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FDA Approves Oxycontin (oxycodone) for Children as Young as 11

Posted 2 days 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – Limited use of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin in children as young as 11 years old was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Studies by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma "supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients," said Dr. Sharon Hertz, director of new anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products for the FDA, NBC News reported. OxyContin is a long-release version of oxycodone, which belongs to a family of powerful painkillers called opioids. These drugs are highly addictive and popular with addicts and drug dealers. This newly-approved use of OxyContin in young patients is likely to be highly controversial, according to NBC News. Opioids kill an average of 44 people a day in the U.S., according to the ... Read more

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Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Don't be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use. A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use. The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct drug screening of new patients. More than 1,200 dentists nationwide responded to the survey. The researchers found that dentists who believed it was their role to conduct such screenings were much more likely to do so than dentists who didn't think it was their responsibility. Why should dentists conduct these screenings? One reason is that illegal drug use can cause significant dental problems, such as tooth decay, accelerated tooth wear, gum disease and tooth loss, the researchers noted. Another reason is that dentists are the second-largest group of prescribers of powerful ... Read more

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FDA Approves Oxycontin for Children as Young as 11

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – Limited use of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin in children as young as 11 years old was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Studies by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma "supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients," said Dr. Sharon Hertz, director of new anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products for the FDA, NBC News reported. OxyContin is a long-release version of oxycodone, which belongs to a family of powerful painkillers called opioids. These drugs are highly addictive and popular with addicts and drug dealers. This newly-approved use of OxyContin in young patients is likely to be highly controversial, according to NBC News. Opioids kill an average of 44 people a day in the U.S., according to the ... Read more

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Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – New legislation designed to rein in prescription narcotic abuse in the state of Florida has prompted a small, but quick decrease in narcotic painkiller prescriptions, a new investigation reveals. About a year after the laws were enacted, Florida saw total prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers called opioids drop by 1.4 percent, the study found. Researchers also discovered a 2.5 percent decrease in the total of opioid volume that was dispensed. What's more, significant falloff was seen among patients and dispensaries that had been at the highest end of the prescribing spectrum, the study noted. "There are no magic bullets when it comes to the opioid epidemic," acknowledged study lead author Dr. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the John Hopkins Center of Drug Safety and Effectiveness in Baltimore. "The problem is huge. America is just 5 percent of the world's ... Read more

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Yeast's New Use: Making Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Scientists say they have genetically engineered baker's yeast to create powerful narcotic painkillers. The painkillers in question are called opioids, and include opiate-containing medicines such as morphine, Oxycontin and Vicodin, most commonly sourced from the opium poppy. But the new technology might bypass the poppy, leading to faster and possibly cheaper methods of creating many types of plant-based medicines, according to the Stanford University team. "This is only the beginning," said study senior author Christina Smolke, an associate professor of bioengineering. "The techniques we developed and demonstrate for opioid [narcotic] pain relievers can be adapted to produce many plant-derived compounds to fight cancers, infectious diseases and chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and arthritis." The finding does have a potential downside, however: ... Read more

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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse. "We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will help bring an end to this public health epidemic," AMA Board Chair-Elect Dr. Patrice Harris said in an AMA news release released Wednesday. The AMA notes that the abuse of powerful narcotic painkillers – drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin – has become a public health crisis in the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdoses and many more becoming addicted. In fact, a report released in December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fatal overdoses involving prescription ... Read more

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Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – For people with chronic back pain who also have depression or anxiety, narcotic painkillers may not be the best therapy for their pain, a new study finds. "A lot of patients have depression and anxiety on top of their back pain," said lead researcher Dr. Ajay Wasan, a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Pain can make depression and anxiety worse and depression and anxiety can make pain worse, Wasan said. "It's a two-way street." But, he added, people with depression or anxiety may get a lot less pain relief from narcotic painkillers and have a higher rate of misuse of their medications. Wasan said misuse includes taking too many pills and running out of medication early, doctor shopping – getting prescriptions for the same drug from several doctors – and using marijuana or cocaine along with narcotic ... Read more

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Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping'

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – Nearly half of all deaths resulting from an overdose of narcotic painkillers involved Medicaid recipients who used multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, a new study finds. "Pharmacy shopping," or the use of multiple pharmacies at the same time, is a way some patients obtain more medication than they need. Medicaid programs in many states track the number of pharmacies patients visit to prevent such abuse of painkillers, the study authors said. It's unclear, however, how many pharmacies must be visited or how much time should lapse between prescriptions to identify patients engaging in pharmacy shopping with the intent to misuse their medication. Some patients, the study authors pointed out, may legitimately use more than one pharmacy if they move, travel or make a change in their insurance coverage. To investigate this issue, researchers examined ... Read more

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Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – A new study looks at which patients prescribed a short course of narcotic painkillers may be most prone to long-term abuse. The study finds – perhaps not surprisingly – that people with prior histories of drug abuse, or current or former smokers, were much more likely to go beyond that short-term prescription. The drugs in question are "opioid" painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and methadone, among others. The study was led by Dr. W. Michael Hooten, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His team tracked outcomes for nearly 300 patients given a first-time, short-term prescription for one of this class of narcotic painkillers in 2009. The investigators found that nearly one in every four of the patients continued to take the medication for extended periods of time. Specifically, the study found that 21 ... Read more

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Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Doctors who are ill-informed about narcotic painkillers are unintentionally contributing to their misuse, new research suggests. Almost half of 1,000 primary care doctors surveyed in the United States mistakenly believed that abuse-deterrent pills – those that can't be crushed and snorted or injected – are less addictive than standard narcotic painkillers (opioids). "Physicians and patients may mistakenly view these medicines as safe in one form and dangerous in another, but these products are addictive no matter how you take them," wrote study leader Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "If doctors and patients fail to understand this, they may believe opioids are safer than is actually the case and prescribe them more readily than they should," he ... Read more

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'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) – a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says. Almost 27,000 drug-overdose reversals using Narcan kits were reported to U.S. health officials between 1996 and 2014, according to the report. "Overdoses are often witnessed by other drug users and family members of drug users," said lead researcher Eliza Wheeler, DOPE Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition in Oakland, Calif. That's why more than 600 organizations have programs in place to provide Narcan kits to friends and family of narcotic drug users. From 1996 through June 2014, these groups have provided Narcan kits to more than 150,000 people, according to the researchers. ... Read more

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Many Migraine Sufferers Given Narcotic Painkillers, Barbiturates

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Many people with migraines, including children, get ineffective and potentially addictive drugs for their pain, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that more than half of adults with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. A similar number had been given a barbiturate. This group of sedatives includes the drug butalbital, which is in certain combination medications for severe headaches. In the other study, 16 percent of children and teenagers with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller. The problem, experts said, is that narcotics and barbiturates are considered last-resort, "rescue" drugs for migraines that won't subside. Both drug classes are potentially addictive, can cause withdrawal symptoms, and may make migraines worse in the long run. "These findings are upsetting," said Dr. ... Read more

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Do Certain Medicines Raise Murder Risk?

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – While media attention has swirled around a purported link between antidepressants and violence, a new European study suggests the medications have only a weak association with homicide. But, the researchers found, there is somewhat stronger evidence that some people on prescription painkillers – like OxyContin, Vicodin and even migraine drugs – could have an increased likelihood of homicide. The same was true of prescription sedatives called benzodiazepines, which include drugs such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan. The findings, published June 1 in World Psychiatry, do not prove that painkillers or sedatives drive certain people to murder, experts stressed. But they should offer some reassurance on the safety of antidepressants in that regard, according to lead researcher Dr. Jari Tiihonen, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Media outlets have ... Read more

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More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – The number of infants born to American mothers addicted to prescription pain medications is rising, and so are the costs of treating those babies, researchers report. The new research supports recent recommendations to screen or test pregnant women for substance abuse, according to the study's authors. Done over three years at one U.S. hospital, the study included 40 painkiller-exposed newborns in the first year, 57 in the second year, and 63 in the third year. Researchers determined that 50 percent to 60 percent of the babies developed neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which includes withdrawal symptoms and complications. These infants remained in the hospital after birth for an average of 23 days. A healthy drug-free newborn usually only stays in the hospital for one or two days. The average stay for painkiller-exposed newborns without NAS was five days, the ... Read more

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Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo Isn't Always Recipe for Abuse

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, some use both to cope with chronic pain, the researchers said. "We expected that persons receiving both cannabis and prescription opioids would have greater levels of involvement with alcohol and other drugs," said study author Brian Perron of the University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor. "However, that wasn't the case – although persons who were receiving both medical cannabis and prescription opioids reported higher levels of pain, they showed very few differences in their use of alcohol and other drugs compared to those receiving medical cannabis only," he said. The study, published in the May issue of the ... Read more

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