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Gender Differences Show in Risk of Narcotic Abuse

Posted 1 May 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 30 – Men and women have differnet reasons for abusing prescription painkillers, a new study shows. It included 662 non-cancer patients with chronic pain who took opioid painkillers, a group of narcotics that includes morphine, codeine, fentanyl and oxycodone. The researchers examined the rates and characteristics of opioid abuse among the patients, profiles of risk factors for potential abuse, and how strongly certain risk factors predict painkiller abuse. Men and women had similar rates of opioid abuse but there were gender differences in risk factors for such abuse, the study found. "Our analysis showed the drug misuse by women is motivated more by emotional issues and psychological distress while in men this behavior usually stems from problematic social and behavioral problems that lead to substance abuse," study author Robert N. Jamison, a clinical psychologist at ... Read more

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Smokers More Prone to Long-Term Prescription Painkiller Use

Posted 22 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 21 Smoking, as well as the medicinal use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, are independent predictors of longer-term opioid pain medication use among patients with chronic back pain caused by lumbar spine conditions, a new U.S. study finds. The study included over 2,100 patients recruited from 13 spine specialty centers in 11 states. Of those patients, 42 percent said they used opioids for their back pain and one-third said they take opioids every day. The researchers analyzed the medical, social and demographic characteristics of the participants and concluded that smoking and nonsurgical treatment independently predicted long-term opioid use, but pain severity did not. Smoking can be a marker for substance abuse disorders, the researchers noted. They said that, for some patients, the risks associated with long-term use of opioids to manage back pain may outweigh ... Read more

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Morphine May Help Tumors Spread in Cancer Patients

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18 – Two new studies add to growing evidence that morphine and other opiate-based painkillers may promote the growth and spread of cancer cells. The papers, scheduled to be presented Wednesday at an international cancer conference in Boston, also demonstrate how preventing opiates from reaching lung cancer cells reduces cancer cell proliferation, invasion and migration. The findings from tests with cell cultures and mice suggest that the mu opiate receptor – where morphine acts in the body – may offer a potential treatment target. "If confirmed clinically, this could change how we do surgical anesthesia for our cancer patients. It also suggests potential new applications for this novel class of drugs which should be explored," Patrick A. Singleton, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and principal author of both studies, said in a ... Read more

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