Poll finds strong support for providing treatment over criminalization of opioid abuse
2 hours ago
The 2017 Public Policy Poll: Public Safety, Substance Use and Mental Health—conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University—found ...
Steep rise in births to U.S. women using opioids
16 hours ago
(HealthDay)—Over a decade, there was a nearly fivefold increase in the number of babies born each year to American women who have used opioids, a federal government report says.
Key signaling protein associated with addiction controls the actions of oxycodone on pain
17 hours ago
RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as a positive modulator of oxycodone reward in both pain-free and chronic pain states, according ...
Opioids produce analgesia via immune cells
22 hours ago
Opioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid receptors in the brain, but ...
Researchers identify source of opioids' side effects
Jan 17, 2017
A commercially available drug may help drastically reduce two side effects of opioid painkillers—a growing tolerance and a paradoxical increased sensitivity to pain—without affecting the drugs' ability to reduce pain, ...
Study: Heroin resurgence an 'unintended consequence' of attempt to curb OxyContin abuse
Jan 13, 2017
In an attempt to stem abuse of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma spent a decade and several hundred million dollars developing a version of the painkiller that was more difficult to snort, smoke or inject. Since those "abuse-deterrent" ...
CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price
Jan 12, 2017
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to ...
Researcher says pharma industry's ability to deliver new drugs may be coming to an end
Jan 12, 2017
From reading and hearing news accounts, the general public has a vague impression that some things are amiss with the pharmaceutical industry—one word: Epipens. But few might consider it an industry in a state of collapse.
Research focuses on helping former prisoners avoid opioids
Jan 12, 2017
In recent years, much federal funding has been earmarked to help find solutions to the opioid use and overdose crisis in the nation's rural regions. The effort has included a focus on coal-impacted Appalachian states, including ...
Bronchial carcinoma: Added benefit of crizotinib not proven
Jan 11, 2017
Since August 2016 crizotinib (trade name: Xalkori) has also been available for adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in whom the structure of the enzyme "proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase" (ROS1) is ...