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Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 6 days ago 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 14 days ago 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 15 days ago 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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Multiple ER Visits Linked to Risk of Prescription-Drug Overdose Death

Posted 14 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – Frequent visits to emergency departments appear to be a predictor of death from a prescription drug overdose, a new study finds. People with four or more ER visits in the past year were 48 times more likely to die of prescription drug overdose compared to those who visited an ER once or not at all, researchers found. With three visits a year, the risk of overdose death from a prescription drug was 17 times greater. The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, was recently published online in the journal Annals of Epidemiology. "While 'doctor-shopping' – the practice of visiting multiple health care providers to obtain controlled substances – has been shown to be associated with prescription drug overdose in many studies, our investigation demonstrates that the frequency of emergency department visits in the past year is ... Read more

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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – The Senza spinal cord stimulation system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic back pain without the tingling sensation that characterizes more traditional pain-relieving methods. The implanted device uses high-frequency stimulation to avoid the tingling sensation known as "paresthesia," the agency said in a news release. Spinal pain could be characterized by conditions including failed back surgery syndrome, low back pain and leg pain. Before treatment with Senza begins, potential users are treated with a trial system for a week or two, the FDA said. Once a physician determines that the trial device has worked, patients have minimally invasive surgery to implant Senza in the upper buttocks or abdomen. The device includes a patient-operated remote control. Senza's safety and effectiveness were clinically evaluated in a study ... Read more

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ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – U.S. emergency room doctors are cautious when prescribing narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 27,000 patients seen at 19 emergency departments (EDs) across the United States during a single week in October 2012. Nearly 12 percent of the patients were prescribed narcotic painkillers. Narcotic painkillers include drugs such as Oxycontin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone). The average age of the patients was 41 and slightly more than half were women, the investigators found. Most of the prescriptions for the painkillers had a low number of pills and nearly all were immediate-release versions, not long-acting medications such as Oxycontin and MS-Contin, which carry a greater risk of overdose. "Our data show that opioid [narcotic painkiller] prescribing in the ED is done with ... Read more

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Heroin Use Surges Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – Heroin use rose among people who abuse prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin, a new study found. The most significant increase was a 75 percent jump in the number of white people using heroin in 2008 to 2011, researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health revealed. "The noteworthy increase in the annual rate of heroin abuse or dependence among . . . whites parallels the significant increase in nonmedical opioid [narcotic] use during the last decade and the growing number of heroin overdose deaths described for this race and ethnic group in recent years," study leader Dr. Silvia Martins said in a university news release. Martins is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Heroin use also spiked among Hispanics, according to the study. The study included ... Read more

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ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin is "a huge public health problem," study first author Dr. Gail D'Onofrio, chair of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., said in a university news release. Drug overdoses account for more deaths each day in the United States than car crashes, she and her colleagues noted. Although buprenorphine is also a narcotic, at low doses it enables people to discontinue painkiller misuse without experiencing withdrawal symptoms, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This helps them to engage in treatment. D'Onofrio's team set out to ... Read more

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'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a tamper-resistant form of OxyContin was introduced in 2010, prescriptions dropped 19 percent and the rate of overdoses dropped 20 percent across the United States. However, the rate of heroin overdose increased by 23 percent during the same period, the researchers added. "This is the first time in the last two decades that narcotic prescribing had dropped, rather than continued to increase," said lead researcher Dr. Marc Larochelle, an instructor at Boston University School of Medicine. And painkiller overdoses also decreased, he added. "Some were skeptical that simply decreasing supply would lead to a decrease in overdoses, but we did find that," Larochelle said. However, since ... Read more

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Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine and morphine. Nearly 30 percent of the Tennessee mothers-to-be in the new study used at least one of these drugs while pregnant, and the associated risks went up if they also smoked or took antidepressants. "I was surprised by the number of women prescribed opioid pain relievers in pregnancy," said lead author Dr. Stephen Patrick, a neonatologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. "I was also surprised by how commonly women smoked in pregnancy, and how much that increased the risk of neonatal abstinence ... Read more

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FDA Issues Final Guidance on the Evaluation and Labeling of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

April 1, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final guidance to assist industry in developing opioid drug products with potentially abuse-deterrent properties. Opioid drugs provide significant benefit for patients when used properly; however opioids also carry a risk of misuse, abuse and death. To combat opioid misuse and abuse, the FDA is encouraging manufacturers to develop abuse-deterrent drugs that work correctly when taken as prescribed, but, for example, may be formulated in such a way that deters misuse and abuse, including making it difficult to snort or inject the drug for a more intense high. While drugs with abuse-deterrent properties are not “abuse-proof,” the FDA sees this guidance as an important step toward balancing appropriate access to opioids for patients with pain with the importance of reducing opioid misuse and abuse. The document “Gu ... Read more

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