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December 29, 2015
December 29, 2015
Almost all patients who overdose on prescription opioids continue to receive prescriptions for them, new research shows. The retrospective cohort...
Almost all patients who overdose on prescription opioids continue to receive prescriptions for them, new research shows. The retrospective cohort study involved more than 2,800 commercially insured patients aged 18–64 years who had a nonfatal opioid overdose during long-term opioid therapy for noncancer pain between 2000 and 2012.
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December 21, 2015
December 21, 2015
CDC reported on December 18 that opioid-related overdose deaths reached new levels last year. According to the report, natural or semi-synthetic...
CDC reported on December 18 that opioid-related overdose deaths reached new levels last year. According to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e1218a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e1218a1_w" target="_blank">report</a>, natural or semi-synthetic opioids, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, were involved in more fatal overdoses than any...
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December 10, 2015
December 10, 2015
While heroin use and overdoses are rising among younger Americans, more of the country's older adults are getting hooked on the very drugs meant to...
While heroin use and overdoses are rising among younger Americans, more of the country's older adults are getting hooked on the very drugs meant to help them: prescription opioids. The medicines often are taken by older patients being treated for arthritis, headache, fibromyalgia, or another medical problem.
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December 08, 2015
December 08, 2015
According to a study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, more than 75% of high school heroin users took prescription opioids before trying the more...
According to a study in <i>Drug and Alcohol Dependence</i>, more than 75% of high school heroin users took prescription opioids before trying the more addictive illicit drug.
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December 08, 2015
December 08, 2015
NIH's Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee will file a formal objection to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines being drafted by CDC....
NIH's Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee will file a formal objection to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines being drafted by CDC. Those guidelines would discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioid pain medications.
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December 01, 2015
November 24, 2015
Let’s begin in the unlikeliest of places. Even in small-town Iowa, prescription drug abuse is a very real problem, according to Matt Osterhaus,...
Challenges of Pain: Part 3
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November 01, 2015
October 28, 2015
Michael Jackson, BSPharm, knows “the tremendous, overwhelming pressure” that pharmacists are under these days. He’s the executive vice president and...
Challenges of Pain: Part 2
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October 21, 2015
October 21, 2015
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce new steps to help stem the flow of prescription opioid analgesics and ease the path to treatment...
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce new steps to help stem the flow of prescription opioid analgesics and ease the path to treatment for people fighting opioid addiction.
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October 15, 2015
October 15, 2015
A new measure from Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts seeks to prevent opioid abuse and overdoses by tightening opioid prescribing practices for...
A new measure from Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts seeks to prevent opioid abuse and overdoses by tightening opioid prescribing practices for physicians.
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October 02, 2015
October 02, 2015
In New Hampshire, the Attorney General's office has announced plans to investigate a number of area pharmaceutical companies after a preliminary...
In New Hampshire, the Attorney General's office has announced plans to investigate a number of area pharmaceutical companies after a preliminary review indicated that some companies may have minimized the risk of addiction from long-term use of opioids.
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