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Four-Fold Jump in Deaths in Opioid-Driven Hospitalizations

( - People who end up in the hospital due to an opioid-related condition are four times more likely to die now than they were in 2000

Dec 5, 2017 - 11:25:07 AM

Patients Only Use About Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

( - ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Doctors may be prescribing nearly twice the number of opioids than what the average patient needs after a hysterectomy, a new study suggests.

Dec 4, 2017 - 9:49:42 AM

Postsurgery Prescribing Guideline Could Reduce Opioid Prescriptions by as Much as 40 Percent

( - Rising rates of opioid prescriptions have been linked to the opioid epidemic, and a significant number of opioid deaths have been linked to prescriptions written by surgeons.

Dec 1, 2017 - 10:38:41 AM

Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic, Study Finds

( - A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers....

Nov 30, 2017 - 10:26:36 AM

Although Their Introductions as Treatment Are Different, Two Top Medications for Opioid Addiction Are Equally Effective

( - With opioid addiction officially declared a public health emergency in the U.S., medical intervention to treat the illness is increasingly important in responding to the epidemic.

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:44:42 AM

Drug Hospitalizations Increase Even as Prescription Opioid Supply Declines

( - Atlanta, GA, Nov. 7, 2017 – Preliminary research presented today at APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo examined the trend in hospitalizations from opioid poisonings in West Virginia, a state heavily impacted by the current opioid overdose crisis.

Nov 7, 2017 - 10:26:51 AM

Helping Clinicians Curb the Opioid Crisis

( - The New Jersey medical examiner recorded close to 1,600 drug-related deaths in 2015, the most recent year data was collected – a 16 percent increase from the year prior

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:34:18 PM

In Landmark Report, Public Health Leaders Outline Steps for Urgent Action on Opioids

( - BALTIMORE, MD – A group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, today issued a new report....

Oct 30, 2017 - 10:46:21 AM

Trump Announcement on Opioid Epidemic a First Step but More Needed

( - WASHINGTON – President Trump’s declaring the opioid epidemic a national health emergency is a critical first step, but it does not address the urgent need for more federal funds to fight this crisis

Oct 27, 2017 - 2:10:40 PM

Machine Learning Detects Marketing and Sale of Opioids on Twitter

( - Using advanced machine learning, a cross disciplinary team of University of California San Diego researchers developed technology that mined Twitter to identify entities illegally selling prescription opioids online.

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:30:32 AM

Opioids in the ED (VIDEO)

( - A new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicinesheds light on where in the medical setting people are being prescribed opioids.

Oct 25, 2017 - 1:26:17 PM

Eliminating Opioids From Anesthesia Decreases Post-Surgery Nausea

( - BOSTON – Opioid-free general anesthesia is safe, effective and dramatically decreases postoperative nausea

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:20:49 AM

After Skyrocketing, Opioid Abuse Plateaus but Remains Too High

( - BOSTON – While the breakneck upswing in opioid abuse has leveled off, it remains disturbingly high and does not appear to continue its decline

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:39:53 AM

Screening for Hepatitis C Improves Opioid Abuse Treatment Outcomes

( - Washington, D.C. – Research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – shows people in treatment for opioid substance abuse...

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:35:32 PM

How Many Opioid Painkillers Do Surgery Patients Need? New Prescribing Recommendations Unveiled

( - ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- How many prescription pain pills should a patient receive after breast cancer surgery? Or a hernia repair? Or a gallbladder removal?

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:52:39 AM

The Opioid Disaster—Who Benefits?

( - The opioid crisis in America is real, it is lethal, and it may be killing the nice family that lives next door to you.

Oct 3, 2017 - 4:13:54 PM

Plastic Surgeons Get Tips on Managing Opioid Addiction Risk

( - Opioid medications prescribed for pain management after plastic surgery may contribute to the ongoing opioid epidemic

Oct 3, 2017 - 12:56:59 PM

Larger-Dose Opioid Prescriptions Not Coming From Emergency Departments (VIDEO)

( - ROCHESTER, Minn. —
Opioid prescriptions from the emergency department (ED) are written for a shorter duration and smaller dose than those written elsewhere, shows new research led by Mayo Clinic.

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:05:45 AM

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