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

Public health experts: Decriminalize minor drug offenses
Overdose deaths from prescription opioids such as OxyContin have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, leading the Food and Drug Administration to announce this week that these short-acting painkillers will be required to carry a "black box" warning. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regulatory Update - Health Canada confirms proposed regulations requiring tamper resistance for Oxycodone will not move forward at this time
Health Canada confirms proposed regulations requiring tamper resistance for generic Oxycodone will not move forward at this time. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - April 4, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

Is there a “best” pain reliever for osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects tens of millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life across the globe. Other than joint replacement surgery, there is no known “cure” for OA, and most treatments focus on relief of symptoms such as pain. Often, the first step is non-medication-based approaches such as physical therapy, exercise, and weight loss. Most patients, however, will eventually use pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other kinds of medication, such as opioids, have also been tested as treatments for OA, and there is ongoing debate abo...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - April 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert R. Edwards, Ph.D. Tags: Arthritis Drugs and Supplements Health Osteoarthritis Pain Management Source Type: news

New depression diagnosis following prescription of codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone - Scherrer JF, Salas J, Bucholz KK, Schneider FD, Burroughs T, Copeland LA, Sullivan MD, Lustman PJ.
PURPOSE: Longer duration of prescription opioid use is associated with risk of major depression after controlling for daily morphine equivalent dose and pain. It is not known if risk of depression varies as a function of the type of opioid prescribed. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

U.S. Jails Are Killing People Going Through Opioid Withdrawals
Conclusions **Gorski lists five symptoms of Post Incarceration Syndrome: 1) Institutionalized Personality Traits; 2) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 3) Antisocial Personality Traits; 4) Social-Sensory Deprivation Syndrome; and 5) Reactive Substance Use Disorders, and indicates symptoms are most severe in prisoners incarcerated for longer than a year, who have multiple episodes of incarceration, have little to no access to educational/vocational training, are subject to 30 days solitary confinement, or have experienced severe trauma as a result of institutional abuse--meaning an extremely large segment of the formerly incar...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pain Therapeutics Resubmits REMOXY New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
REMOXY NDA Has Priority Review AUSTIN, Texas, March 29, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE) announced today that it has resubmitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a New Drug Application (NDA) ... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, FDAPain Therapeutics, REMOXY, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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 - March 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent
THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 24, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA requires 'black box' warning on opioids
In an attempt to help slow the prescription drug 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... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA now requires 'black box' warning on painkillers
In an attempt to help slow the prescription drug 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 - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warnings on Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Pain Relievers (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescription painkiller addiction epidemic can be traced back to two key changes
Two experts from Washington University in St Louis reveal how early recognition and proactive treatment of pain, and the introduction of the painkiller OxyContin marked a turning point, leading to the epidemic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC's tough new painkiller guidelines surpass Portland standard
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s controversial opioid prescribing guidelines, released earlier this week, go further than the standard adopted by Portland-area health systems late last year. The recommendations call for doctors who prescribe painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin to start with the lowest effective dose. They should also carefully weigh the benefits and risks before increasing the dose to 50 morphine-milligram equivalents, while 90 is in the red zone. The Portland… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 17, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Elite Announces U.S. FDA Priority Review Designation for SequestOx(TM) NDA
SequestOx™ NDA Submission Accepted for Review NORTHVALE, N.J., March 17, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Elite" or the “Company") (ELTP) today announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) f... Biopharmaceuticals, FDAElite Pharmaceuticals, SequestOx, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 17, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CDC Aims to Curb Painkiller Prescriptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 16, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General News Medications & Pharmacology Source Type: news

CDC Aims to Curb Painkiller Prescriptions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General News Medications & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. The new guidelines, issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are directed at primary care providers, who issue about half of all opioid prescriptions.  Since 1999, such prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has "helped create and fuel" the current epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. In 2012 alone, d...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. The new guidelines, issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are directed at primary care providers, who issue about half of all opioid prescriptions.  Since 1999, such prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has "helped create and fuel" the current epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. In 2012 alone, d...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Aim To Reduce Painkiller Prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. RELATED...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News CDC opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 -- Hoping to stem an epidemic of drug abuse tied to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, federal officials on Tuesday issued tough new prescribing guidelines to the nation's doctors. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Oxaydo (Oxycodone HCl USP Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 11, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

What Is the Difference Between Drug Dependent & Drug Addicted?
Kathleen’s Story Kathleen experienced a work related injury in which a box fell on her neck while she was standing on a ladder to retrieve something else from a high shelf. She suffered a C4 injury (the fourth cervical vertebra) which resulted in limited control of her shoulders and biceps. It was accompanied by a stinging sensation that she came to discover was related to damage to nerve fibers. She also noticed tingling and numbness in her fingers. It was diagnosed as neuropathic pain. Her doctor explained that the communication between her spine and brain was being mis-translated and that the signals were coming f...
Source: Psych Central - March 8, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Chronic Pain Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders Family General Medications Personal Stories Psychology Psychotherapy Substance Abuse Treatment Anti-inflammatory drug addicted vs drug dependence neuropathic p Source Type: news

Potentially Deadly Painkiller Being Disguised as Less Powerful Drugs
Officials across the United States say they are seeing a growing number of cases where the potent painkiller fentanyl is disguised as less powerful pain drugs. In recent months, there have been two dozen cases of fentanyl marked as oxycodone or... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Overdose deaths from common sedatives have surged, new study finds
Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths from Common Sedatives Have Surged, New Study Finds
February 18, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. Their findings appear online today in the American Journal of Public Health. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

I-Team: The Roots Of Opioid Addiction
BOSTON (CBS) – Here is a staggering statistic from the opioid crisis: 80% of all narcotic pain medication is used here in the United States. For many people who become addicted to these types of drugs, their problem starts with a prescription from a doctor. Tom Foye remembers when his wife picked up his prescription for OxyContin after he had surgery. “I took my first OxyContin. I just felt this warm wave come over my body, and I have to say it was nothing like I have ever felt before. It was bliss. I remember saying, ‘Wow,’ and this was after my first one, I can see how someone could become addicte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Heroin opioid crisis Ryan Kath Source Type: news

Under Pressure, F.D.A. Adds Measures on Opioid Abuse
Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner, acknowledged the broader concern from Congress as the agency had come under fire for continuing to approve opioids. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 4, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: SABRINA TAVERNISE Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Obama, Barack Drug Abuse and Traffic Food and Drug Administration Califf, Robert M OxyContin (Drug) Naloxone (Drug) Source Type: news

Under Pressure, F.D.A. Adds Measures on Opioid Abuse
Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner, acknowledged the broader concern from Congress as the agency had come under fire for continuing to approve opioids. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SABRINA TAVERNISE Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Obama, Barack Drug Abuse and Traffic Food and Drug Administration Califf, Robert M OxyContin (Drug) Naloxone (Drug) Source Type: news

Painkiller use quadruples in Australia as codeine and other opioids abused
International Narcotics Control Board finds use of medications increased from 22m doses annually in 2001 to 106m doses annually in 2013In just over a decade Australia has more than quadrupled its use of common, opioid-based painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone, and is among a handful of countries consuming the bulk of the world’s opioid medication supply.The findings were published in the prestigious medical journal the Lancet on Wednesday, and come from the independent body responsible for implementing the United Nations international drug control conventions, the International Narcotics Control Board...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Drugs Health Australia news Source Type: news

Use of and barriers to access to opioid analgesics worldwide
Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period a report published today in The Lancet by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reveals. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 3, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

February 1, 2016: Worcester Nurse Sentenced for Stealing Oxycodone from Patients
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 2, 2016 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Collegium Provides Litigation Update
CANTON, Mass., Feb. 02, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. (COLL) today provided an update regarding its ongoing litigation with Purdue Pharma L.P. (“Purdue”). On February 1, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Biopharmaceuticals, LitigationCollegium Pharmaceutical, Purdue Pharma, OxyContin OP, Xtampza (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - February 2, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. appeals court ruling may clear barrier to generic OxyContin
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that four patents related to Purdue Pharma's painkiller OxyContin are invalid, potentially bringing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and others a step closer to introducing generic versions of the drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A randomized, double-blind, double-dummy study to evaluate the intranasal human abuse potential and pharmacokinetics of a novel extended-release abuse-deterrent formulation of oxycodone - Webster LR, Kopecky EA, Smith MD, Fleming AB.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cold and flu warning: The dangers of too much acetaminophen
Cold and flu season is here. Peruse the aisles of a local pharmacy or grocery store and you will find more than 30 over-the-counter medications available to treat the symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat, and achy muscles. Many of these “multi-symptom” products contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. This means cold and flu sufferers who are using multiple combination cough and cold remedies may inadvertently be taking more acetaminophen than they intend — and putting themselves at risk for a serious complication: acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity. Acetaminophen is the most commonl...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Farrell, MD Tags: Back Pain Cold and Flu Drugs and Supplements Pain Management Safety Source Type: news

Sanders joins Markey, puts hold on FDA chief nominee Califf
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders placed a hold on Barack Obama’s FDA nominee Robert Califf, stating Califf is too close to the pharma industry to be an impartial regulator. Sanders has stated he would oppose the nomination of Califf over his ties to the pharmaceutical industry since shortly after President Obama nominated him in mid-September, voting ‘nay’ in his nomination earlier this week. “Dr. Califf’s extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than just the CEOs of phar...
Source: Mass Device - January 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Source Type: news

Markey puts hold on Califf’s nomination for FDA chief
(Reuters) — Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) yesterday put a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the FDA until the agency agrees to reform its process for approving opioid painkillers. Markey wants opioid-approval matters to be reviewed by an FDA advisory committee and believes the committee should consider the risk of addiction and abuse during the approval process. He also wants the agency to rescind approval of OxyContin for children and convene an advisory panel to guide that process. “Last year, the FDA approved a new pediatric use for OxyContin without convening an advisory c...
Source: Mass Device - January 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Capitol Hill Personnel Moves Source Type: news

Physician Who Ran Pill-Mill 'Zoo' Gets 12 Years in PrisonPhysician Who Ran Pill-Mill 'Zoo' Gets 12 Years in Prison
Kevin Lowe, MD, watched the chaos created by addicts, fake patients, and oxycodone traffickers on surveillance cameras, and collected millions of dollars in the process, prosecutors said. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - January 21, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Big Pharma funding efforts to keep Americans addicted and overdosing on opioid painkillers
(NaturalNews) Big Pharma is proving once again that it values profits more than human lives, as drug manufacturers fight efforts to curb the overprescription of highly addictive and often deadly opioid drugs.The makers of OxyContin, Vicodin and other opioid painkillers are pouring... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Must-read: combination acetaminophen-opioid formulations should be abandoned
4 out of 5 stars The prescription paradox of acetaminophen safety. Dart RC, Green JL. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2015 Dec 29 [Epub ahead of print] Reference Last week, we pointed out that the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) had issued a position statement on prescribing opioids that had missed a good opportunity to call for abandoning use of pharmaceutical products that combined strong opioids such as hydrocodone with acetaminophen. I just discovered that a recent editorial by Richard Dart and Jody Green from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center agree with my take on this matter. They point out that a re...
Source: The Poison Review - January 13, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical acetaminophen adverse effects hepatotoxicity opioid Source Type: news

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain
Roughly 2.5 million Americans are addicted to heroin and opioids like Oxycontin. Researchers say addiction takes over the brain's limbic reward system, impairing decision making, judgment and memory. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jack Rodolico Source Type: news

Tox Tunes #104: Oxycontin Blues (Steve Earle)
This is from Steve Earle’s 2007 CD Washington Square Serenade. The lyrics are simple and stark: Well my daddy worked in the coal mine Till the company shut it down Then he sat around and drank his self blind Till we put him back underground Now nothing grows on this mountain And what’s a poor boy to do Except to wander these hills forgotten With the oxycontin blues Of course, in the nearly decade since this song came out, we’ve become all too aware that the “oxycontin blues” is an problem that has spread far beyond the coal region and Appalachia. Thanks to reader @kimvie for suggesti...
Source: The Poison Review - January 11, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical oxycontin blues Steve Earle tox tunes Source Type: news