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Naltrexone Implant Helps HIV Patients With Opioid Dependence Prevent Relapse

Mar. 21, 2019 — A new study shows that a naltrexone implant placed under the skin was more effective at helping HIV-positive patients with an opioid addiction reduce relapse and have better HIV-related outcomes ... read more

Heroin Users Aware of Fentanyl, but at High Risk of Overdosing

Mar. 5, 2019 — Most heroin users in Baltimore, a city heavily affected by the opioid epidemic, recognize that the heroin they buy is now almost always laced with the highly dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, ... read more

Opioid Use in the Family May Influence Adolescents' Opioid Risk After Surgery

Feb. 27, 2019 — Having a family member with persistent opioid use may be a risk factor for young adults continuing prescriptions long after their own surgeries, a new study ... read more

Peer Support, Healing Hands May Curb Prescription Opioid Misuse

Feb. 20, 2019 — A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, ... read more

UK Sales of Xanax and Other Prescription Psychiatric Drugs Increasing Via the Darknet

Feb. 13, 2019 — Sales of prescription psychiatric drugs such as Xanax and diazepam via darknet online drug markets have increased in the UK at an alarming rate, according to new ... read more

Insurance Rules Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 12, 2019 — Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to ... read more

Opioid Injecting Linked to Substantial Rise in Bacterial Heart Infections

Jan. 28, 2019 — A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of the heart, possibly linked to increasing use of the opioid ... read more

Protocol Reduces Opioid Use in Spinal Surgery Patients

Jan. 25, 2019 — A novel 'Enhanced Recovery After Surgery' (ERAS) protocol for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. The new study showed that when an ... read more

Firsthand Accounts Indicate Fentanyl Test Strips Are Effective in Reducing Overdose Risk

Jan. 19, 2019 — Young adults who use drugs find fentanyl test strips useful, residue testing more convenient and testing at home more private, a Brown study ... read more

Physician-Targeted Marketing Is Associated With Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths, Study Shows

Jan. 19, 2019 — New research shows that increased marketing of opioid products to physicians -- from consulting fees to free meals -- is associated with higher opioid prescribing rates and elevated overdose deaths ... read more

Pain and Substance Abuse Interact in a Vicious Cycle

Jan. 14, 2019 — Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to new ... read more

First Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Its Precursors

Jan. 9, 2019 — Researchers have developed a cellphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone's breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has ... read more

Opioids Fueled a Doubling of Suicides and Overdoses in the US

Jan. 7, 2019 — Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a key contributor to that rise, according to a new review and analysis. ... read more

After Naloxone, When Can Opioid Overdose Patients Be Safely Discharged?

Dec. 28, 2018 — Naloxone has saved thousands of lives. But can patients be safely discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) just an hour after they receive the medication that curtails drug overdoses? A new ... read more

Early Postpartum Opioids Linked With Persistent Usage

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications ... read more

Early Physical Therapy Can Reduce Risk, Amount of Long-Term Opioid Use, Study Finds

Dec. 14, 2018 — Patients who underwent physical therapy soon after being diagnosed with pain in the shoulder, neck, low back or knee were approximately 7 to 16 percent less likely to use opioids in the subsequent ... read more

Researchers Developing Nonopioid Drug for Chronic Pain

Dec. 12, 2018 — Researchers are developing a drug -- now in its earliest stages -- that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of ... read more

Activating Parts of the Brain Could Help Alleviate Opioid-Related Social Isolation

Dec. 10, 2018 — One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and friends, making it difficult for loved ones to help ... read more

Study Examines Effects of Different Opioids on Driving Performance

Dec. 5, 2018 — A new study finds that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine -- two different opioids -- on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold of a blood ... read more

An Opioid Epidemic May Be Looming in Mexico -- And the US May Be Partly Responsible

Nov. 29, 2018 — Though opioid use in Mexico has been low, national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the ... read more

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