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Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rate Down, But Many Are Addicted: Study

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – The percentage of American adults who are abusing prescription narcotic painkillers has dipped slightly in the last decade, a new survey reveals. That's the good news. The bad news: Those who do abuse these powerful drugs are doing so more frequently and they are more likely to become addicted. "It is encouraging that the percentage of nonmedical use of opioids [narcotics] decreased," said study author Dr. Beth Han, a statistician with the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But at the same time, the mixed results "underscore the importance of treatment for substance use disorders," Han added. "Most adults with prescription opioid [narcotic] use disorders or other substance use disorders neither receive treatment nor perceive a need for treatment," said Han. Her team's report ... Read more

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Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who were randomly assigned to physical therapy or no treatment for the first month after their pain began. Physical therapy included back manipulation and exercise. Early physical therapy produced a modest improvement in the study participants' ability to function after three months, compared with no physical therapy. However, after a year, no significant difference in function was found between the two groups. And, the participants reported no improvement in pain after one month, three months or one year of therapy, the researchers said. "People with lower back pain tend to get better quickly, and the physical therapy helped them get there a little ... Read more

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Americans Concerned About Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Most Americans are concerned about the abuse of narcotic painkillers, despite widespread use of these legal medications, new research suggests. About one in four Americans reported taking a prescription painkiller – such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (Percocet, Oxycontin) – within the past year, the study said. Around 70 percent of Americans said they've been prescribed narcotic painkillers at some point in their life. And almost 20 percent admit they've taken painkillers prescribed for someone else, the study revealed. "This study shows that many Americans have had direct experience using prescription pain relievers and a sizable share have misused or abused these medications themselves, or have close friends or family members who have done so," study leader Colleen Barry, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Teens Abusing Alcohol, Prescription Meds: Survey

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – There's good news from a new U.S. government report: The percentage of people ages 12 to 17 who smoke, drink or abuse certain drugs is falling. The findings come from 2014 survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual government survey involves about 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older. According to the survey, the rate at which kids between 12 and 17 said they had drank alcohol over the prior month has fallen from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 11.5 percent by 2014. Illicit abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers – drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin – has also been a big concern over the past few years. However, the SAMHSA study found that while 3.2 percent of teens said they had abused the meds in 2002, the rate had fallen to 1.9 percent by 2014. Rates of smoking and other tobacco use ... Read more

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Kids' ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – Fewer children are winding up in emergency rooms for accidental poisonings involving commonly used medications, a new U.S. government study finds. "We think these declines are real," said lead researcher Maribeth Lovegrove, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of healthcare quality promotion. Between 2004 and 2013, approximately 640,000 children aged 5 and younger were seen in emergency rooms for ingesting drugs. Of these, 70 percent were 1- or 2-year-olds, and nearly one in five were hospitalized, according to the report. The number of pediatric emergency room visits rose during the early 2000s, peaking at approximately 76,000 in 2010, but declined to approximately 59,000 visits in 2013, Lovegrove said. While there has been a decline in emergency room visits, 59,000 visits a year for young children is still too many, Lovegrove ... Read more

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Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

Posted 17 Aug 2015 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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Health Tip: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Drinking alcohol may be unsafe for some people, because it can interact with some medications. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples: Aspirin and alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Antihistamines may make you very drowsy when combined with alcohol. Large amounts of the painkiller acetaminophen can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. Some laxatives and cough syrups already contain alcohol. Some antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, painkillers and sleeping pills may cause serious interactions when combined with alcohol. Read more

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