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If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Survivors of an opioid overdose may consider themselves lucky, but they remain at heightened risk of dying – not just from drugs, but from a host of medical problems or suicide, a new study finds. Compared with the general population, patients who lived through an opioid overdose were 130 times more likely to die of drug-use-related causes in the following year, the ...

When DEA Cracked Down on Opioids, Abusers Moved to Black Market: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – Illegal opioid sales on the internet have surged in the wake of U.S. government crackdowns on prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers, a new study shows. In 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified the opioid hydrocodone (Vicodin). The change made the drug harder to prescribe and banned automatic refills. Not surprisingly, the number of such ...

Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 – Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren't unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests. The study included nearly 2,500 patients with chronic pain who had been on high doses of opioids for at least six straight months. The researchers compared patient satisfaction scores between those ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, Stanford University researchers reported. That means almost ...

Opioids Behind 1 in 5 Deaths of Young U.S. Adults

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – Opioid overdoses are now to blame for one-fifth of deaths among young American adults, new research finds. The study is the latest to detail the toll of the national opioid epidemic. Researchers found that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States more than quadrupled. By 2016, one in 65 deaths nationwide was linked to an opioid ...

AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia. High blood ...

After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo (Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel) Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Posted 16 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A dual-drug approach after a "mini-stroke" might maximize a person's odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as "transient ischemic attacks" (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of having a more severe stroke during the next three months, explained a team ...

Hospitals Should, and Could, Avoid IV Opioids: Study

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – When it comes to pain management for hospital patients, opioid pills or injections are less dangerous and just as effective as giving the drug intravenously, a new study shows. The results "have the potential to be practice-changing," study author Dr. Adam Ackerman, clinical instructor in internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine, said in a university news release. The ...

Walmart Announces New Measures to Cut Opioid Abuse

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

Walmart Inc. says it will take more steps to reduce opioid medication abuse and misuse. Earlier this year, the company announced free opioid medication disposal in all its U.S. pharmacies. On Monday, the company said that within the next 60 days, Walmart and Sam's Club will restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions to no more than a seven-day supply, with up to a 50 morphine milligram ...

Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling with an ongoing opioid ...

Racial Divide Narrows in Opioid Prescribing in U.S.

Posted 5 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Black Americans are no longer less likely than whites to be prescribed opioid painkillers – but that means their risk of addiction to the narcotics has increased, researchers say. "To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of a potential narrowing of the divide in opioid prescribing by race and ethnicity," study lead author Matthew Davis said in a University of Michigan ...

Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides. The researchers describe suicide as a "silent contributor" to the nation's opioid overdose death rate. It's hard to know exactly how many Americans have intentionally overdosed on opioids in ...

Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Information about safe storage and disposal of opioid painkillers on the drugs' package inserts is inconsistent, and even missing from some products, researchers report. Incorrect storage or disposal of unused opioid painkillers is common and a major source of illegal opioid medication use, the new study found. The researchers examined 98 package inserts for six commonly ...

U.S. Opioid ODs Cluster in Centers of Poverty

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March, 26, 2018 – Poverty may be fueling America's opioid crisis, a new study suggests. Of the more than 515,000 Americans who have died from drug overdoses since 2006, most lived in poor areas where there were few job opportunities, researchers discovered. It turns out that economic and social conditions appear to be driving the geographic differences in overdose rates, with some parts ...

Millions Get Wrong Treatment for Back Pain: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report. Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education and urging patients to stay active and working. But inappropriate tests and ...

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