The natural painkiller growing in your backyard: Wild lettuce is similar to morphine
(Natural News) Pain is one of the most common symptoms of an injury or disease, and prescription drugs such as opioids that are used for pain relief are now being used so excessively that they’re causing a major epidemic with opioid dependence. Turns out there is a modest plant growing in your backyard that can provide pain-relieving benefits similar... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multisite phosphorylation is required for sustained interaction with GRKs and arrestins during rapid {mu}-opioid receptor desensitization
We report how specific multisite phosphorylation controlled the dynamics of GRK and β-arrestin interactions with MOR and show how such phosphorylation mediated receptor desensitization. We showed that GRK2/3 was recruited more quickly than was β-arrestin to a DAMGO-activated MOR. β-Arrestin recruitment required GRK2 activity and MOR phosphorylation, but GRK recruitment also depended on the phosphorylation sites in the C-terminal tail, specifically four serine and threonine residues within the 370TREHPSTANT379 motif. Our results also suggested that other residues outside this motif participated in the initial...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - July 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Miess, E., Gondin, A. B., Yousuf, A., Steinborn, R., Mösslein, N., Yang, Y., Göldner, M., Ruland, J. G., Bünemann, M., Krasel, C., Christie, M. J., Halls, M. L., Schulz, S., Canals, M. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Drilling down to the details of opioid signaling
Despite using opioids for centuries for pain management, we still don ’t have a complete understanding of how drugs like morphine and oxycodone actually work. And that’s a problem for patients, who must weather side effects that can range from nausea and constipation to cognitive impairment, addiction, and, at high doses, even death. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - July 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Levi Gadye Source Type: news

July 10: 2018: Former Pharmacy Technician Indicted for Stealing Fentanyl, Morphine
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Aurobindo in last lap to buy Mallinckrodt ’s US generics business
Mallinckrodt has the world ’s most diverse line of bulk medicinal controlled substances including fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine-based drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Change in brain cells linked to opiate addiction, narcolepsy
This study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Medical Research Service of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 27, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

A wakefulness molecule is abundant in the brains of heroin addicts
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Researchers have discovered that the brains of heroin addicts harbor a greater number of neurons that produce hypocretin, a molecule involved in arousal and wakefulness, and one lacking in abundance in people with narcolepsy. In mice with narcolepsy, these researchers went on to show, administering morphine -- an opioid similar. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pain relief at a lower opioid dose
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that activating nerve cell receptors along two chemical pathways -- one that has previously been linked to how the brain senses 'itch' -- may improve pain relief when combined with conventional ways to blunt pain using opioid drugs, such as morphine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Oligomerization of MrgC11 and {mu}-opioid receptors in sensory neurons enhances morphine analgesia
The μ-opioid receptor (MOR) agonist morphine is commonly used for pain management, but it has severe adverse effects and produces analgesic tolerance. Thus, alternative ways of stimulating MOR activity are needed. We found that MrgC11, a sensory neuron–specific G protein–coupled receptor, may form heteromeric complexes with MOR. Peptide-mediated activation of MrgC11 enhanced MOR recycling by inducing coendocytosis and sorting of MOR for membrane reinsertion. MrgC11 activation also inhibited the coupling of MOR to β-arrestin-2 and enhanced the morphine-dependent inhibition of cAMP production. Intrathecal...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: He, S.-Q., Xu, Q., Tiwari, V., Yang, F., Anderson, M., Chen, Z., Grenald, S. A., Raja, S. N., Dong, X., Guan, Y. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There ’s a Better Way
As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother who is addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat those infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal from the drugs. “Despite the fact that we have seen increases in NAS in recent years, there is still significant uncertainty about who to treat, when to treat and what agents to use,” says Dr. Jonathan Davis, vice chair of pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center. “And then there are questions about how fast to increase the dose, and how fast to take the babi...
Source: TIME: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Mass. Researchers May Be On Brink Of Creating Revolutionary, Non-Addictive Painkiller
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 - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Cambridge Local TV opioid crisis Source Type: news

Researchers may be on verge of creating powerful, non-addictive painkiller
Three Harvard-trained scientists believe they've developed a non-narcotic, non-addictive painkiller 50 times more powerful than morphine (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Egalet Appoints Industry Veteran John Varian to Board of Directors
WAYNE, Pa., June 7, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Egalet Corporation (Nasdaq: EGLT) ("Egalet"), a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative treatments for ... Biopharmaceuticals, Personnel Egalet, ARYMO ER, morphine, OXAYDO, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

hydrocodone (Vicodin ® ), codeine, morphine, and many others. #DYK #FDAInnovationChallenge (2 of 2 messages) https://go.usa.gov/xQwmW   pic.twitter.com/bGlnTFOzVE
hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. #DYK #FDAInnovationChallenge (2 of 2 messages) https://go.usa.gov/xQwmW  pic.twitter.com/bGlnTFOzVE (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - June 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

ASHP: SVP, Injectable Opioid Shortages Threaten Patient Care
98.4 percent of respondents report moderate, severe shortages of morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - May 31, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychia Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Be careful not to pop pain pills
Overdose death is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., according to the?U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Heroin is a major player in overdose deaths but so are prescription opioid pain medications. Prescription pain medications,?such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, are necessary in some instances. But, Mayo Clinic experts say, some [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Benefits, dangers of fentanyl
Fentanyl?is an?opiate pain medication, that generally is used to treat severe pain, especially for cancer patients.?Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and illegal use of the drug is on the rise, according to the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.?Dr. Michael Hooten, a pain management specialist at Mayo Clinic, talks with reporter Vivien [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 22, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Nearly a quarter of Ontarians newly prescribed opioids received dose exceeding guidelines
(St. Michael's Hospital) Nearly a quarter (23.9 percent) of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents (MME), exceeding the suggested dose threshold for opioid prescriptions outlined in North American clinical guidelines, according to a new study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and St. Michael's Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adjuvant DEX Infusion During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Adjuvant DEX Infusion During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Can intraoperative DEX infusion improve analgesia during elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy while reducing postoperative morphine consumption?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
​Fluorescence micrograph of a neuronal cell body showing the location of opioid receptor activation detected by the new biosensor immediately before (left panel) and 20 seconds after (right panel) application of morphine. Arrow points to the Golgi apparatus, a location within the interior of the.. . (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Opioids Source Type: news

Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release Tablets (New - Discontinuation)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - May 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

May 3, 2018: Indictment: Kansas EMT Stole Morphine from Vials
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - May 3, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

The Other Opioid Crisis: Shortages at Hospitals
The top five drugs in shortest supply are opioids like hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl and morphine, the local anesthetic bupivacaine, and the lifesaving allergy drug epinephrine, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) survey found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are opioids and why are they dangerous?
What opioid medications do Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in your cells. Opioids can be made from the poppy plant, such as morphine (e.g., Kadian and MS Contin) or synthesized in a laboratory, such as fentanyl (e.g., Actiq and Duragesic). Dr. Carrie Krieger, a clinical [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 1, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

What Causes Flushing?
Discussion Flushing is usually thought of as a benign condition such as blushing, but can be quite irritating if it is frequent or persistent (i.e. menopausal hot flashes) or even pathologic (i.e. malignancy). “Flushing is a subjective and sensation of warmth that is accompanied by reddening of the skin anywhere on the body but favors the face, neck, and upper torso…. Flushing can be broadly divided into episodic or persistent. Episodic flashing is mediated by the release of endogenous vasoactive mediators or medications, while persistent flushing result in a fixed facial erythema with telangiectasias and cyan...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 30, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

PixarBio CEO Faces Criminal Fraud Charges
In the latest turn of what has been one of the more peculiar medtech/biotech stories to develop over the past couple years, PixarBio CEO Frank Reynolds and two of his associates were arrested Tuesday on charges of securities fraud. The arrest comes just shy of two months after PixarBio threatened to sue Reynolds' former company, InVivo Therapeutics, for libel and patent rights to the company's scaffold device. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts said Tuesday that Reynolds, Jay Herod, and Kenneth Stromsland were charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud PixarBio investors by making false and misl...
Source: MDDI - April 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Researchers develop non-addictive pain reliever
A new pain-relieving compound may eventually be as effective as the properties of opioids-based drugs, such as morphine and oxycodone, but not be addictive. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds arrest PixarBio CEO Reynolds on securities fraud charges
The bizarre saga of biotech executive Frank Reynolds took another turn today when federal authorities arrested the PixarBio (OTC:PXRB) CEO and two associates on securities fraud charges, claiming they misled investors about its opioid substitute and falsely claimed a $1 billion valuation. PixarBio is purportedly developing a drug to replace morphine and other opiates, but prosecutors alleged that the product is actually an older anti-convulsant called carbamazepine, sold under the trade name Tegretol, that’s used to treat epilepsy and neuralgia; PixarBio plans to re-formulate the drug as a time-release...
Source: Mass Device - April 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Legal News Wall Street Beat PixarBio Source Type: news

Opioids Are Over-Prescribed In Patients On Benzodiazepines
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Doctors Warned About Prescribing Sedatives And Opioids
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Researchers identify brain mechanism linking PTSD and opioid addiction
(University of Western Ontario) Researchers at Western University have shown that the recall of traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine, shedding light on the neurobiological link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A neurobiological link between PTSD and addiction
(Society for Neuroscience) Recalling traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine in male rats, finds new research published in JNeurosci. These findings may help to explain the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

March 30, 2018: KC Paramedic Indicted for Stealing Fentanyl, Morphine from Ambulances
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - April 19, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Americans Are Filling Fewer Prescriptions for Opioids Amid Rising Fear of Addiction
(TRENTON, N.J.) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda A Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwid...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwid...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwid...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwid...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Intrathecal Morphine and Postop Pain in Knee Arthroplasty Intrathecal Morphine and Postop Pain in Knee Arthroplasty
Is intrathecal morphine effective in reducing postoperative pain in total knee arthroplasty patients? How does it impact circulating levels of analgesic endocannabinoids?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Myths in Emergency Medicine: Rage against Renal Colic Keep the Ketorolac, Maybe Morphine, Leave the Lido for Last
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - April 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Myths in Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

South Africa:Morphine and Mortality - KZN Cancer Patients Turn to Gauteng for Help
[Bhekisisa] Terminally ill patients in the province have little access to pain relief, or basic care. Here's one man's story. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Who Prescribe More Opioids Make More Money
This study suggests that conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry may influence oncologists in high-stakes treatment decisions for patients with cancer,” the authors concluded. Some studies have looked at whether the amount of money a doctor receives makes a difference. Studies by researchers at Yale University, the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have all found that the more money physicians are paid by pharmaceutical companies, the more likely they are to prescribe certain drugs. Dr. Patrice Harris, a spokeswoman for the American Medical Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds For Chronic Pain
CBS Local — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. They also provided slightly less pain relief. Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore Local TV opioid crisis opioids Painkillers talkers Tylenol Source Type: news

Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis
With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don't have to be the first choice against crippling arthritis pain or chronic backache. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘It’s a National Problem.’ How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction’s Youngest Sufferers
(CHICAGO) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert’s second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal sy...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Tanner / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Black market painkiller fentanyl claims almost TEN lives every month
DEATHS linked to super-strength opioid painkiller fentanyl have trebled in the last three years to almost 10 a month, figures show. National Crime Agency data illustrates how the potentially deadly prescription medicine, up to 100 times more potent than morphine, is leaking on to the black market where it is mixed with heroin and other class A drugs to give a more potent and hazardous kick. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxycodone First-line, but Costlier, Alternative to Morphine for Adult Cancer Pain Oxycodone First-line, but Costlier, Alternative to Morphine for Adult Cancer Pain
For adults with cancer-related pain, oxycodone can be used as an alternative to morphine, a new systematic review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Regulators Say Herbal Supplement Kratom Contains Opioids
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government. The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November. Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug de...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news