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Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns. Naloxone is a drug given to people who overdose on prescription opioids and heroin. If administered in time, it can reverse the toxic and potentially deadly effects of "opioid intoxication." The research team called attention to skyrocketing prices for the lifesaving antidote, noting: Hospira (a Pfizer Inc. company) charges $142 for a 10-pack of naloxone – up 129 percent since 2012. Amphastar's 1 milligram version of naloxone is used off-label as a nasal spray. It's priced around $40 – a 95 percent increase since September 2014. Newer, easier-to-use formulations are even more expensive – a two-dose package of Evzio (naloxone) costs $4,500, an increase of more than 500 percent over two years. ... Read more

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Risk of Opioid Addiction Up 37 Percent Among Young U.S. Adults

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – Young adults in the United States are more likely to become addicted to prescription opioids than they were in years past. And they're more likely to use heroin, too, a new study says. A review of federal data found the odds of becoming dependent on opioids like Vicodin and Percocet increased 37 percent among 18- to 25-year-olds between 2002 and 2014. The study was conducted by researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. A grim picture emerged among slightly older adults, too: Risk of an opioid use disorder more than doubled among 26- to 34-year-olds, increasing from 11 percent to 24 percent, the study found. "Our analyses present the evidence to raise awareness and urgency to address these rising and problematic trends among young adults," said study first author Dr. Silvia Martins, an associate professor of ... Read more

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U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The DEA said it based its decision largely on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA previously concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," according to National Public Radio (NPR). "This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine, and it's not," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said in the NPR report. The request – initially proposed in 2011 – sought to have marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. Schedule I drugs are considered drugs "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for ... Read more

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Doctors Urged to Prescribe Lower Doses of Opioids, No Refills

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – Patients who are first-time users of pain-killing opioids should be prescribed a small dose without refills to reduce the risk of long-term use and possible addiction, a new study suggests. A surge in prescriptions for opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin over the past two decades dovetails with a steep rise in addiction and overdoses in the United States. The trend has prompted calls for more careful use of the narcotic painkillers. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 537,000 patients in Oregon who were prescribed opioids for the first time. The investigators found that 5 percent of those who received six or more refills within a year became long-term users. This trend was higher among rural patients (6 percent) than among urban patients (4 percent), the findings showed. And the risk of long-term use increased with age, according to the study published ... Read more

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Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Doctors aren't using one of the most effective weapons at their disposal in battling addiction to prescription painkillers – the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, a new study finds. A review of Medicare claims showed that U.S. physicians are woefully underprescribing Suboxone. The drug is the only therapy Medicare covers to treat opioid addiction. "For every 40 family practice physicians who prescribed an opioid painkiller, only one prescribed Suboxone," said lead author Dr. Anna Lembke. She's chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. "There's lots and lots of prescribing opioids for pain, but very little prescribing of this specific drug to treat opioid addiction," she added. There's an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States. In 2014, prescription drugs contributed to ... Read more

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Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Hydromorphone – an opioid painkiller – may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to commonly used treatments such as methadone or suboxone. This was the first study to assess the effectiveness of hydromorphone in treating heroin addiction, the researchers noted. The participants were randomly selected to receive injections of either hydromorphone or diacetylmorphine (pharmaceutical-grade prescription heroin). The injections were given in a clinic under the supervision of a health care professional. "Providing injectable opioids in specialized clinics under supervision ensures safety of both the patients and the community, and the provision of comprehensive care," lead investigator Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, from the University of ... Read more

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CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – Hoping to stem an epidemic of drug abuse tied to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, federal officials on Tuesday issued tough new prescribing guidelines to the nation's doctors. The new advisory, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stresses that doctors – especially primary care physicians – should try to avoid these addictive "opioid" painkillers whenever possible for patients with most forms of chronic pain. For example, this would include patients suffering from joint or back pain, dental pain (tooth extraction, for example), or other chronic pain treated in an outpatient setting. It would not include the use of narcotic painkillers for people dealing with cancer-related pain, or terminally ill patients in palliative care, the CDC said. "More than 40 Americans die each and every day from ... Read more

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Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – Injection drug users in rural and suburban areas have less access to needle exchange programs than those in cities do, even though addiction rates are rising in non-urban areas, a new study shows. Providing injection drug users with new, sterile needles and syringes in exchange for used ones reduces their risk of contracting or spreading infections such as HIV and hepatitis C, the researchers explained. Many needle exchange programs also provide naloxone, a medication that can reverse overdoses from heroin and narcotic painkillers. The researchers found that 69 percent of needle exchange programs in the United States were in cities, with only 20 percent in rural areas and 9 percent in suburban areas. The range of services provided by the programs in different locations also varied. For example, only 37 percent in rural areas offered naloxone, compared with 61 ... Read more

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