Opioids: 500,000 Britons are addicted but you can still buy them over the counter at Boots

Addiction specialists say opioids are routinely being prescribed for chronic pain, even though studies show they are not particularly effective and can even make things worse.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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CONCLUSION: An adaptation of the DSM‑5 diagnostic criteria of opioid use disorder to the specific situation of CNCP patients and a validation of these criteria could help to collect more accurate data on opioid use disorders of patients with chronic pain in Germany in the future. Prescribers should be sensitized to this problem without pathologizing or even stigmatizing patients. Further research is needed to classify this previously underestimated phenomenon.PMID:34505947 | DOI:10.1007/s00482-021-00582-1
Source: Schmerz - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe current study supported MOH to be lying within a spectrum of dependence and addiction disorder. The enhanced functional connectivity of the habenula with SN may correlate to the development or chronification of MOH. Furthermore, the habenula may be an indicator or treatment target for MOH for its integrative role involved in multiple aspects of MOH.
Source: The Journal of Headache and Pain - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
There seems to be a prevalence of people using or wanting to use buprenorphine more for chronic pain. Reasons PRO (some debatable): Less addictive Less prone to abuse Less euphoric Less tolerance Reverse tolerance Less respiratory depression (but same if on other respiratory depressants) Schedule 3 Doesn’t show up in popular music as far as I know. No buprenorphine pill mills (suboxone/ chain addiction centers are another story). Cons: Transition to buprenorphine from a schedule 2... Read more
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pain Medicine Source Type: forums
Prescription opioids are used for some chronic pain conditions. However, generally, long-term therapy has unwanted side effects which may trigger addiction, overdose, and eventually cause deaths. Opioid addiction and chronic pain conditions have both been ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Funding Opportunity RFA-NS-22-016 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain, a highly debilitating medical condition that is complex and difficult to manage. In recent decades, there has been an overreliance in the prescription of opioids for chronic pain despite their poor ability to improve function and high addiction liability. This contributed to a significant and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths and addictions. Innovative scientific solutions to develop alternative pain treatment options are thus critically needed. Through targeted research e...
Source: NIH Funding Opportunities (Notices, PA, RFA) - Category: Research Source Type: funding
CONCLUSION AND SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: Drug-related dreams were common among individuals in the present sample and were related to other clinically relevant phenomena. Interventions that treat co-occurring OUD, pain, sleep symptoms, and affective symptoms may improve overall well-being in this population.PMID:34459058 | DOI:10.1111/ajad.13219
Source: The American Journal on Addictions - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Faiqa Naz, Kanwar Hamza Shuja, Muhammad Aqeel, Saima Ehsan, Atqa Noor, Dua Butt, Hajra Gul, Ushba Rafaqat, Amna Khan, Shafaq Gulzamir International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print, pp.- There is an ever-increasing number of patients suffering from various forms of acute and chronic pain and getting treatment for such ailments is a basic human right. Opioid analgesics remain one way of managing and attending to such patients. However, due to the prevalence of opiophobia, many doctors avoid prescribing opioid-based medicines, even at the cost of patients suffe...
Source: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
elsen Prescription opioids are used for some chronic pain conditions. However, generally, long-term therapy has unwanted side effects which may trigger addiction, overdose, and eventually cause deaths. Opioid addiction and chronic pain conditions have both been associated with evidence of genetic and epigenetic alterations. Despite intense research interest, many questions about the contribution of epigenetic changes to this typology of addiction vulnerability and development remain unanswered. The aim of this review was to summarize the epigenetic modifications detected in specific tissues or brain areas and associate...
Source: Genes - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
DISCUSSION: The current study is the first to identify a potential role of lack of premeditation as an impulsivity facet predicting aberrant opioid-related behaviors among patients with chronic pain.PMID:34369839 | DOI:10.1080/10826084.2021.1958853
Source: Substance Use and Misuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Despite practicing in multiple venues where people with opioid use disorders require services, most public service psychology providers are not delivering, or being trained to deliver, treatment for substance use disorders. In addition, unintentional overdose and death from opioids continue, treatment options for chronic pain remain limited, and a larger discussion on the problem and role of drug and alcohol addiction in society remains largely unspoken. The articles received and included in this special section present some changes in the way that precipitants and prevention of opioid use disorder may be addressed and the...
Source: Psychological Services - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
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