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Physical Therapy Can Help You Avoid Opioids When Joint Pain Strikes

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients, found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid. The researchers said the findings suggest that ...

Health Tip: Manage Pain With Opioids

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Pain is the number one reason for why people visit the doctor, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says. Opioids are often used to treat pain, but they are highly addictive. Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose, the agency says. The NIH offers these suggestions: Ask your doctor about opioid alternatives to relieve your pain. Make sure your health care ...

Workers' Comp Often a Gateway to Opioid Abuse: Study

Posted 29 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – Many injured workers turn to opioid painkillers for relief, and nearly 30 percent may still be taking them three months after their injury – increasing the odds of addiction, a new study suggests. "The increased likelihood of persistent opioid use among strain and sprain injuries is potentially concerning, particularly given the limited evidence to support opioid therapy ...

In Massachusetts, Almost 1 in 20 Adults and Older Kids Abuse Opioids

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – In another distressing snapshot of the opioid epidemic gripping America, a new study reports that nearly 5 percent of older children and adults in Massachusetts have an opioid use disorder. The study found that 4.6 percent of people over the age of 11, or more than 275,000 in the state, abuse opioids. That's nearly four times higher than previous estimates based on ...

Push-Button Pain Meds Curb Need for Opioids After C-Section: Study

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Letting women who've had a cesarean section dispense and control pain medication through a catheter reduces their use of addictive oral opioid painkillers, researchers report. Their study included 576 women who had planned C-sections. In such cases, it's common to inject a local anesthetic and a small dose of morphine into the spinal fluid. The morphine provides about 18 ...

Despite Opioid Crisis, Most Patients Want the Drugs for Post-Op Pain

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Despite a flood of news reports on the opioid crisis, many people still want the potentially addictive painkillers after surgery, a new survey suggests. The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids afterward. Most also thought opioids were the most effective treatment for post-surgery pain. But ...

Reports Warn of Growing Opioid Crisis Among Seniors

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – Against the backdrop of an unrelenting opioid crisis, two new government reports warn that America's seniors are succumbing to the pitfalls of prescription painkillers. Issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the reports reveal that millions of older Americans are now filling prescriptions for many different opioid medications at the same ...

'No Documented Reason' for 1 in 3 Outpatient Opioid Rxs: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid painkiller addiction. But now, research shows that in nearly a third of cases there's no medical reason documented for opioids prescribed in an outpatient setting. The findings show the need for stricter rules on recording patients' needs for the highly addictive drugs, the research team said. When medical records ...

Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they're given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Of those, 168 patients were prescribed opioids (such as OxyContin) ...

FDA takes action against 21 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of agency’s effort to target illegal online sales

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

August 28, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has warned four more online networks, operating a total of 21 websites, illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved, and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol. The warning letters issued by the FDA to each of the networks state that they must immediately stop illegally selling these ...

Government Rules Aimed at Curbing Opioid Prescriptions May Have Backfired

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – As the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic widened, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) placed the prescription painkillers in a tougher-to-refill category. Many states also mandated monitoring programs to spot overprescribing by doctors. But two new studies suggest these steps, while well-intentioned, may have led to more opioids – not fewer – being given to ...

Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

Posted 10 Aug 2018 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 Aug 2018 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 2 Aug 2018 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 31 Jul 2018 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 ...

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