Opioids

Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions for Children Often Filled

Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions for Children Often Filled

Children often fill outpatient opioid prescriptions, with the most common indication for dental procedures.

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

A novel, innovative initiative is being developed to help end addiction over the long term.

Meds for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in OD Survivors

Meds for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in OD Survivors

Use of medications for opioid use disorder is associated with a reduction in all-cause and opioid-related mortality after opioid overdose.

Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

The US Drug Enforcement Administration's 2014 ruling to reschedule hydrocodone combination products coincided with an increase in illicit trading of opioids through online illicit markets.

FDA Warns Websites Marketing Unapproved Opioids

FDA Warns Websites Marketing Unapproved Opioids

Nine online networks have been warned that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, and misbranded versions of opioid medications.

FDA: Opioid Antidote Naloxone Recalled

FDA: Opioid Antidote Naloxone Recalled

A recall of the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone was announced Monday.

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

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A NDA has been submitted for NKTR-181, an opioid analgesic molecule designed to provide pain relief with fewer CNS-mediated side effects.

Study IDs Unintended Consequence of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Study IDs Unintended Consequence of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

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Evidence on whether the implementation of prescription drug monitory programs increases or decreases opioid-related overdoses was found to be "largely insufficient".

Suicidal Behavior Increased With Opioids, Psychotropic Medication Misuse in Epilepsy

Suicidal Behavior Increased With Opioids, Psychotropic Medication Misuse in Epilepsy

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Investigators conducted a population-based study to assess risk and cause of unnatural mortality in individuals with epilepsy.

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

Higher education, illicit drug use, depression, and pain interference with normal work are significantly associated with opioid misuse.

Fentanyl Use Associated With Amnesia: Case Report

Fentanyl Use Associated With Amnesia: Case Report

Another case of unusual amnestic syndrome that includes bilateral hippocampal lesions on MRI has been described.

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Disposal of unused opioids after surgery is improved with an educational brochure.

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

The authors examined the demographic and geographic variation and the correlation between the local economic environment and measures of individual opioid prescriptions.

Intranasal, Intramuscular Naloxone Equally As Effective for Opioid Overdose

Intranasal, Intramuscular Naloxone Equally As Effective for Opioid Overdose

Higher-concentration intranasal naloxone has similar efficacy to that of intramuscular naloxone given at the same dose for reversal of opioid overdose.

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

There is a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid deaths for those born between 1947 and 1964.

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

There may be more health benefits at a lower cost with immediate access to opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

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There is a higher risk for opioid-related death in patients taking concomitant prescription opioids and gabapentin.

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization in order to reduce dosing of prescription opioids.

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid  Tx?

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid Tx?

After surgical procedures, the optimal length of opioid prescription lies between the observed median prescription length and the early nadir.

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

The CDC is is launching a campaign to help fight the opioid crisis.

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

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It is recommended that physicians educate their patients/their patients' family members regarding the steps to take in case of a potential overdose.

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

The most opioid use occurs in the top 10% of privately insured adults without cancer who are using opioids.

Can Virtual Reality Tech Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

Can Virtual Reality Tech Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

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Assessments showed a 66% reduction in pain during the session and a 33% reduction in pain at the end of the session.

Opioids as Migraine Treatment Grossly Overused

Opioids as Migraine Treatment Grossly Overused

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There are nearly as many migraine patients receiving opioids as there are patients receiving level A abortive medications.

Maternal Psychotropic, Opioid Use Boosts Risk of Neonatal Drug Withdrawal

Maternal Psychotropic, Opioid Use Boosts Risk of Neonatal Drug Withdrawal

There is an increased risk of neonatal drug withdrawal if psychotropic medications and opioids are used during pregnancy.

Gabapentinoid Prescribing Trends: Are We Using Too Much?

Gabapentinoid Prescribing Trends: Are We Using Too Much?

As a response to the opioid epidemic, clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentinoids.

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Even though there are concerns about opioid addiction and misuse, there are still more than 1/3 of Americans using them.

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Quality of life and improved pain and function may be achieved by reducing opioid doses.

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits and setting expectations for pain control, medication stop dates, and refills.

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

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Most prescriptions for long-term opioid therapy were written by internal or family medicine physicians.

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