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FDA Medwatch Alert: Opioid Pain Relievers or Medicines to Treat Opioid Use Disorder - FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discuss Naloxone with All Patients when Prescribing

ISSUE: FDA is requiring drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information....

Physicians Report Low Interest in Opioid Use Disorder Meds

TUESDAY, April 21, 2020 – Few primary care physicians report interest in treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD), according to a research letter published online April 21 in the Annals of...

What's the Best Way to Administer the Opioid OD Antidote?

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 – In the midst of a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, knowing how to quickly administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone could save a life. Now, research finds that delivering...

When Pharmacists Allowed to Give Anti-Opioid Med Without Rx, Access Soars

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 – Allowing pharmacists to provide the opioid overdose drug naloxone without a prescription led to a huge increase in dispensing of the lifesaving drug in Ohio. Ohio state...

Could You Save a Life From Opioid Overdose?

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 – As the United States grapples with an opioid abuse crisis, Americans are being urged to learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses from these and other drugs. A populace...

Opioid Addiction Medicine Buprenorphine Under-Used in Younger People, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 – Treatment with the opioid addiction drug buprenorphine is on the rise among most age groups in the United States, but falling among 15- to 24-year-olds, a new study finds....

Just 2% of Patients Who Need It Get Anti-Opioid Drug Naloxone

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 – Naloxone can prevent opioid overdose deaths, but only a tiny percentage of Americans at risk are prescribed the lifesaving drug. That's the key finding from an analysis of...

Few Teens Who Survive Opioid OD Get Recommended Care

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 – Even after surviving an opioid overdose, few U.S. teenagers receive the recommended treatment for their addiction, a new study shows. Researchers found that of nearly 3,800...

One Big Roadblock to Opioid Addiction Treatment

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 – The crisis of opioid abuse continues in the United States. However, a new study finds there still aren't enough doctors authorized to prescribe the leading drug treatment for...

Anti-Addiction Meds Can Help Teen Opioid Abusers, Too

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 – The epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse ravaging the United States is also affecting teenagers. Now, research confirms that anti-addiction medications that help adult...

Drugstores Often Don't Have Opioid Antidote Naloxone in Stock, Philly Study Shows

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 – Even though the drug naloxone can be a lifesaving antidote to an opioid overdose, researchers in Philadelphia report that only a third of drugstores in that city carried it....

'Secret Shopper' Study Finds Many Who Need Addiction Treatment Can't Get It

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 – When people who are addicted to opioids make the difficult decision to quit, the last thing they need to face are barriers to treatment. Yet, a new "secret shopper" study...

Health Tip: Naloxone Fast Facts

-- Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is a medication that treats opioid overdose. Naloxone can restore normal respiration for people who have stopped breathing, says the U.S. National...

Dispensing Opioid Antidote Naloxone Without a Prescription Might Save Lives

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 – Opioid overdose deaths would decline dramatically if U.S. pharmacists could dispense the antidote naloxone without a doctor's prescription, a new study says. In states that...

U.S. Teen Opioid Deaths Soaring

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 – The number of American children and teens who have lost their lives to opioids has nearly tripled since 1999, a new report shows. Based on data gathered by the U.S. Centers...

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