Oxycontin News

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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

6/3/2016
Many Take Opioids Months After Hip, Knee Replacements

Study findings highlight growing painkiller addiction epidemic

6/2/2016
Prince Died From Potent Prescription Painkiller: Autopsy

Music superstar apparent victim of opioid epidemic hitting the U.S., experts say

5/26/2016
FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

Experts say steady dosing eliminates need to take medication daily to combat heroin, powerful painkillers

3/29/2016
Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

Additional funding would make medication-based treatment one of several priorities

3/25/2016
Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey

While 99 percent exceed the recommended 3-day dosage limit, a quarter write prescriptions for a full month

1/13/2016
Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic?

New commentary says no, but others disagree

1/3/2016
New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

Female libido pill, measles outbreaks and vaccine controversy also made headlines

12/30/2015
Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey

Heroin is cheaper, easier to obtain than narcotics like OxyContin, experts say

12/21/2015
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs

Tougher prescription laws might have also reduced heroin deaths, researchers suggest

12/18/2015
Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

Narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin fueling the increase, researchers say

12/3/2015
More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

Report reflects changing patterns of substance abuse

11/25/2015
Those in Their 50s Now Largest Group Battling Addiction to Narcotics: Study

Big jump also seen in those aged 60 and older needing treatment for painkiller, heroin abuse

11/19/2015
Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

11/19/2015
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Drug marketed as Narcan offers new treatment option for family members or first responders

10/28/2015
Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too

Interviews confirm desire for cheaper, more plentiful substitute

10/28/2015
Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction

Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later

10/15/2015
Doctors' Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Abuse: CDC

Small number write most narcotic prescriptions, study finds

10/13/2015
Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rate Down, But Many Are Addicted: Study

Second study finds 80 percent of abusers don't get treatment for their addiction

10/12/2015
Americans Concerned About Prescription Painkiller Addiction

People support more education for doctors and regulations to limit abusive access, survey finds