NIH Unveils New Opioid Research Plans

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(Natural News) British doctors are calling for stricter rules in the management of painkillers in order to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. These medical professionals are now suggesting that patients who are given highly powerful opioids such as oxycodone and tramadol should be referred to special pain units who would then conduct monthly reviews. The...
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A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Every physician takes the Hippocratic oath and promises to “do no harm.” In the face of the current opioid epidemic, this includes protecting our patients from dependence and addiction, including those who are suffering from debilitating acute and chronic pain. Sometimes this involves getting creative as we develop treatment plans. Luckily, opioids are not the only, nor always the best, defense against pain. One patient who avoided the negative side effects of long-term opioid use was Beth Hunt. Beth was living life...
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Paradigm Outcomes has bought Adva-Net, a health company in Lakewood Ranch. Adva-Net provides pain management, post-acute care management, and addiction recovery services for patients with acute workers' compensation claims. It is expected to strengthen Paradigm’s network, the company said in a news release. Paradigm, which manages catastrophic and complex cases for th e workers’ compensation industry and is based in Walnut Creek, California, did not say how much it paid for Adva-Net. The company…
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There’s no disputing that the opioid crisis has become a public health emergency in the United States. And not a day goes by when health care providers don’t encounter some aspect of this epidemic. Far too often, the mention of addiction spurns images of homelessness, back-alley deals and crime. While that can certainly be the case, addiction is an “equal-opportunity employer.” Allow me to share two true stories that illustrate varying ways opioid addiction is encountered by health care providers. The cyclist “John” was a 40-year-old, athletic, easygoing bicyclist I met after he had been...
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As the opioid crisis has unfolded concerns have grown about dependency and the potentially addictive nature of opioid-based pain treatments. Having satisfactory non-opioid treatment alternatives will need to be an integral part of effective pain management.
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Conclusion: A high prevalence of opioid-related mortality was detected in both counties, specifically for Camden County, between the years of 2013 and 2015. An increasing incidence of opioids, specifically heroin and oxycodone, was also detected. Although prescription opioids might contribute to the initial development of addiction, the sudden suspension of these resources, without adequate treatment, can often lead individuals to shift to heroin as cheaper and more potent resource of opioids. Physician education and changing the prescribing patterns as well as harm reduction strategies are needed. For acute pain, the re...
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This article reviews pharmacological principles and research strategies aiming at novel opioids with reduced side effects. Basic mechanisms underlying pain, opioid analgesia and other opioid actions are outlined. To illustrate the clinical situation and medical needs, plasticity of opioid receptors, intracellular signaling pathways, endogenous and exogenous opioid receptor ligands, central and peripheral sites of analgesic and side effects are discussed. Expert opinion: The epidemic of opioid misuse has taught us that there is a lack of fundamental knowledge about the characteristics and management of chronic pain, that co...
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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just turned 50, and my health care provider recommends that I get a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. I want to have the test done, but as a recovering addict, I don?t want pain medication. Is this possible, or would the pain be too much? What are my other options? [...]
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe purpose of the study is to evaluate and analyze the role of both opioid and non-opioid analgesics in the emergency department (ED).Recent FindingsStudies have shown that the implementation of opioid-prescribing policies in the ED has the potential to reduce the opioid addiction burden. Clinical studies point to inconsistencies in providers ’ approach to pain treatment. In this review, we discuss specific aspects of opioid utilization and explore alternative non-opioid approaches to pain management.SummaryPain is the most common reason patients present to the ED. As such, emergency medicin...
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Our Approach Cliffside Malibu is a world class luxury drug and alcohol treatment center. We want you to recover for good, and we do that with seven major factors. 1. We Stand By Our Commitment To Your Success. Our main goal is: We only want you to come to treatment once. 2. We Recognize The Root Cause Of Addiction As Pain/Trauma. Most treatment programs are based on the 12 Step Model. While 12 Step programs have largely been the go-to way to recover from addiction for over 75 years, the model does not address the underlying causes of addiction. While we use 12 Steps as an adjunct to other forms of therapy, we work to help ...
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