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Family accuses doctor of fueling guitarist's opioid addiction before he died

Matthew Roberts was found dead in 2016 from a drug overdose
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Discussion at the hearing largely focused on the desire to pass bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis as well as to determine best practices to identify over-prescribers and reduce instances of fraud. Opening Statements Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins opened the hearing by highlighting statistics regarding rising opioid related overdose death rates in her home state of Kansas. She went on to state that the “immense cost opioids impose on society” have caused a loss of productivity and put undue burden on the U.S. economic system. To lessen this burden, Jenkins stressed the importance to provide Medicare...
Source: Policy and Medicine - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Joshua Sharfstein in JAMA discusses the opioid abuse epidemic and what to do about it. This is an opinion piece that doesn't have references, but I can assure you that he is right on the facts. People with opioid addiction seldom succeed in maintaining long term recovery without what we call Medication Assisted Treatment. That means either methadone or buprenorphine, both of which are themselves opioids. As Sharfstein tell us, " Many still believe that those who take methadone or buprenorphine are'trading one addiction for another,'' in bondage,'or'taking a cop-out.'" People who are using these medications may fa...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
Following nerve injury, local infiltration of immune cells (macrophages/monocytes) leads to upregulation of pro-inflammatory mediators (chemokines, cytokines, prostaglandins), neuronal sensitization and pain. The widespread prevalence of pain is estimated to cost the US economy an estimated $650 billion annually (Institute of Medicine 2011). Though highly effective, opioid analgesics pose a high risk for abuse, addiction, tolerance and accidental overdose (M. Hale 2016). The effectiveness of systemic non-opioid analgesic strategies like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) i...
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
There remains a pressing need for opioid pharmacotherapy that provides adequate pain relief without the risks of addiction, diversion and overdose. To this end, we studied the efficacy of loperamide (Lo), a peripherally restricted mu-opioid receptor (MOR) agonist, and oxymorphindole (OMI), a DOR agonist known to synergize with morphine, in multiple pain states and species. Neuropathic pain (mouse): To model neuropathic pain, we used the spared nerve injury as developed by Decosterd and Woolf (2002).
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
(Boston Medical Center) A new study shows that public health and public safety agencies established local, collaborative programs in Massachusetts to connect overdose survivors and their personal networks with addiction treatment, harm reduction, and other community support services following a non-fatal overdose.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
(Brown University) A new study in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
This analysis examines the association of death from overdose among individuals released from the Rhode Island correctional system after implementation of a comprehensive program of medications for addiction therapy.
Source: JAMA Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 -- The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
ConclusionsDeath certificate reports understate the prevalence of and changes over time in opioid and heroin/synthetic opioid‐involved drug mortality in the United States. Adjustments imputing the drugs involved for cases where none are identified on the death certificates are likely to provide more accurate estimates.
Source: Addiction - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Data Notes Source Type: research
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