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New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths

Posted 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using it. Legalizing marijuana will reduce the number of adults overdosing on opioids. As it turns out, neither has proven to be true, according to new research. Since medical marijuana first became legal in California in ...

Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

Posted 1 day 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That's even true for people who've taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38 years, the researchers said. "For some people, long-term opioids are necessary, but ...

Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

Posted 1 day 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans – in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that appears safe and effective in animals. It also has a long enough shelf-life to be practical. ...

Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, CDC Says

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from U.S. health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning. In a news release issued Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, along with several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is "investigating a multistate ...

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

Posted 2 days 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction. It was launched in 2016 and is the only program of its kind in the United States, according to the ...

Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – A thin test strip – similar to a pregnancy test – can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl – one of strongest types of opioid painkillers – is often mixed into street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. That makes it hard for users to assess the potency of the drugs and raises the risk for overdose, ...

Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by about 60 percent. "The risk was increased even more for long-acting formulations, ...

Long-Term Opioid Use Down Among U.S. Vets: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working. Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the drop is decreases in long-term prescriptions, which carry greater risk for overdose and addiction, said the study's lead author, Katherine ...

Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. In addition, there have been 44 reported ...

Do NFL Players Face a Higher Risk of Early Death?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots playing in Sunday's Super Bowl may have already taken a hidden hit before setting foot on the field, a new study suggests. The new research says career NFL players have a slightly higher risk of early death than a group of replacement players who stood in for a few games during a short league strike in the 1980s. The ...

Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on Imodium

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal. So, on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it's putting new restrictions on the packaging of the medication, dubbed by some as "the poor man's methadone." "When higher than ...

How to Avoid Opioid Addiction After Surgery

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers – enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery. "Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50 opioids, and even those who are in ...

FDA, FTC Warn Companies for Selling Illegal, Unapproved Opioid Cessation Products Using Deceptive Claims

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

January 24, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission today posted joint warning letters to the marketers and distributors of 12 opioid cessation products, for illegally marketing unapproved products with claims about their ability to help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal. “The FDA is increasingly concerned with the proliferation of products ...

Opioid Epidemic Also Taking Toll on Babies

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – In yet another example of how far-reaching the fallout from America's opioid epidemic is, researchers report that babies exposed to these narcotics while in the womb run the risk of certain head and neck abnormalities. One is a twisting of the neck (torticollis) and the other is a flattening of the head (plagiocephaly), which often occurs in tandem with torticollis. In ...

Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report. The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use. Each additional week of ...

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