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Doctors' Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Abuse: CDC

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – Improved prescribing practices could help reduce narcotic painkiller abuse and overdose deaths from those drugs, a new U.S. government study says. An analysis of prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states found that a small number of doctors were responsible for most narcotic painkiller prescriptions, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Most of those deaths stem from abuse of prescription pain drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin, stimulants and sedatives/tranquilizers, according to the CDC. "Every day, 44 people die in American communities from an overdose of prescription opioids and many more become addicted," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "States are on the frontline of witnessing these overdose ... Read more

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Infants Born to Drug-Abusing Mothers Often Readmitted to Hospital

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – Newborns with drug withdrawal syndrome are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those without the condition, a new study finds. Drug withdrawal syndrome can occur shortly after birth in babies whose mothers abuse narcotic painkillers during pregnancy. These infants are at increased risk for breathing and feeding problems, seizures and low birth weight, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville explained. Drug withdrawal syndrome among babies is becoming more of an issue in the United States due to the epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, previous studies have reported. In this study, the researchers reviewed information from more than 750,000 births in New York state between 2006 and 2009. They found more than 1,600 infants with drug withdrawal syndrome. These babies were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be readmitted to the ... Read more

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8 of 10 People in Addiction Treatment Smoke, Study Finds

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People in addiction-treatment programs are about two to three times more likely to smoke than other people, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed 54 studies that included more than 37,000 people in 20 countries and found that 84 percent of those in treatment for drug and alcohol problems were smokers. Only 31 percent of people in the general population smoke. "When people come into treatment for drugs and alcohol, we are not treating another addiction that has a significant chance of eventually killing them, which is tobacco use," study leader Joseph Guydish, a professor of medicine and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. "At a public health level, this means that our addiction-treatment efforts should address smoking and tobacco use better than they do now," he added. This study did not include ... Read more

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More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth

Posted 30 Jan 2012 by

MONDAY, Jan. 30 – A dramatic rise in newborns experiencing drug withdrawal after being exposed in the womb poses challenges for clinicians on how to detox these tiny victims, a new report indicates. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released its first updated guidelines on neonatal drug withdrawal since 1998, partly in response to the escalating abuse of both illicit and prescription drugs by pregnant women and partly in recognition of better pain management techniques for babies who are critically ill. "There have been pockets of the country where up to 25 percent of all NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] babies at any given time are being treated for withdrawal," said report co-author Dr. Mark Hudak, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. "The problem has percolated up and reached the attention of government and medical ... Read more

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