What Is Fentanyl? The Facts About the Opioid That Caused Prince's Death
By Alison Mango Amid all the speculation and controversy, the death of legendary artist Prince has been officially ruled an accidental opioid overdose. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota released an autopsy report yesterday listing the cause of his death as an accident, and citing fentanyl toxicity. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller approved for treating very severe pain. While it's in the same class as more commonly prescribed opioids (such as oxycodone), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince’s Death Reveals How Hard It Is To Escape Opioid Addiction
This report also shows how important it is that law enforcement intensify efforts to reduce the availability of heroin, illegal fentanyl, and other illegal opioids.” In March, the CDC issued new guidelines for opioid prescription and urged doctors to avoid prescribing pain pills for patients with chronic pain in favor of non-opioid prescriptions or other therapies.   Helping Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction If you think your loved one might be abusing legally prescribed opioids, don't be shy. "If a family member feels that someone is misusing [legally prescribed opioids], you have to call the presc...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Opioid crisis: The difference between sympathy and empathy
Follow me at @Drmoniquetello I was on call. I looked down at my pager and saw that dreaded message: Patient running out of pain meds needs immediate refill please call.* Ugh. More often than not, the phone call that follows this page is full of excuses, explanations, promises, and demands. This one was no exception: So sorry to bother you, I know you’re only covering. My doctor prescribes me oxycodone for my back pain. It’s horrible pain that I live with. I’m on disability for this. But my niece was visiting last weekend, and I lifted her up. I shouldn’t have done that, I know! I wrenched my back b...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Caregiving Healthy Aging Pain Management Source Type: news

Opioids Don’t Provide Much Relief For Back Pain Sufferers, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people with chronic back pain request opioid pain killers like Oxycodone or Vicodin to control their back pain, but a recent analysis found those drugs don’t significantly improve back pain or disability. A man receives treatment for back pain. (WBZ-TV) Researchers say there are better ways to approach back pain, such as doing back exercises and staying active. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Back Pain Dr. Mallika Marshall opioids Source Type: news

FDA approves first implantable drug to treat opioid addiction
This post has been updated. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first implantable drug to deliver long-lasting medication to people addicted to opioids such as OxyContin and heroin. "Opiod abuse and addiction have taken a devastating toll on American families," FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf said in a release. "Today's approval provides the […] (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Tags: brain & mental health fda prescription drugs Source Type: news

FDA approves new way to treat opioid addiction – under the skin
This post has been updated. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first implantable drug to deliver long-lasting medication to people addicted to opioids such as OxyContin and heroin. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating toll on American families," FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf said in a news release. "Today's approval provides […] (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Tags: brain & mental health fda prescription drugs Source Type: news

Study: Opioids not effective for long-term back pain
Stephen FellerSYDNEY, May 26 (UPI) -- Opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and Percocet have minimal effects on chronic back pain, according to researchers in Australia. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'
Conclusion This systematic review found no evidence that opioids provide a meaningful effect on chronic non-specific lower back pain. Opioids are often used as a last resort for people who have not responded to other painkillers. But these results found opioids gave only half the size of the effect that would be needed to make a real difference – about a 10-point score difference, rather than 20. On the whole, the body of evidence was high quality. A large number of trials where identified, and most were multi-centre trials with good sample sizes carried out in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. This means ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Medical practice Neurology Source Type: news

Xartemis XR (Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Acetaminophen Extended-Release) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 24, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Powerful painkillers for back pain like morphine and tramadol are 'NOT effective and can be dangerous' 
A major review of clinical evidence by the University of Sydney suggests opioid painkillers - which include tramadol, oxycodone and morphine - provide ‘minimal benefit’ for low back pain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades
For each of the past three years, opioid prescriptions have declined in the United States, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH and SABRINA TAVERNISE Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Drug Abuse and Traffic IMS Health OxyContin (Drug) Addiction (Psychology) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) United States Source Type: news

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades
The number of opioid prescriptions written in the United States has declined 12-18 percent from its 2012 peak, the first sustained decrease since OxyContin became available in 1996. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 20, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The effect of an abuse-deterrent opioid formulation on opioid abuse-related outcomes in the post-marketing setting - Coplan PM, Chilcoat HD, Butler SF, Sellers EM, Kadakia A, Harikrishnan V, Haddox JD, Dart RC.
This report examines changes in abuse through oral and non-oral routes, doctor-shopping, and fatalities in ten studies 3.5 ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Pain Therapeutics Announces FDA Advisory Committee Meeting for REMOXY(R)
August 5th is FDA’s Tentative Date for Advisory Committee Meeting No Change to PDUFA Date AUSTIN, Texas, May 19, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE) announced today that an Advisory Committee of the U.S. F... Biopharmaceuticals, FDAPain Therapeutics, REMOXY, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 19, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A Shocking Number Of Parents Keep Their Kids' Leftover Opioids
Nearly half of parents whose children were once prescribed pain medication kept the leftover pills at home, a new poll finds. Nearly one-third of the parents who participated in the poll reported that their children had been prescribed at least one pain medication, most often related to surgery, illness or injury. Of these prescriptions, 60 percent were for opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, according to the results from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Half of the parents reported that their children had leftover medication from the prescription, according to the poll.  &qu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids
MONDAY, May 16, 2016 -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 16, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Editorial: Congress Wakes Up to the Opioid Epidemic
Federal lawmakers were late to respond to the problem, but at least they seem prepared to open more paths to treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: THE EDITORIAL BOARD Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Buprenorphine (Drug) Drug Abuse and Traffic OxyContin (Drug) House of Representatives Senate Editorials Source Type: news

Should you tough out pain or take painkillers?
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A patient's guide to prescription painkillers
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A patient's guide to prescription painkillers
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Misuse: America's Not So Silent Killer
As America and the world mourns the death of music icon Prince, there has been speculation that his death was the result an opioid overdose. Yet, the music icon was known for his healthy lifestyle and his rejection of the drug culture that has become a cliché when talking about rock stars. The death of Prince underscores the opioid abuse epidemic in America that is created by the over-prescribing of opioids to treat pain known by names like Percocet, OxyContin, Fentanyl and Vicodin. Last year, American doctors prescribed enough opioids to give every American adult a one-month supply. 30 tablets that could lead to a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What you need to know about fentanyl
The United States is in the midst of a drug crisis, with a 200% increase in the rate of opioid overdose deaths since 2000. Opioids are a class of drugs derived from the opium poppy, like morphine, codeine or heroin, but they also include the latest concern: synthetics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and the extremely potent fentanyl. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Prescription painkiller drugs kill 40 Americans every single day
(NaturalNews) Prescription painkiller drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) are now directly responsible for killing 40 Americans every single day. This disturbing fact comes from new data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse
Prince is seemingly now part of a rising death toll related to opioid use, and his death spotlights a growing threat to the health and safety of teens and adults alike. Two years ago, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 28,000 deaths from opioid overdose. Today, it reports two million Americans are addicted to these medications. The reason opioids like morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone are problematic is that they are highly addictive and increasingly over-prescribed by doctors - so much so that the CDC recently had to publish guidelines for prescribing physicians. Prescription opioids are also to blame for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elite Pharmaceuticals to Present SequestOx(TM) Data at the American Pain Society 35th Annual Scientific Meeting
NORTHVALE, N.J., May 09, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Elite" or the “Company") (ELTP) announced today it will present data for SequestOx™ (ELI-200) at the American Pain Society 35th Annual S... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug DeliveryElite Pharmaceuticals, SequestOx, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 9, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dying Matters Awareness Week
14 - 20 May 2018 is Dying Matters Awareness Week.Every year in May, Dying Matters and its coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. The theme for 2018 is, " What Can You Do... in your community? "TheCochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group produces reviews on palliative care for those with life-limiting disease or illness, and supportive care of patients and significant others living with serious illness. They have been working closely withHospice UK, a national charity...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 9, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?
Welp, we've done it, folks. It's finally come to this. There have been so many deaths from opioid overdose, so many addicts created, so many pills diverted, that the CDC is getting involved. Opioid pain medications, commonly prescribed to treat acute and chronic sources of pain, are a significant cause of morbidity (harm) and mortality (death) in America. In 2014, the CDC reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 61% of which were attributable to opioids. So how exactly did we get here? Like most things in medicine, there is not one simple answer. But it's not that hard to trace things back a f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyContin Fails to Deliver 12 Hours of Pain Relief in Many (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH Contrary to its marketing claims, OxyContin's pain-relieving effects often fall short of 12 hours in many patients, which can lead to a host … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 8, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Absolute must-read: LA Times on the myth of OxyContin’s 12-hour analgesic effect
Quick: how long does a dose of Oxycontin provide pain relief? Most clinicians would probably say 12 hours, since the drug was extensively marketed as a twice-daily opioid analgesic and the manufacturer — Purdue Pharma — cited this originally unique convenience factor as justifying its high cost, which could exceed $630 a bottle. In an explosive and masterfully written investigative piece by Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover,  the Los Angeles Times reported this week that in most patients the duration of the analgesic effect for OxyContin does not last nearly as long as claimed, and that this discr...
Source: The Poison Review - May 8, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Best of TPR Medical 12-hour myth Los Angeles Times opiate opioid addiction oxycontin Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

​Report alleges profit motivated OxyContin's 12-hour claim​
Documents reveal the company behind the painkiller knew the drug could wear off sooner in many patients, LA Times reports (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Break: OxyContin Investigation; Bio-Hacking Feces
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - May 6, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

What is Percocet?
Percocet is a painkiller, all part of a family drugs known as opiods. Percocet is the brand name of a drug that mixes oxycodone and acetaminophen. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High
THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

F.D.A. Advisers Say Doctors Should Undergo Painkiller Risk Training
The group of advisers said the voluntary risk plans should apply to all prescription painkillers, not just to long-acting drugs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Drug Abuse and Traffic OxyContin (Drug) Doctors Food and Drug Administration Source Type: news

Xtampza ER (Oxycodone Extended-release Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 4, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Painkiller training requirement for U.S. doctors gets another look
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

FDA Gives Final Approval to Abuse-Deterrent Xtampza ERFDA Gives Final Approval to Abuse-Deterrent Xtampza ER
The approval of the abuse-deterrent oxycodone formulation follows 'tentative' approval last fall for management of chronic pain requiring daily, around-the-clock opioid treatment. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

New 'abuse-deterrent painkiller' from Canton company approved by FDA
There may be no such thing as a truly abuse-deterrent opiate. But a Canton drug firm just got approval for an opioid painkiller that was shown in two recent studies to do a better job than what’s currently available. Collegium Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: COLL) shares rose nearly 13 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after announcing FDA approval of its drug, Xtampza ER. The twice-a-day oxycodone drug, which the company plans to launch in coming months, relies on a formulation that encapsulates… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 27, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller And Heroin Addiction?
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers. It’s a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis, with a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction. Advocates argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea, pointing to a study in the Journal of Pain this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Heroin Marijuana Medical Marijuana opioid crisis Source Type: news

Collegium Receives FDA Approval for Xtampza ER, an Analgesic with Abuse-Deterrent Properties
CANTON, Mass., April 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:COLL) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xtampza ER (oxycodone) extended-release (ER) capsules CII, a twice-daily,... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - April 26, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mothers DON'T have stronger bonds with their children than fathers
Experts reveal that father's form bonds with their children differently from mothers. Playfully touching increases oxycontin levels and when a baby cries, a father's hormone levels are affected. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Virginia doctor investigated for deaths in opioid epidemic
Dr. Michael Kostenko has written more than 40,000 prescriptions for oxycodone in the last two years -- 3 of his patients have died (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abuse-deterrent formulations and the prescription opioid abuse epidemic in the United States: lessons learned from oxycontin -
Importance  In an effort to reduce wide-scale abuse of the proprietary oxycodone hydrochloride formulation OxyContin, an abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) was introduced in 2010. Although the reformulation produced an immediate drop in abuse rates, a def... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The introduction of a potentially abuse deterrent oxycodone formulation: early findings from the Australian National Opioid Medications Abuse Deterrence (NOMAD) study - Degenhardt L, Bruno R, Ali R, Lintzeris N, Farrell M, Larance B.
We describe early findings from an Australian study examining the potential impact of the April 2014 introduction of an abuse-deterrent sustained-release oxycodone formulati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

I-Team: Teen Athletes More Likely To Abuse Painkillers
BOSTON (CBS) – Most parents encourage their children to play sports so they get the benefits of fresh air and learn how to be a member of a team. Despite those positive benefits, there is a drawback. It is estimated about two million teen athletes are seriously injured every year. Often, those patients are prescribed narcotic pain medication which can create a set of new issues. Ann Ahearn-Avitibile remembers watching her son James score touchdowns at a young age on the football field. “He was an athlete, a star athlete.” But with the accolades came injuries for the star of Middleboro High School. A fract...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis Ryan Kath Source Type: news

Buprenorphine: A Key Ingredient in the Fight to Solve America's Pain Crisis
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the president of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject of chronic pain treatment and opioid pain killers. Concerns over the rising tide of pain killer addiction, accidental overdose deaths, and a carryover effect causing a steep rise in heroin use have made this a "code blue" emergency for Washington. President Obama has made it clear that addressing the opioid epidemic is now an administ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more tha...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management. Using a wireless device, the researchers demonstrated in lab rats how electrically stimulating an area hidden deep in the brain could relieve long-term pain. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Dr. Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research. Each day, more tha...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

FDA requires 'black box' warning on painkillers
In an attempt to help slow the prescription drug abuse epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that immediate-release opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl will now have to carry a "black box" warning about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news