful painkillers

4/7/2017
Rehab Services Lacking in States Hit Hard by Opioids

More addiction recovery programs needed in the Southeast, researchers say

3/16/2017
Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

Prescribing narcotic painkillers for 3 days or less may lower chances of addiction, study finds

3/15/2017
Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

30 percent of fatal opioid overdoses involved both types of meds, but number of people prescribed both has spiked

2/24/2017
Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC

Whites, middle-aged adults hardest hit, new report 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
Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated: Study

Researchers say more research is needed to determine cause of disparity among older Americans

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

2/8/2017
Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

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

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

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

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

8/31/2016
FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

These drugs will now carry 'boxed warning' detailing the threat

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

7/11/2016
Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

Doctors should explore alternatives for pain relief, researcher says

6/28/2016
Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

Study found monitoring program in Maine was only used by 56 percent of pharmacists

6/28/2016
Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

Finding supports naloxone prescriptions for patients taking opioids for chronic pain

6/24/2016
Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade

Over 4 percent of adults reported nonmedical use of drugs like OxyContin in 2012-2013

6/23/2016
Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

Opioid epidemic demands such measures, researcher says

6/14/2016
Opioid Painkillers Raise Deadly Heart Risks for Some: Study

Much of the risk for early death was related to cardiovascular complications, not overdoses

6/13/2016
Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States

Study finding based on review of workers' compensation claims

6/13/2016
Patients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share Them

Two new U.S. studies shed light on opioid epidemic