More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations from CDC 2016 guidelines
New largescale study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found overprescription of opioids by dentists common, particularly to patients at high risk for substance abuse, and that almost 1/3 of patients received more powerful drugs than neededElsevierIMAGE: In this cross-sectional analysis of 542,958 dental visits by adult patients, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 2 opioid prescriptions exceeded the recommended morphine equivalents and days'supply for...viewmore Credit: Michelle S. Woods Ann Arbor, February 4, 2020 - Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescrib...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Opioid Use By Teens a Red Flag for Other Dangers
In a national survey of U.S. high school students, 14% said they had ever "misused" a prescription opioid such as Vicodin, OxyContin or Percocet. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suspended Pharmacist Charged with Health Care Fraud Conspiracy, Fraudulently Obtaining Controlled Substances and Misbranding Drugs
pharmacist, suspended, health care fraud, conspiracy, controlled substances, misbranded drugs, indictment, Timothy Forester, Venetia PA, Pittsburgh, South Hills, oxycodone, hydrocodone, deception, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - December 13, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Former St. Vincent Healthcare Nurse Sentenced in Pain Pill Investigation
St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings MT, Sheila White, acetaminophen, hydrocodone, steal opioids, addiction, tampering, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - December 13, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Chronic opioid treatment may raise risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, study finds
While opioids are often prescribed to treat people with trauma-related pain, a new UCLA-led study suggests doctors should use caution before prescribing the drug to those they believe may experience severe stress in the future, in order to reduce the risk the patient will develop PTSD.In the study, researchers administered doses of the opioid morphine to a group of 22 mice for one week, then gave the mice relatively strong foot shocks. After the morphine wore off, the mice were given mild electric foot shocks. These mice showed a substantially longer “freezing response” than a second, control group of 24 mice t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 3, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

fMRI finds opioids may alter brain function in babies
Functional MRI (fMRI) has shown that prenatal exposure to opioids may alter...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Hospital in DC to study how opioids affect fetal brains Pittsburgh rad gets 2-year prison sentence in opioid case Senate opioid bill includes provision for ultrasound treatment 2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 26, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Walgreens' large role at height of opioid crisis is detailed in report
For six years beginning in 2006, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. was ordering 73 percent more oxycodone and hydrocodone pills per store on average compared with other pharmacies, according to a new report. The Washington Post reported on Thursdaythat during those six years, Walgreens was handling about 20 percent of all oxycodone and hydrocodone pills shipped to U.S. pharmacies. The report detailed Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens' (Nasdaq: WBA) purchased 13 billion opioid pills during those six … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

Oxycodone vs. Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) for Pain
Title: Oxycodone vs. Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) for PainCategory: MedicationsCreated: 1/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - November 7, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

These Missouri pharmacies received the most opioids from suppliers
The opioid epidemic has taken its toll on Missouri. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-related deaths rose in Missouri last year even as national deaths fell. One part of the problem? Legally prescribed pills. According to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made available by The Washington Post, 1.6 billion prescription pain pills (oxycodone and hydrocodone) were supplied to Missouri pharmacies between 2006 and 2012, the most recent yea r that data… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 17, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lea Konczal Source Type: news

DOJ Takes Down'Pill Mill' Network for Millions of RXs DOJ Takes Down'Pill Mill' Network for Millions of RXs
In less than 15 months, one Houston-area doctor allegedly prescribed about 2 million pills of controlled substances, including over 800,000 oxycodone pills and almost 450,000 hydrocodone pills.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - September 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

NIDA grant will fund opioid PET research
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded a five-year, $8.9 million...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Pittsburgh rad gets 2-year prison sentence in opioid case Senate opioid bill includes provision for ultrasound treatment 2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case Study eyes interventional rads and opioid prescriptions Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 28, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Researchers Link Painkillers After Wisdom Teeth Removal To Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (CBS) – Some good news when it comes to the opioid crisis. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says opioid-related overdose deaths fell nearly 11-percent in the first six months of this year compared to the first half of last year. One way that people are first introduced to opioids is after dental procedures and researchers in Michigan say thousands of kids a year could become new chronic opioid users after something as simple as having their wisdom teeth removed. Despite the fact that a combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol can effectively treat pain after a tooth extraction, many dentists still off...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis Source Type: news

Individual short-acting opioids and the risk of opioid-related adverse events in adolescents - Chung CP, Callahan ST, Cooper WO, Dupont WD, Murray KT, Franklin AD, Hall K, Dudley JA, Stein CM, Ray WA.
PURPOSE: Hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone, and tramadol are frequently prescribed to adolescents for moderate pain related to minor trauma or dental, surgical, or medical procedures. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences between these opioids coul... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

hydrocodone and ibuprofen, Vicoprofen
Title: hydrocodone and ibuprofen, VicoprofenCategory: MedicationsCreated: 4/17/1999 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - August 6, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Study: Opioid recovery requires more treatment than alcohol recovery
People addicted to drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids have a harder time kicking the habit than those addicted to alcohol, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How long does it take for hydrocodone to leave the body?
The amount of time that hydrocodone remains in the body depends on the characteristics of a person's body, the method of detection, and the dosage, among other factors. Learn more here. We also describe possible side effects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Malignant cerebellar edema in three-year-old girl following accidental opioid ingestion and fentanyl administration - Chen CH, Mullen AJ, Hofstede D, Rizvi T.
A three-year-old girl was found altered with an unknown timeline. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry was positive for hydromorphone, dihydrocodeine, and hydrocodone. Initial computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging suggested a malignant cerebel... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Percocet vs. Lortab
Title: Percocet vs. LortabCategory: MedicationsCreated: 12/28/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - June 26, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Ketorolac vs. hydrocodone
Title: Ketorolac vs. hydrocodoneCategory: MedicationsCreated: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - June 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cyclobenzaprine vs. Norco (hydrocodone acetaminophen)
Title: Cyclobenzaprine vs. Norco (hydrocodone acetaminophen)Category: MedicationsCreated: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Exercise and Fitness General)
Source: MedicineNet Exercise and Fitness General - June 5, 2019 Category: Podiatry Source Type: news

Big drug distributor pays $22 million to settle U.S. opioid charges
Morris& Dickson Co, one of the largest U.S. wholesale drug distributors, agreed to pay $22 million in civil penalties to settle U.S. government charges that it failed to report thousands of suspicious orders of the opioids hydrocodone and oxycodone. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tramadol is NOT safer than painkillers, study finds
Tramadol was once thought less addictive than other opioids, and therefore, safer, but new Mayo Clinic research suggests patients are most likely keep refilling it than they are hydrocodone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz
Title: chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, VituzCategory: MedicationsCreated: 6/6/1999 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/14/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - March 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Prescription painkillers do more harm than good for back pain
(Natural News) From over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin to prescription drugs like tramadol, morphine, and hydrocodone, these meds are omnipresent in modern American life. They have become more widely used than tobacco, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report. In 2015, more than 36 percent of Americans, aged 12... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One size does NOT fit all when it comes to medicine: Genetic study finds wide variation in risk of addiction when opioids are used for chronic pain
(Natural News) Chronic pain often pushes people to use opioid painkillers such as morphine and Vicodin, which may leave sufferers with an increased risk of prescription opioid addiction. Millions of Americans see their doctors for chronic pains, and doctors, in turn, resolve to prescribe these medications for immediate relief. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The negative effects of statins on the brain
(Natural News) Statin drugs, prescribed by doctors to reduce high cholesterol levels and supposedly prevent heart attacks and strokes, are the second most prescribed drugs in the world, after the painkiller hydrocodone. Since one in five Americans between the ages of 40 and 75 take these drugs regularly, it is likely that you are acquainted... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Direct-to-Doctor Payments May Increase Opioid Prescribing
FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 -- Physicians who receive direct pharmaceutical payments for opioid prescribing prescribe more opioids, especially hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in Addiction. Thuy D. Nguyen, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Xtrelus (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Guaifenesin Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 31, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Benzos, Opioids and Z-Drugs: Deadly Combos
With all the news media accounts and reports from governmental health organizations about the opioid epidemic, including the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, a newly emerging threat is gaining attention: use and misuse of benzodiazepines, opioid drugs and Z-drugs. Specifically, combining these three drugs can create a deadly combination that snuffs out lives. Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths on the Rise Benzodiazepines, a class of sedative narcotic drugs including Xanax and Valium used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other disorders and classified as Schedule IV under the Controlled Substances Act by the Drug Enforcement ...
Source: Psych Central - January 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Suicide Source Type: news

MORE DANGEROUS than a nuclear weapon, Fentanyl – the heroin-based prescription painkiller – could be the next WMD
(Natural News) Opioids are the class of pain-relieving drugs made from the illegal and deadly drug heroin. Fentanyl is by far the most dangerous, but you’ve certainly heard of some other popular ones, including oxycodone (a.k.a. Oxycontin), hydrocodone (a.k.a. Vicodin), morphine and codeine. Fentanyl is so strong that just a few too many milligrams can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyrica vs. Hydrocodone
Title: Lyrica vs. HydrocodoneCategory: MedicationsCreated: 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - December 18, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Teen Vaping Rises Dramatically; Drinking, Opioid Use Declines
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — Vaping among America’s teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years, according to a new report. Monday’s report, called Monitoring the Future, comes from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is based on an annual survey of drug and alcohol use and attitudes among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in the United States. This year’s survey included 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools across the country. Behind drinking...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN opioid abuse vaping Source Type: news

Pittsburgh rad gets 2-year conviction in opioid case
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a radiologist to two years in...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case Pittsburgh radiologist pleads guilty in opioid case Pittsburgh radiologist charged in opioid case (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 14, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Lyrica (pregabalin) vs. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
Title: Lyrica (pregabalin) vs. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - December 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic and Patient Satisfaction The Opioid Epidemic and Patient Satisfaction
In what ways did the DEA's rescheduling of hydrocodone impact prescribing practices among orthopedic surgeons?Current Orthopaedic Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Study: Painkillers Prescribed By Dentist May Be Linked To Later Abuse
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study in JAMA finds that painkillers prescribed to teens and young adults by dentists may be associated with the abuse of these medications later on. Many people ages 16 to 21 have their wisdom teeth removed and sometimes dentists or oral surgeons send patients home with a prescription for opioids, like Vicodin or Tylenol with codeine. It is often the first time a young person has ever been exposed to opioids. Researchers at Stanford looked at tens of thousands of young people who received these painkillers for the first time from their dentists and found that almost 6 percent of them were later ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dentist opioid abuse Painkillers Source Type: news

Xodol (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Xodol (Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco)
Title: hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/5/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - November 5, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the difference between tramadol and hydrocodone?
Tramadol and hydrocodone are opioid medications that doctors prescribe for pain. Here, learn their uses, possible risks, and the differences between them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Hysingla ER (Hydrocodone Bitartrate Extended-release Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 20, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Senate opioid bill includes provision for ultrasound treatment
In a 99-1 vote, the U.S. Senate on September 17 passed the Opioid Crisis Response...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Senate passes 'minibus' bill that includes health funds 2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case Pittsburgh radiologist pleads guilty in opioid case Study eyes interventional rads and opioid prescriptions Medical images reveal toll of opioid epidemic (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What's the difference between Vicodin and tramadol?
Tramadol and Vicodin are pain relief medications that a doctor may prescribe when over-the-counter (OTC) medications do not prove effective. Both medications are opioids and are very powerful. They both have side effects and interactions with other drugs. Learn more about the difference between Tramadol and Vicodin. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Opioid Maker to Pay for Overdose-Antidote Development
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it's making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies in the drug industry for using deceptive marketing practices to encourage heavy prescribing of the powerful a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid Maker to Pay for Overdose-Antidote Development
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it's making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray. The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies in the drug industry for using deceptive marketing practices to encourage heavy prescribing of the powerful a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Opioid Tactic Gone Wrong Opioid Tactic Gone Wrong
The federal government tried to restrict analgesics containing hydrocodone by switching them from schedule III to II, but prescribing hassles may have derailed those intentions.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today Commentary Source Type: news

Hydrocodone Schedule Change Affected Post-Op Opioid Rx
FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Hydrocodone's change from schedule III to schedule II in 2014 was associated with an increase in the amount of opioids filled in the initial prescription after surgery, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

2nd Pittsburgh rad pleads guilty in Vicodin case
A second radiologist from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has pleaded...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Pittsburgh radiologist pleads guilty in opioid case Pittsburgh radiologist charged in opioid case (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is acetaminophen-hydrocodone?
Acetaminophen-hydrocodone oral tablet is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It ’s a combination drug that contains an opioid (hydrocodone). It’s available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drugs Norco and Vicodin. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Zutripro (hydrocodone bitartrate, chlorpheniramine maleate, and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 12, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news