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Opioid Use Increases Risk of Serious Infections

( - Opioid users have a significantly increased risk of infections severe enough to require treatment at the hospital, such as pneumonia and meningitis, as compared to people who don’t use opioids.

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:34:44 AM

Low-Tech, Low-Cost Test Strips Show Promise for Reducing Fentanyl Overdoses

( - Fentanyl is one of the most potent forms of opioid, and is often laced into street drugs, making it difficult for street users to ascertain their potency and therefore the potential for overdosing.

Feb 6, 2018 - 10:51:11 AM

Train 30 Police Departments on Using Narcan to Combat Opioid Crisis
( - MAYWOOD, IL – More than 1,900 officers from 30 suburban Cook County police departments, Cook County Sheriff's Department and Cook County Forest Preserve Police will soon be equipped to administer Narcan®...
Feb 2, 2018 - 11:05:44 AM

1 in 7 Lung Surgery Patients at Risk for Opioid Dependence

( - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA —While the use of opioids after surgery is intended as a short-term strategy to relieve pain, many patients who weren’t prior opioid users continue to take the medication for several months....

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:15:49 AM

Surgery Patients in Enhanced Recovery Program Leave Hospital Sooner, Take Fewer Opioids

( - NEW ORLEANS – Colorectal and bariatric surgery patients benefited from an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, leaving the hospital sooner and requiring fewer opioids to control pain

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:44:50 AM

Pain Care Outcomes Unaffected by Opioid Dose Reductions

( - CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2018 -- Several health organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, have recommended dose reduction and risk mitigation strategies to reduce adverse events for patients on chronic opioid therapy.

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:34:14 AM

Opioids Often Not the Answer to Post-Surgery Pain

( - CHICAGO – It’s a given that surgery is painful and may leave you sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you’re recovering at home or in the hospital.

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:09:14 PM

Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse After Surgery

( - BOSTON – With opioid overdoses now a leading cause of nonintentional death in the United States, data show most of these deaths can be traced back to an initial prescription opioid.

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:38:48 AM

Default Setting in Electronic Medical Records “Nudged” Emergency Department Physicians to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 10 Tablets

( - PHILADELPHIA — For patients who have never been prescribed opioids, larger numbers of tablets given with the initial prescription is associated with long-term use and more tablets leftover that could be diverted for misuse or abuse.

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:35:06 AM

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Practice Guidelines for Using Laboratory Drug Tests to Combat Opioid Addiction, Overdoses

( - WASHINGTON – AACC has issued a new guideline detailing how healthcare providers can use laboratory tests to manage treatment of pain and prevent prescription drug overdoses.

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:04:32 PM

Emergency Departments Not a Major Source of Opioid Prescriptions

( - WASHINGTON, DC — Opioid prescribing has increased 471 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to a new Annals of Emergency Medicine study

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:40:09 AM

Patient Education Brochure Provides Low-Cost Solution to Avoid Diversion of Unused Opioids after Surgery

( - CHICAGO - Unused prescription painkillers lying around the home have proven to be a major source of drugs supplying the nation’s opioid epidemic

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:14:21 AM

Scientists Take a Big Step Toward Building a Better Opioid

( - CHAPEL HILL, NC – For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor bound to a morphine derivative.

Jan 5, 2018 - 11:39:09 AM

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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