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Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication prescribed for children is frequently greater than the amount used, and too few parents recall clear direction from their provider about what to do with leftover medication," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. "This is a missed opportunity to prevent prescription drug misuse among children," Clark added in a statement from the University of Michigan Health System. "Many parents simply keep extra pain pills in their home. Those leftover pills represent easy access to narcotics for teens and their friends." According to the poll results, about a third of parents said their kids had ... Read more

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Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds. Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country's biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing prescription drugs said they were doing so to treat pain. "While the association between chronic pain and drug addiction has been observed in prior studies, this study goes one step further to quantify how many of these patients are using these substances specifically to treat chronic pain," said study corresponding author Dr. Daniel Alford. "It also measures the prevalence of chronic pain in patients who screen positive for illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse," Alford said in a Boston University news release. He is director of the Safe and Competent ... Read more

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What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occurs, doctors could start getting answers to the questions they regularly receive from patients regarding marijuana's clinical benefits. "I am asked as a practicing doctor even in a rural area about medical marijuana use, and I want to make sure I can give patients advice that's evidence-based," said Dr. Robert Wergin, board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "We need those kinds of studies to help us give informed advice to our patients who ask about it ... Read more

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Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium – with its key ingredient, loperamide – is a growing problem in the United States, according to the researchers. "People looking for either self-treatment of [opioid] withdrawal symptoms or euphoria are overdosing on loperamide with sometimes deadly consequences," said study author William Eggleston. "Loperamide is safe in therapeutic doses but extremely dangerous in high doses," Eggleston said in a news release from the Annals of Emergency Medicine. His team published its findings – case reports involving two patients – in the April 29 online edition of the journal. The two individuals each took massive doses of loperamide. Both overdosed and even though they received ... Read more

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Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – While doing your spring cleaning, don't just toss out expired or unused prescription medications. Unwanted drugs need to be properly disposed of to reduce the risk of abuse or accidental use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Follow disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that came with the medicine. Don't put medicines down the sink or flush them down the toilet unless this information specifically says to do so. Call local law enforcement agencies to find out if your community has a medication take-back program or event. Or, ask your local trash or recycling services about medication disposal services and guidelines, the FDA suggests. Another option is to deliver unused medicines to collectors registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These authorized sites may be retail, clinic or hospital pharmacies, and ... Read more

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Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Certain factors can help health care professionals predict who might relapse during treatment for prescription opioid painkiller addiction, Canadian researchers report. Opioid abuse is a serious problem in Canada and the United States, the researchers said. Methadone treatment is the most common therapy. But, nearly half of patients continue to abuse opioids during or after methadone treatment, researchers noted. Opioid painkillers include such drugs as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. "We can improve our tailoring of treatment to each patient if we know who among patients taking methadone treatment is at high risk for opioid relapse," said principal author Dr. Zena Samaan. Samaan is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "As well, health care providers can target more aggressive therapies ... Read more

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Anti-Addiction Drug May Help Curb Painkiller, Heroin Dependence

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – The newer anti-addiction drug naltrexone may become an important weapon in the country's escalating addiction to opioid painkillers and heroin, a new study suggests. Researchers found that monthly injections of extended-release naltrexone – which blocks the euphoric effects of opioids – resulted in a significantly lower relapse rate among treated addicts compared to a similar group that didn't receive the drug. Additionally, during the six-month study there were no overdoses in the naltrexone group compared to five in the other group. Opioids – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, as well as the street drug heroin – killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, a record high, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We thought this was a good approach to relapse prevention . . . but I was ... Read more

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Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – The Obama administration announced Tuesday additional measures in its $1.1 billion funding request to expand medication-based treatment for Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. President Barack Obama is scheduled to propose the measures at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The White House said the increased initiative could offer hope to tens of thousands of Americans addicted to prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. "The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration, and today's actions represent further steps to expand access to treatment, prevent overdose deaths and increase community prevention strategies," the White House said in a statement. Most of the funding requested from Congress would enable ... Read more

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Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that limit by a lot: Nearly one-quarter gave out month-long dosages, despite the fact that research has shown that a month's use of prescription narcotic painkillers can cause brain changes, the National Safety Council survey found. "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people," Dr. Donald Teater, a medical advisor at the safety council, said in a news release. "Doctors are well-intentioned and want to help their patients, but these findings are further proof that we need more education and training if we want to treat pain most effectively." The problem has reached the point where these highly addictive painkillers, which include commonly ... Read more

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FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make them harder to abuse. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they were encouraging the generic drug industry to develop pain medicines with "abuse-deterrent properties." For instance, this would make it harder to crush a tablet to snort the contents or dissolve a capsule to inject its ingredients. "By issuing the draft guidance, the FDA is helping to ensure that generic abuse-deterrent opioids are no less abuse deterrent than their brand-name counterparts," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said during a morning press briefing. "We hope that the availability of less costly generic products with abuse-deterrent properties has the ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Opioid Pain Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - New Safety Warnings Added to Prescription Opioid Medications

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning about several safety issues with the entire class of opioid pain medicines. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for a complete listing. These safety risks are potentially harmful interactions with numerous other medications, problems with the adrenal glands, and decreased sex hormone levels. We are requiring changes to the labels of all opioid drugs to warn about these risks. Opioids can interact with antidepressants and migraine medicines to cause a serious central nervous system reaction called serotonin syndrome, in which high levels of the chemical serotonin build up in the brain and cause toxicity (see List of Serotonergic Medicines in the FDA Drug Safety Communication). Cases of serotonin syndrome in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database were reported more frequently with the opioids fentanyl and methadone used at the recommended doses. T ... Read more

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FDA announces enhanced warnings for immediate-release opioid pain medications related to risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

March 22, 2016 – In a continuing effort to educate prescribers and patients about the potential risks related to opioid use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced required class-wide safety labeling changes for immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications. Among the changes, the FDA is requiring a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death. Today’s actions are among a number of steps the agency recently outlined in a plan to reassess its approach to opioid medications. The plan is focused on policies aimed at reversing the epidemic, while still providing patients in pain access to effective relief. The FDA is also requiring several additional safety labeling changes across all prescription opioid products to include additional information on the risk of these medications. This is part of the agency’s overall effort to hel ... Read more

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FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced tough new guidelines to doctors for "opioid" drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. "We are at a time when the unfathomable tragedies resulting from addiction, overdose and death has become one of the most urgent, devastating public health crises facing our country," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told reporters at a Tuesday news briefing. He said the agency is working with other agencies, drug makers, doctors and patients "to prevent abuse, save lives and treat dependence while still providing patients in pain access to effective ... Read more

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CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – Hoping to stem an epidemic of drug abuse tied to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, federal officials on Tuesday issued tough new prescribing guidelines to the nation's doctors. The new advisory, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stresses that doctors – especially primary care physicians – should try to avoid these addictive "opioid" painkillers whenever possible for patients with most forms of chronic pain. For example, this would include patients suffering from joint or back pain, dental pain (tooth extraction, for example), or other chronic pain treated in an outpatient setting. It would not include the use of narcotic painkillers for people dealing with cancer-related pain, or terminally ill patients in palliative care, the CDC said. "More than 40 Americans die each and every day from ... Read more

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Pennsylvania Study Shows Fatal Drug ODs Soaring

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 – The rate at which Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to drug overdoses jumped 14-fold between 1979 and 2014, a new study finds. The finding mirrors a national trend: A report issued in December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found drug overdoses have reached record highs across the United States. Many of those deaths are linked to the abuse of heroin or prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin, according to the CDC. The University of Pittsburgh researchers behind the new study say their state now ranks among the top 20 states for drug overdose deaths. "Our latest analysis reveals that drug overdoses are the biggest problem facing our nation in terms of years of life lost – more than car crashes, or cancer or HIV – and we as a society need to work together to solve it," study co-author Dr. Donald Burke, ... Read more

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