Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill...
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President Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit, separate from state lawsuits, against opioid manufacturers in an effort to help stem an epidemic of addiction in the United States.Medscape Medical News
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For decades, Tim Lennon repressed memories of the childhood abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a priest. It wasn’t until 1995, when Lennon was in his late 40s and living in San Francisco, that he stumbled across information about clergy sexual abuse and felt decades-old memories come flooding back. “I said, ‘Oh my god, that happened to me,'” Lennon remembers. But even that moment, he says, didn’t prepare him for the memories that resurfaced in 2010 — an avalanche that he believes was triggered by his twin daughters turning 12, the age around which he says he was raped by a priest....
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed that U.S. drugmakers cut production quotas of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent next year to fight a nationwide addiction crisis.
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Parents of adolescents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to be abstinent, but what do we do if they are not? The risks are high, as we’ve discussed in our blog about adolescent substance use and the developing brain. While parents can and should communicate clearly that non-use is the best decision for health, we simply can’t control every aspect of young people’s lives. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to successful dialogue with teens about substance use, but these principles may be helpful. 1.   Make your values and your rules clear Parents sometimes use...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Adolescent health Behavioral Health Mental Health Parenting Source Type: blogs
Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released  preliminary estimates of the opioid overdose rate for 2017. The total overdose rate rose to approximately 72,000, up from a total overdose rate of 63,600 in 2016, an increase of roughly 10 percent. The total overdose rate includes deaths from numerous drugs in addition to opioids, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and benzodiazepines. The opioid-related overdose rate increased as well, from a little over 42,000 in 2016 to over 49,000 in 2017. This increase occurred despite a 4 percent drop in heroin overdoses and a 2 p...
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Authors: Athavale AS, Bentley JP, Banahan BF, McCaffrey DJ, Pace PF, Vorhies DW Abstract OBJECTIVES: To develop a self-reported measure for medication adherence and compare its ability to predict proportion of days covered (PDC) with contemporary scales. METHODS: Retrospective prescription fill data from three community pharmacies in the Southeastern US were assessed to identify patients that are 18 years of age or older, and have received at least one medication for diabetes, hypertension, or dyslipidemia. A cross-sectional survey containing the Medication adherence Estimation and Differentiation Scale (MEDS),...
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AbstractThere has been an increasing call for service users to be more actively involved with the evaluation of treatment outcomes. One strategy to impove such involvement is to ask service users to contribute with their own criteria for evaluation by sharing their personal story and perspective about their clinical situation. In this cross-sectional study, we contrasted the contents elicited by service users completing two individualised measures against the contents of three widely used standardised measures. We also compared two methods to generate individualised data using self-report and interview-based instruments (P...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
In conclusion, with potentially greater patient preference and a lower potential for parentera l buprenorphine abuse than reference buprenorphine/naloxone, buprenorphine/naloxone expands the treatment options available for adults and adolescent (aged >  15 years) patients with opioid dependence.
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London Councils - Gambling is often described as a “hidden addiction” and it is now recognised as a complex public health issue that impacts individuals, families, and communities. This guidance outlines the areas in which public health can add value and support local gambling policies.Guidance Summary
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Publication date: Available online 15 August 2018Source: Computers in Human BehaviorAuthor(s): Bingping Zhou, Wei Wang, Wei Zhang, Ye Li, Jia NieAbstractStudies of Internet addiction (IA) under the cognitive-behavioral framework have suggested that IA derived from the excessive expectation of positive outcomes, which was a goal-directed behavioral progress. However, according to the dual-system account under the framework of associative learning theory, IA should be considered as a transition process from goal-directed to habit-based. It can be explained in terms of aberrant learning processes, where Internet addicts appar...
Source: Computers in Human Behavior - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
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