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Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 -- There's been a sharp rise in opioid-related admissions and deaths in hospital intensive care units across the United States, a new study finds. Opioids are pain medications, such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and...
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©iStock/windslegend With the current concerns related to opioid addiction and overdose, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are exploring ways to reduce the use of opioids for pain relief, while still effectively managing pain. In a randomized clinical trial, 422 patients. ..
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Approximately 64  000 people died from drug overdose deaths in 2016, and many of these deaths involved opioids. Opioid prescribing decisions are a major contributor to the ongoing opioid crises in America. Prescription opioids are by far the most commonly misused opioids, and 88% of people misusing prescription op ioids obtained these medications from 1 physician (35%) or from a friend or relative (53%). The duration of opioid use following surgery may be a critical determinant to the development of chronic opioid use, which is then associated with an increased risk of patient harm, including the development of misuse, abuse, and addiction.
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National Conference of State Legislatures. 08/2017 This nine-page document provides an overview of state legislation setting guidelines for, or limits on, opioid prescriptions. It discusses how state lawmakers are crafting innovative policies-engaging health, criminal justice, human services, and other sectors-to address this public health crisis, while also ensuring appropriate access to pain management. (PDF)
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On December 5, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the opioid epidemic and the possible role that Congress could play in the prevention, treatment, and recovery. Senator Roy Blunt, the Subcommittee Chairman, opened the hearing by discussing the fact that overdose related deaths outnumber the deaths at the peak of the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Overdose deaths have also overtaken automobile accident fatalities to become the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Senator Blunt also spoke about the three propos...
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(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) As the opioid crisis continues to escalate, the number of people who need treatment for their dependency on heroin or prescription pain killers far exceeds the capacity of available treatment programs. People seeking treatment can wait months or even years for spots in clinics or with certified doctors -- and while they wait, they risk becoming infected with HIV or hepatitis, as well as dying from an overdose.
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(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) In the US alone, more than 2 million people struggle with opioid use disorders. Opioids, often prescribed as pain medications, have now become the country's leading cause of drug overdose. But scientists are identifying ways to help combat the epidemic, which include getting people treatment faster, developing safer opioids, and helping patients choose appropriate treatment. A number of recent breakthroughs are being presented at the upcoming conference of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
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The present state of our nation can be traced back over the past five decades to the concerted efforts of specific entities, their goals based on profit and power, who set specific plans in place to maximize their control of same. Over the past 40 years, two such plans were woven together as they brought us to our present war on physicians and patients. One plan was created by increasing private prisons during the Nixon administration for the expressed purpose of incarcerating minorities charged with drug abuses and calling it a “war on drugs.” Nixon’s intended outcome — that of getting minorities o...
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DISCUSSION: Positive findings from the proposed work would lead to improved, standardized opioid risk screening practices among victims of traumatic injury. The ultimate goal of this and future work is to reduce the likelihood of opioid misuse, addiction, and related complications, such as overdose and death. Trial registration Clinicaltrials.gov registration number: NCT02861976. Date of registration: Feb 9, 2016. PMID: 29198186 [PubMed - in process]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids. The Food and Drug Administration approved once-a-month Sublocade for adults with opioid use disorder who are already stabilized on addiction medication. The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking the currently available daily medication. But that benefit has not yet been shown in studies and the new drug comes with a hefty price: $1,580 per monthl...
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