In 2015 there were 33,091 opioid-related deaths in the US. Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. ER visits and opioid overdose-related deaths have more than quadrupled in the last 15 years. September is National Recovery Month. Join us this Friday for a Twitter chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss opioid use disorder and ways to prevent and treat it. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NINDS Director Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, special guest American Society of Addiction Medicine, and several other NIH and HHS components will be responding to questions about the opioid crisis and how the government is working to combat it. Use #OpioidAwareChat to join and help promote. September 29, 11:00am -Noon PT.  
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(NEW YORK) — The head of the nation’s top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. “For me, it’s personal. I almost lost one of my children from it,” Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. told the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The AP viewed a video of his speech, which he delivered Thursday in New Orleans. Redfield declined to speak about it Monday, except to say in a statement: “It...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized onetime Opioid Source Type: news
Chronic pain is a widespread debilitating condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Although several pharmacological treatments for relieving chronic pain have been developed, they require frequent chronic administration and are often associated with severe adverse events, including overdose and addiction. Persistent increased sensitization of neuronal subpopulations of the peripheral and central nervous system has been recognized as a central mechanism mediating chronic pain, suggesting that inhibition of specific neuronal subpopulations might produce antinociceptive effects. We leveraged the neurotoxic properties...
Source: Science Translational Medicine - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research
As a primary care doctor who cares for many patients with opioid-use disorder, I am invested in timely and effective strategies to curb our nation’s opioid epidemic. Because so many instances of opioid addiction and overdoses begin with or involve commonly prescribed opioids, we need multiple strategies that address the significant harms associated with prescription opioids. I am skeptical of one strategy, however: The President’s Commission and the Food and Drug Administration are promoting development of abuse-deterrent prescription opioids as the solution to our opioid problem. These technologies t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Meds Medications Pain Management Source Type: blogs
Buprenorphine is an effective medication for the treatment of opioid addiction, but current barriers to buprenorphine access limit treatment availability for many patients. We identify and characterize regions within the United States (US) with poor buprenorphine access relative to the observed burden of overdose deaths.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
As a physician licensed to prescribe narcotics, I am legally   permitted to prescribe the powerful opioid methadone (also known by the brand name Dolophine  ) to my patients suffering from severe, intractable pain that hasn ’t been adequately controlled by other, less powerful pain killers. Most patients I encounter who might fall into that category are likely to be terminal cancer patients. I’ve often wondered why I am approved to prescribe methadone to my patients as a treatment for pain, but I am not allowed to prescribe methadone to taper my patients off of a physical dependence the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Attorney General Jeff Sessions put in a plug for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on Friday as he touted the role of law enforcement in reducing addiction and overdose deaths plaguing Maine and New England.
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
The increased use of opioid pain medications in North America in the last 2 decades has given rise an epidemic of addictions, overdoses and deaths, to which both the US and Canadian governments have enacted strategies to help combat these crises [1-3]. While these strategies develop multiple interventions to curb opioid use, a common target is to reduce physician opioid prescribing. Many patients may receive their first dose of opioid in the Emergency Department (ED), and recent studies show that there has been a steady increase in opioid prescribing in US EDs to adults (relative increase of 49% from 2001 to 2010) [4, 5].
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
Conclusions: The results of this study show the favorable epidemiological trend because of the decreasing number of new opiate patients in treatment. The retention of opiate patients in substitution therapy indicates the effectiveness of methadone maintenance programs. Our research did not determine any influence of methadone substitution therapy on an increasing risk of specific (overdose) mortality.
Source: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Publication date: May–June 2018Source: EXPLORE, Volume 14, Issue 3Author(s): Heather Tick, Arya Nielsen, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Robert Bonakdar, Samantha Simmons, Ronald Glick, Emily Ratner, Russell L. Lemmon, Peter Wayne, Veronica Zador, The Pain Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and HealthABSTRACTMedical pain management is in crisis; from the pervasiveness of pain to inadequate pain treatment, from the escalation of prescription opioids to an epidemic in addiction, diversion and overdose deaths. The rising costs of pain care and managing adverse effects of that care have prompted action ...
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 1 August 2017Source: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological PsychiatryAuthor(s): Patrick H. Finan, Bethany Remeniuk, Kelly E. DunnAbstractProblematic prescription opioid use is cited as a primary contributor to the current ‘opioid epidemic’ in the United States, which is characterized by recent rapid increases in individuals seeking treatment for opioid dependence and staggering rates of opioid overdose deaths. Individuals with chronic pain are commonly prescribed opioids to treat pain, and by this mere exposure are at increased risk for the development of problem...
Source: Progress in Neuro Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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