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Levels of Anxiety, Addiction, Suicidal Thoughts Are Soaring in the Pandemic

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 – The pandemic is taking a big toll on Americans' psyches: A new government report found that about 41% of adults surveyed in late June "reported an adverse mental or...

GI Surgical Outcomes Worse With Preop Use of Opioids, Sedatives

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 – Preoperative opioid and sedative use are risk factors for morbidity and mortality following colorectal resections, according to a study published in the July issue of...

Persistent Opioid Use Seen in ~10 Percent of Patients After Cardiac Surgery

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 – Persistent opioid use is a common concern after cardiac surgery, according to a study published online June 17 in JAMA Cardiology. Chase R. Brown, M.D., from the University...

Many Deaths Labeled 'Cardiac Arrest' Could Be Drug ODs: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 – Americans have long known that there's an epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths in the United States. But a new report suggests the true extent of these tragedies has been...

Spine Surgery Patients Prescribed the Most Postoperative Narcotics

MONDAY, July 27, 2020 – Spine surgery patients are prescribed the most narcotics in the three months following surgery, and patient-reported pain at hospital discharge is associated with increased...

Some With Opioid Use Disorder Rejected From Post-Acute Care

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2020 – Individuals hospitalized with opioid use disorder (OUD) frequently experience explicit discrimination when being rejected from post-acute care, according to a study...

Overdose Deaths Down at Supervised Drug Consumption Sites

TUESDAY, July 14, 2020 – At unsanctioned safe drug consumption sites, where participants are allowed to inject illicit drugs under the supervision of trained personnel, overdoses are less likely to...

5 Years, No Fatal ODs: Study Finds 'Safe Injection Sites' Can Save Lives

THURSDAY, July 9, 2020 – Safe injection sites for users of illicit drugs such as heroin: They've been tried and legalized in countries such as Canada and the Netherlands, and a new study suggests...

Pandemic Is Changing Addiction Care, for Better and Worse

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up America's approach to addiction treatment, but the fallout hasn't been all bad, experts say. In-person support meetings either aren't...

1 in 10 Americans Uses a Prescription Painkiller: CDC

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2020 – Americans continue to look to the medicine cabinet for pain relief, with 1 in 10 using some type of prescription painkiller, a new U.S. government report says. But use of...

Avoiding Pain and Addiction After Sports-Injury Surgery

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2020 – With opioid addiction soaring in the United States, it should come as good news that an opioid painkiller may not be needed after a sports-injury repair. A mix of...

Filling Opioid Rx Postpartum Ups Serious Opioid-Related Events

TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 – Filling an opioid prescription in the postpartum period is associated with an increased risk for serious opioid-related events (SOREs), with the risk increasing with the...

Older Gays, Lesbians at Higher Odds for Drug, Alcohol Abuse: Study

MONDAY, June 8, 2020 – Alcohol and drug use is more common among older adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than among their straight counterparts, a new study finds. For the study, New...

Are Painkillers After Childbirth a Prescription for Addiction?

MONDAY, June 8, 2020 – Many women are prescribed opioid painkillers after giving birth, and it may in some cases lead to addiction and overdose, a new study finds. Looking at data on more than...

Large U.S. Pharmacy Chains Played Role in Opioid Crisis, Lawsuit Claims

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 – Large pharmacy chains, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Giant Eagle, and those operated by Walmart, played a role in the U.S. opioid epidemic, alleges a lawsuit filed in...

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