CDC launches opioid campaign in hard-hit states
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(HealthDay)—The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a campaign to reduce overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers.
Even open-label placebos work—if they are explained
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For some medical complaints, open-label placebos work just as well as deceptive ones. As psychologists from the University of Basel and Harvard Medical School report in the journal Pain, the accompanying rationale plays an ...
Opioid epidemic causing rise in hepatitis C infections and other serious illnesses
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Many Americans now know that, over the past decade, opioid addiction and deaths from opioid overdose in the U.S. have skyrocketed.
Patients who get opioids in the ER are less likely to use them long-term
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Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers ...
An ethical dilemma for doctors—when is it OK to prescribe opioids?
Sep 25, 2017
America's opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried.
Leaders highlight early education for drug misuse prevention
Sep 22, 2017
More than 100 children in New Hampshire's largest city have witnessed an adult overdose in their home since 2016. Now, a police program that officials hope will be replicated elsewhere is working to prevent kids from meeting ...
Emergency contraception not as accessible as it should be, says study
Sep 22, 2017
Efforts to remove barriers to accessing emergency contraception (EC) scored victories in 2013, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the levonogestrel drug Plan B. ...
NAM releases new special publication guide to help health clinicians counter the opioid epidemic
Sep 21, 2017
Halting the opioid epidemic requires aggressive action across multiple dimensions, including informed, active, and determined front-line leadership from health clinicians working in every setting throughout the nation, says ...
Naloxegol has no effect on opioid dose in opioid-tied constipation
Sep 21, 2017
(HealthDay)—For patients with noncancer pain and opioid-induced constipation (OIC), naloxegol has no clinically relevant effect on patient-reported pain levels or mean daily opioid dose, according to research published ...
FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments, other meds
Sep 20, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration has issued new warnings about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with antidepressants and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.