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Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows. In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the hospital with opioid use disorder, up from 1.5 per 1,000 in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found. This increase is ...

Doctors Write Fewer Opioid Scripts After Learning of Overdose Death

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Doctors prescribed fewer opioid pain medications after receiving letters from a medical examiner informing them of a patient's fatal overdose, a new study says. Many people who die of opioid overdoses got addicted to the drugs after they were prescribed for common problems. This study included 861 doctors in San Diego County who prescribed opioids to 170 patients who ...

As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven't declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use and doses leveled off. But doses were still higher in 2017 than in 2007, and opioid use was particularly high among older patients suffering chronic ...

Most Seniors Uninformed on Opioid Use

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – A new survey suggests health care professionals are giving short shrift to their older patients when it comes to explaining the risks of opioid painkillers. Researchers found that most older Americans who are prescribed opioids aren't advised about the dangers of the drugs, how to use fewer of them, when to use non-opioid alternatives, or what to do with leftover ...

Sprained Ankle? Opioid Rx More Likely in Some States Than Others

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – If you wind up in the emergency room with a minor injury, the likelihood you will be prescribed unnecessary opioids may depend on where the hospital is located, new research suggests. For example, such prescriptions were much less likely to be offered in hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota, while they were much more likely to be ...

Opioids Before Joint Replacement Tied to Worse Recovery

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Prolonged use of opioid painkillers before total knee or hip replacement may greatly increase a patient's risk of repeat surgery and hospitalization, a new study says. Opioid use should be considered yet another risk factor for surgeons and patients to consider before elective joint replacement, wrote lead researcher Dr. Hue Luu and his colleagues from the University ...

Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West. Focusing on prescribing rates for opioids like Oxycontin in congressional districts could help improve efforts to fight the nation's opioid addiction crisis, ...

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did not have a severe condition requiring powerful painkillers, the researchers ...

Death Certificate Data May Miss Many Opioid ODs: Study

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – The actual number of opioid overdose deaths in several U.S. states is likely far higher than death certificates suggest, a new study says. Incomplete reporting of overdose deaths can hamper efforts to fight the nation's opioid epidemic, according to the University of Pittsburgh researchers. They said that as many as 70,000 opioid overdose deaths were not included in ...

Risky Prescribing Boosts Opioid Death Risk

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – When opioid pain medications, such as OxyContin, are prescribed in a risky manner, that increases a patient's chances of death. That's the conclusion of a new study by RAND Corporation researchers who analyzed prescribing data in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015, and found that half of adults received at least one opioid prescription during that time. In addition, at least ...

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

Posted 20 Jun 2018 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 16 Jun 2018 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 8 Jun 2018 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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