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New Guidelines Issued for Cancer Patients' Post-Treatment Pain

Posted 1 day 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – More people are surviving cancer, but many are left with persistent pain after treatment. New guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend that doctors routinely screen for such pain. The guidelines also advise doctors to consider the use of non-traditional treatments for pain. These include hypnosis, meditation and medical marijuana where it's legal. ASCO also cautioned doctors to assess patients' risk for overuse of opioid painkillers. "Many oncologists and primary care physicians are not trained to recognize or treat long-term pain associated with cancer," guideline panel co-chair Judith Paice said in an ASCO news release. "This guideline will help clinicians identify pain early and develop comprehensive treatment plans, using a broad range of approaches," she said. Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have led to a record ... Read more

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Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests. "In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective ... approaches to managing common painful medical conditions," said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study included results from a survey on alcohol and drug use. More than 34,000 Americans completed the survey. The researchers found that people with moderate to severe pain had a 41 percent higher risk of opioid addiction than those with no pain. That increased risk was independent of other factors such as age, gender, anxiety and mood disorders, and family history of drug, alcohol, and behavioral problems, the study ... Read more

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Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Almost 10 percent of fatal adult drug overdoses may involve recently released prison inmates, a new Canadian study suggests. "This is the first Canadian study to examine overdose mortality rates by matching incarceration records with coroner reports after release," said study author Dr. Nav Persaud. He is a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "We were surprised at how high the fatal overdose rate was among those who were recently released from provincial custody – almost 12 times higher than the general population," Persaud added. Not only did one in 10 overdose deaths involve a recently released inmate, but the risk for a fatal overdose among inmates was found to be highest immediately following release, the study found. "Previous research has speculated that the higher risk for overdose immediately ... Read more

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Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – After knee surgery and other common operations, patients have an elevated risk of growing dependent on opioid painkillers, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vycodin, Lortab), oxycodone (OxyContin) and fentanyl, the narcotic implicated in the April 21 death of rock legend Prince. "For a lot of surgeries there is a higher chance of getting hooked on painkillers," said study author Dr. Eric Sun, an instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, Calif. But Sun cautioned that the finding isn't a reason to avoid surgery. "The message isn't that you shouldn't have surgery," said Sun. "Rather, there are things that anesthesiologists can do to reduce the risk by finding other ways of controlling the pain and using replacements for opioids when possible." For the study, the researchers examined medical claims of ... Read more

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Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphine is a major public health problem in the United States. An estimated 52 million Americans have abused a prescription drug at some point in their life, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. "We have resources to help tackle the opioid epidemic, but we're underusing them," said researcher Stephanie Nichols, who's with the Husson University School of Pharmacy, in Bangor, Maine. For instance, many states have created prescription drug monitoring programs, which help identify possible cases of prescription drug misuse and help patients get addiction treatment if needed. But one study found that even though Maine has had a ... Read more

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Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their painkiller use. "The study should encourage primary-care providers to prescribe naloxone to their patients on chronic opioid therapy," said Dr. Alexander Walley. He's an addiction specialist and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He was not involved in the study. According to a federal report released earlier this month, an estimated 2 million people in the United States were addicted to prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin in ... Read more

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Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – More bad news from the U.S. drug wars: Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by American adults more than doubled from the early 2000s to 2013, a new government study says. Rates of addiction to powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin also swelled during that time, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). "The increasing misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers poses a myriad of serious public health consequences," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, which contributed funding for the study. These consequences range from addiction and overdose deaths to use of heroin, an illicit opioid, she said. Survey results indicated more than 4 percent of adults reported nonmedical use of addictive opioids in 2012-2013. This means they took the drug without a prescription or ... Read more

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Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

Posted 23 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 – Drug monitoring programs appear to help reduce deaths from prescription painkillers called opioids, a new study finds. In an effort to curb overdose deaths from powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, all states except Missouri have implemented prescription-drug monitoring programs to track high-risk patients and prescription providers. But there have been conflicting findings about the effectiveness of these programs. For instance, a study published June 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine found no change in opioid use or overdoses among disabled workers on Medicare between 2006 and 2012, despite tighter regulations. But the current study – based on data from 1999 to 2013 – found that monitoring programs were associated with the prevention of about one opioid painkiller overdose death every two hours nationwide. "Today, opioid overdose ... Read more

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Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

Posted 23 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But even with these new prescription-drug monitoring programs and other regulations, researchers found that 45 percent of disabled Medicare beneficiaries were still using opioids in 2012. And 8 percent got their opioids from four or more doctors. "There is no evidence yet that these laws prevent misuse of prescription opioids," said lead researcher Ellen Meara, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, N.H. "In this vulnerable population of disabled workers, legal remedies to the opioid epidemic are too weak and too slow," she added. Disabled workers are ... Read more

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Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – As the United States continues to grapple with the painkiller addiction epidemic, a new study reports that fewer injured workers are getting prescriptions for opioids in most of the 25 states included in the research. The study included information from 337,000 workers' compensation claims in the study states. The researchers also reviewed nearly 1.9 million prescriptions linked to those claims. The information came two 24-month time periods, ending in March 2012 and in March 2014. The amount of opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, received by injured workers dropped during both time periods in the majority of the states in the study. Significant reductions – between 20 percent and 31 percent – were seen in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas, the study found. Opioid use was most common among workers who were ... Read more

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Patients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share Them

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – More than half the patients prescribed opioid painkillers in a recent U.S. study received more than they needed. And many shared the drugs or failed to store them securely, a new survey indicates. The study of more than 1,000 adults prescribed painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin shows how some Americans gain illicit access to addictive pain medications. These patterns are contributing to the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and overdose deaths, the researchers said. More than one in five patients admitted "they have shared an opioid medication with another person, primarily to help that other person manage pain," said study lead author Alene Kennedy-Hendricks. She is an assistant scientist in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore. Moreover, more than 60 percent of ... Read more

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Many Take Opioids Months After Hip, Knee Replacements

Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 – A significant number of patients continue to take powerful prescription opioid painkillers many months after joint replacement surgery, a new study shows. The findings are important because joint replacement surgery is increasingly common and there are sharply rising rates of opioid overdoses in the United States. Common prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. In fact, an autopsy report released Thursday showed that music legend Prince died in April after taking fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller. The artist was said to have suffered from severe hip pain after years of performing intense acrobatics during his shows. For the new study, researchers looked at 574 patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. About 30 percent of the patients were taking potentially addictive opioid painkillers before ... Read more

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Reports: Prince Died From Prescription Painkillers

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – Music superstar Prince's April 21 death was caused by an overdose of prescription painkillers, according to published reports. Both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Associated Press, citing unnamed sources, reported Thursday that opioid painkillers caused the 57-year-old entertainer's death. Prince's body was found at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis. The medical examiner plans to release the results of Prince's autopsy on Friday, the AP reported, citing an anonymous source. While Thursday's reports shine a light on the particular experience of one exceptional individual, the broad outlines of Prince's story are by no means unique. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription opioid misuse and addiction a full-blown "epidemic." The drugs are typically prescribed for a variety of painful conditions, including ... Read more

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Florida's Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – The top prescribers of opioid painkillers in Florida wrote far fewer prescriptions for those drugs the year after the state implemented tough new drug policies, a new study reveals. Two policies aimed at reducing the number of prescriptions for the potentially addictive opioids, such as Oxycontin, took effect in late 2011. One was the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), a database that tracks individual prescriptions, including patient names, dates and amounts prescribed. This enables doctors to watch for people with multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors, which is associated with addiction and illicit use. The second measure was the so-called "pill mill" law that requires pain clinics to register with the state and to be owned by a doctor. Pill mills are pain clinics that prescribe disproportionately high levels of opioid prescriptions. One year ... Read more

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Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication prescribed for children is frequently greater than the amount used, and too few parents recall clear direction from their provider about what to do with leftover medication," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. "This is a missed opportunity to prevent prescription drug misuse among children," Clark added in a statement from the University of Michigan Health System. "Many parents simply keep extra pain pills in their home. Those leftover pills represent easy access to narcotics for teens and their friends." According to the poll results, about a third of parents said their kids had ... Read more

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