Cannabis proven an effective alternative form of pain relief for elderly patients, allowing many to quit taking dangerous meds, research finds

(Natural News) President Trump announced last year that the opioid epidemic was a “public health emergency” and called for the medical community to look for alternative therapies to battle the growing crisis. The President cited the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics which places drug overdose as the leading cause of...
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CAMBRIDGE (CBS NEWS) — Researchers in Massachusetts believe they may be on the brink of creating a revolutionary non-addictive painkiller. Developed by Blue Therapeutics, Blue-181 could be a big step forward in dealing with the growing opioid crisis. The team there said it wanted to make a drug that is a total replacement for the opioids currently on the market – something that people could safely stop using without the possible dangerous side effects. Mark Loccisano felt a gratification from painkillers with his very first pill. They were prescribed by a doctor for a sports injury. It was the beginning of an o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Boston News Health Cambridge Local TV opioid crisis Source Type: news
The crushing toll of the opioid crisis is daily news, including stories about ways to “fix” it. A wide array of initiatives has been brought forward in an attempt to curb this epidemic and the damage it causes. Prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) are one of them. The goal of PMPs is a good one — to identify patients who are being prescribed multiple medications by multiple clinicians. It is a means to introduce some stewardship for preventing overuse and misuse of prescription drugs. How prescription monitoring programs work Prescription monitoring programs are state-based electronic databases that pr...
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NEW YORK (AP) — One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs, according to a new government report. Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, said the report published Thursday. "Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections," said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the study's authors. The U.S. is in the midst of its deadliest drug epidemic ever. While overdose deaths have been the main concern, some studies ha...
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A  story in today’s Wall Street Journal discusses the latest report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on ”prime age” (25-54) labor-force participation rates among its 35 member countries through the last quarter of 2017. While the US rate has improved, it remains below the average OECD rate, lagging behind such developed countries as Japan and the UK. What’s puzzling is why the authors of the report decided to weigh in on the opioid overdose issue.Noting that per capita opioid prescriptions in the US are “significantly higher” than in othe...
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It isn't the first time FDA has turned to medtech for solutions to opioid misuse and abuse, but now the agency is officially challenging the medical device and diagnostics industry to step up in the ongoing war on opioids. FDA recently launched an innovation challenge to spur the development of devices, digital health technologies, and diagnostic tests that could provide novel solutions in response to the opioid epidemic. That's not to say the industry hasn't already put forth some effort in this area. Manufacturers of naloxone products – a drug designed to potentially save a person's life in the event of an opioid o...
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Abstract Opioid addiction has been cast as a "disease of despair."1 I agree, but I wonder still: If tobacco and opioids were on a spectrum relative to the relief they provide from social, emotional, financial, and other sources of pain in the lives of the disenfranchised, could it be that they are indeed 2 sides of the same coin? For individuals in despair, pain relief is a complicit actor in what will become pleasure seeking and, for smokers, vice versa. Every year, almost as many people are dying by incidentally being near smokers as are dying by accidentally overdosing. Our opioid epidemic has been de...
Source: American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Am J Health Promot Source Type: research
Abstract Opioids are the most commonly used and effective analgesic treatments for severe pain, but they have recently come under scrutiny owing to epidemic levels of abuse and overdose. These compounds act on the endogenous opioid system, which comprises four G protein-coupled receptors (mu, delta, kappa, and nociceptin) and four major peptide families (β-endorphin, enkephalins, dynorphins, and nociceptin/orphanin FQ). In this review, we first describe the functional organization and pharmacology of the endogenous opioid system. We then summarize current knowledge on the signaling mechanisms by which opioids...
Source: Annual Review of Neuroscience - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Annu Rev Neurosci Source Type: research
A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. The opioid epidemic has reached a tipping point. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, as safer pain management practices must be a national priority. Everyone in health care needs to be aware of the potential dangers and become part of the solution. That means partnering with patients and families on pain management expectations; education on safe use, storage and disposal of opioids; and prevention of misuse and abuse after discharge. Clinicians throughout a patient’s full continuum ...
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The United States is currently experiencing an opioid overdose epidemic with a strong correlation between opioid prescribing and overdose related deaths [1]. Recent Emergency Department (ED) literature has provided a strong focus on the use of non-opioid analgesic options [2]. A recent study by Jeffery and Colleagues (2018) showed that opioid prescribing to na ïve patients from the ED carries a lower risk of longer-term opioid use than from other acute settings [3]. Nonetheless improvements to opioid prescribing in ED can undoubtedly be obtained.
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon &Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news
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