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FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride, which can stop or reverse the effects of a narcotic (also called opioid) drug overdose. Narcan is the first approved nasal spray version of the medication and offers an important new easy-to-use treatment option for family members and first responders dealing with a heroin or narcotic painkiller overdose, the FDA said. Narcotic painkillers include prescription pain drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (when combined with acetaminophen, it's called Vicodin or Percocet) and morphine. Narcan can also reverse the effects of heroin. Drug overdose deaths are currently the leading cause of injury death in the United States, the FDA said. ... Read more

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Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Posted 19 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed among teens and young adults in the United States, with rates tripling or quadrupling in one out of every three states, a new report says. Nationwide, the drug overdose death rate has more than doubled during the past decade among people aged 12 to 25 – rising from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999-2001 to 7.3 deaths in 2011-2013, according to the Trust for America's Health report. These deaths are largely due to the nation's epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and a subsequent rise in heroin use, said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a non-profit health advocacy group. "These twin epidemics have contributed to the recent tragic rise in overdose deaths," Levi said. The death toll from drug overdose is soaring in specific pockets of the nation. For instance, the rates have: More than ... Read more

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Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Two alternative therapies – acupuncture and the Alexander technique – appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating patients in ways to relieve stress, as well as improve posture and balance. These techniques appeared to help reduce neck pain in the 12 months following treatment compared with drugs and traditional physical therapy, the British researchers said. "In general, it is difficult to find long-term treatments that have a positive effect on chronic neck pain," said lead researcher Hugh MacPherson, of the department of health sciences at the University of York. "But, both acupuncture and the Alexander technique lessons did." With both techniques, patients learned methods they could use in their daily life, he said. "They could make changes in coping that didn't involve ... Read more

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Ex-NFL Star Helps Spread the Word on Risks Posed by Painkillers

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – During his 12 seasons as a fullback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-foot-1, 250-pound Mike Alstott was known as "The A-Train" – a punishing runner and blocker and fan favorite. From 1996 to 2007, Alstott racked up an impressive National Football League resume: 5,088 yards rushing; 71 touchdowns (the most in team history); six Pro Bowls; and a Super Bowl championship ring in 2002. But the awards and accolades came with a price that's very familiar to many Americans: debilitating aches and injuries and a whole lot of pain medication. "One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain," said Dr. Anita Gupta, associate professor of anesthesiology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. "It's a really staggering figure that's been rising year after year, so that today there are more people struggling with pain than with heart disease, ... Read more

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Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 – Addicts who have moved from narcotic painkillers to heroin are helping researchers understand this deadly tradeoff. Looking for clues driving concurrent painkiller and heroin abuse, researchers conducted online interviews with 267 addiction patients. This group was culled from more than 15,000 addicts entering drug treatment centers in 49 U.S. states. Nearly half of those interviewed said they were hooked on narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet before using heroin. All of these powerful drugs are opium derivatives. Three-quarters of the respondents said heroin's lower cost and greater availability led them to try it, researchers found. But heroin is even more dangerous than prescription painkillers, also known as opioid painkillers. "Not only is [heroin] more addictive, but one isn't sure how pure it is, so overdoses are quite common," ... Read more

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Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 – Teens who are given prescription narcotic painkillers may run a higher risk of abusing narcotics after high school, a new study suggests. Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those with little to no history of drug use and those who strongly disapproved of illegal drug use. "A prescription for a pain reliever can put adolescents at risk for future pain reliever misuse," said study author Richard Miech, a research professor at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. For the study, Miech and his colleagues used data that tracked more than 6,200 high school seniors until they were 23. At first glance, it seems counterintuitive that the increased risk was concentrated among teens who had little experience with illegal drugs, Miech ... Read more

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Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests. Researchers applied heat to the skin of 17 people with arthritis and nine people without the disease, and found that the more opiate receptors in the brain, the higher a person's ability to withstand pain. Opiate receptors are proteins in the brain that link up with narcotic painkillers and help reduce feelings of pain. PET scans also showed the arthritis patients had more opiate receptors, which seems to be an adaptive response to help them cope with their chronic pain, said Christopher Brown and colleagues at the University of Manchester in England. "As far as we are aware, this is the first time that these changes have been associated with increased resilience to pain and shown to be adaptive," Brown said in a university news release. The study doesn't prove, however, ... Read more

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Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Naproxen – a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription – appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. The study compared the use of prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn) alone to the use of naproxen with the narcotic painkiller oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet), or the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine (Amrix). Patients who took a combination of drugs fared no better than when they took naproxen alone, the researchers said. "Acute low back pain is a frustrating condition," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Friedman, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Many patients have already taken over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen (Aleve) ... Read more

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Doctors' Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Abuse: CDC

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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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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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