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May 20, 2019

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Historically 'Safer' Tramadol More Likely Than Other Opioids to Result in Prolonged Use

Surgical patients receiving the opioid tramadol have a somewhat higher risk of prolonged use than those receiving other common opioids, new research ... read more

Breakthrough Toward Developing Blood Test for Pain

Researchers have developed a test that objectively measures pain biomarkers in blood. The test could help physicians better treat patients with precision medicine, and help stem the tide of the ... read more

Traces of Opiates Found in Ancient Cypriot Vessel

Researchers have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a distinctive vessel dating back to the Late Bronze ... read more

One in Every 5 Deaths in Young Adults Is Opioid-Related in the United States

One out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States is related to opioids, suggests a new ... read more
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Misapplication of Opioid Guidelines?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clarifying its guidelines on opioid prescribing, citing the findings of a review panel that many clinicians, policymakers and payers are misapplying ... read more

Vaccine Shows Lasting Effects Against Fentanyl Addiction in Rats

A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These results suggest ... read more

New Mathematical Model Could Be Key to Designing Effective Therapies for Brain Disorders

A new mathematical model has been developed to quantify the activity of biased G-protein-coupled ... read more

Hearing Loss Before 50 May Mean Higher Risk of Drug and Alcohol Issues

People under age 50 with hearing loss misuse prescription opioids at twice the rate of their hearing peers, and are also more likely to misuse alcohol and other drugs, a new national study finds. ... read more

Another Possible Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic: Hormone Deficiencies

Many people who use opioid medications long term do not produce enough testosterone or another important hormone, cortisol, according to a new ... read more

Naltrexone Implant Helps HIV Patients With Opioid Dependence Prevent Relapse

A new study shows that a naltrexone implant placed under the skin was more effective at helping HIV-positive patients with an opioid addiction reduce relapse and have better HIV-related outcomes ... read more

Heroin Users Aware of Fentanyl, but at High Risk of Overdosing

Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the highly dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, ... read more

Opioid Use in the Family May Influence Adolescents' Opioid Risk After Surgery

Having a family member with persistent opioid use may be a risk factor for young adults continuing prescriptions long after their own surgeries, a new study ... read more

Peer Support, Healing Hands May Curb Prescription Opioid Misuse

A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, ... read more

UK Sales of Xanax and Other Prescription Psychiatric Drugs Increasing Via the Darknet

Sales of prescription psychiatric drugs such as Xanax and diazepam via darknet online drug markets have increased in the UK at an alarming rate, according to new ... read more

Insurance Rules Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to ... read more

Worsening of Overdose Crisis Predicted: Limits of Focusing on Prescription Opioids

A study from investigators projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the US is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting access to prescription opioids will have ... read more

Opioid Injecting Linked to Substantial Rise in Bacterial Heart Infections

A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of the heart, possibly linked to increasing use of the opioid ... read more

Protocol Reduces Opioid Use in Spinal Surgery Patients

A novel 'Enhanced Recovery After Surgery' (ERAS) protocol for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. The new study showed that when an ... read more

West Virginia Study Details Promising Method for Estimating Rural Intravenous Drug Use

A study estimates that 1,857 people injected drugs in the last six months in Cabell County, W.Va., a rural county with a population of 94,958. This estimate is based on an innovative survey technique ... read more

Payments to Physicians May Increase Opioid Prescribing

US doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, according to new ... read more

Firsthand Accounts Indicate Fentanyl Test Strips Are Effective in Reducing Overdose Risk

Young adults who use drugs find fentanyl test strips useful, residue testing more convenient and testing at home more private, a Brown study ... read more

Physician-Targeted Marketing Is Associated With Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths, Study Shows

New research shows that increased marketing of opioid products to physicians -- from consulting fees to free meals -- is associated with higher opioid prescribing rates and elevated overdose deaths ... read more

Dangerous Increases in Patients Mixing Opioids, Benzodiazepines or Z-Drugs

The number of Americans taking a dangerous combination of both opioids and benzodiazepines -- a group of drugs commonly prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety -- increased by 250 percent over a ... read more

Surgeons Find Opioids Often Overprescribed for Elbow Fractures in Children

Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study. The patients used less than 25 ... read more

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