Tag: opioid

Researchers Pretend To Be Heroin Addicts To Spot Weaknesses In Treatment System

Researchers tried to set up appointments for heroin addiction treatment in clinics in states where opioid mortality is high. They found that real patients would face a number of roadblocks when seeking help.

Public Health June 5, 2019

Colorado Places Bets On Medical Marijuana To Help Curb Opioid Problem

Colorado passed a new law to help slow down the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. Instead of giving an opioid prescription, doctors can instead recommend the use of medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms of their conditions.

Public Health May 28, 2019

Teva Pharmaceuticals Agrees To Pay $85 Million As Settlement In Oklahoma Opioid Case

Teva Pharmaceuticals has reached a settlement with Oklahoma state attorneys over allegations that the company contributed to the state's opioid crisis. The Israel-based company is the second company to agree in a settlement in the historic lawsuit.

Public Health May 27, 2019

Can Brain Implants Treat Drug Addicts? Chinese Doctors Use Eye Deep Brain Stimulation For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Imagine a magical machine that can switch off addiction in the brain. That machine is what Chinese researchers are using to treat methamphetamine and opioid addiction in patients for the first time ever.

Biotech May 9, 2019

Opioid Medication Must Now Come With Prominent Warning Labels

Opioid painkillers in the United States will add a warning that highlights the risk of life-threatening addictions that come with taking the drug. In England and Wales, the rate of an opioid prescription rose by 60 percent in the past decade.

Medicine April 30, 2019

Generic Anti-Overdose Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Sharp Rise In Fentanyl Deaths Shows Opioid Crisis Far From Over

There has been an exponential increase in the rate of overdose deaths linked to fentanyl. In a new report, the CDC revealed that the number of lives claimed by the synthetic opioid has doubled every year since 2013.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Drug Manufacturer Points Finger At FDA Label Change Regulation As Cause Of Opioid Problem

A long-time drug manufacturer said that the FDA is partly to blame for the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States. A 2001 label change of Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller, gave more people access to the drug.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Google Maps Can Now Help People Find Nearest Drug Disposal Locations

Google Maps will combat the opioid crisis in the United States by showing users the location of the nearest drug disposals. The company partnered with government agencies and pharmacies to collect unused prescription medication and combat opioid abuse.

Medicine February 22, 2019

Hep C Antiviral Lowers Risks Of Premature Deaths And Liver Cancer Progression

People who test positive for chronic hepatitis C infection could benefit from direct-acting antivirals. A French study found that the treatment reduces chances of premature death and progression to liver cancer.

Medicine February 12, 2019

Report Details Possible Link Between Birth Defect And Opioid Use

The number of children born with the birth defect gastroschisis doubled between 1995 and 2005. After the investigation, the CDC found that the number of new cases rose in counties where the number of opioid prescription is high.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Opioid-Related Deaths Now More Likely Compared To Motor Vehicle Related Deaths

Americans now have a higher odds of dying from opioid overdose than in a car crash. The latest data revealed that opioid overdose is now the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

Public Health January 14, 2019

Pet Painkillers May Have A Hand In The Opioid Crisis

Researchers said the rise in the painkiller prescriptions for pets may have a role in the opioid epidemic America is facing. The study further warned that leftover veterinary drugs may end up in the wrong hands.

Public Health January 12, 2019

Here's Why Drug Overdose Deaths Are Skyrocketing Among US Middle-Aged Women

Drug overdose deaths among middle-aged women in the United States rose by 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. Why are women in this age group hit hard by the drug abuse crisis?

Public Health January 10, 2019

New Smartphone App Second Chance Can Detect Opioid Overdose And Call For Medical Help

The still experimental Second Chance app converts a smartphone into a sonar device to detect breathing problems that could indicate an overdose. The app can also contact medical services and people who can administer Naloxone.

Public Health January 10, 2019

Children Are Also Dying From Accidental Opioid Poisoning

A report from Yale University researchers found that almost 9,000 children and teens died from opioid poisoning in the past 18 years. Majority of the deaths involving children were due to accidental ingestion of narcotics either a prescription or illegally procured.

Public Health December 29, 2018

Opioids Not As Effective In Treating Chronic Pain As We Think, Study Says

Researchers found that opioids, commonly prescribed to treat headaches and back pains, do not work well for those with chronic pain. Furthermore, the study pointed out that there were better drugs and treatment for the non-cancer patients.

Medicine December 19, 2018

University Announces Professor Of Cannabis Science To Look Into Pot Use For Opioid Treatment

Can cannabis help people who are suffering from opioid use disorder? The University of British Columbia has assigned a pot professor to look into the use of cannabis to aid in the treatment of substance misuse.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 24, 2018

Instagram Offers Support Against Opioid Addiction When Users Search For Drugs

Instagram is bolstering its hands-on assistance to people crossing swords with drug addiction. The popular social media app recently added a 'pop-up' about opioid addiction support if users search for certain hashtags.

Apps/Software September 13, 2018

One-Third Of All Opioid Prescriptions Lack Proper Reason, Says Study

Doctors and clinics might have contributed to the worsening opioid crisis across the United States. A study found that an alarming number of patients were given an opioid prescription to treat pain not related to cancer.

Public Health September 11, 2018

News Anchor Who Reported On Opioid Abuse Loses Daughter To Fentanyl Overdose

A journalist who has been covering the opioid crisis in the United States for 10 years lost her daughter to fentanyl overdose. Angela Kennecke hopes that her family's tragedy could save the lives of people addicted to the drug.

Public Health September 9, 2018

New Experimental Drug More Potent Than Morphine Minus The Addictive Side Effects

An experimental drug can cure chronic pain, but without activating the part of the brain that makes the patient dependent or addicted to opioid. A study claimed that AT-121 might help the increasing opioid crisis in the United States.

Medicine September 1, 2018

Ketamine May Be Good For Treating Depressions Due To Opioid-Like Characteristics

Scientists warned against the regular use of ketamine, a party drug, for treatment of severe depression. A new study claimed that the known anesthetic activates the opioid system to alleviate symptoms rapidly.

Medicine August 29, 2018

Maryland Woman Tests Positive For Opiates While Giving Birth Because Of What She Ate For Breakfast

A woman was told that she tested positive for opiates while in labor at a Maryland hospital. She was confused by the drug test result, but eventually realized that the culprit was what she ate for breakfast that day.

Public Health August 8, 2018

No Strong Evidence That Medical Marijuana Reduces Chronic Pain: Study

A large study from Australia found no strong evidence that medical marijuana eased the chronic non-cancer pain. The four-year study is among the longest in-depth analysis on opioid medication for chronic pain.

July 6, 2018

U.S. Hospitals Are Suffering From Shortage Of Opioid Painkillers Causing Delay With Surgeries

Since 2017, hospitals have been suffering from a shortage of opioid injections, which has caused doctors to ration the supplies they have. This has also led to higher medical expenses for patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 27, 2018

Researchers Discover More Than 70,000 People Have Died From Opioid Overdoes In The Past 17 Years

A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh discovered that over 70,000 drug-related deaths were due to opioid overdoses. The researchers of the study claim that these deaths were unaccounted for.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 27, 2018

Opioid Crisis: Children Below 6 Years Old Are Unintentionally Overdosing On Drug Called Buprenorphine

A recent study found that children as young as 5 years old are accidentally overdosing on a drug called buprenorphine. The drug, which is an opiate itself, was meant to treat opioid addiction among adults.

Medicine June 26, 2018

China Weighs In On US Opioid Overdose Crisis: Cut Demand To Stop Supply

China said that for the U.S. to address illegal shipments of fentanyl, it should first cut the demand from the Americans. The statement was issued after a year-long investigation found that fentanyl is being shipped from China.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Retail Stores Install Blue Lights In Restrooms To Try To Fight Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Here’s How Many Young People In The US Overdosed On Opioids In 2016

It’s no secret that the opioid crisis in the United States is worsening. But did you know how many young lives it claims every year? A new study looked into it and found devastating numbers.

Public Health June 3, 2018

More Drivers Killed From Fatal Car Crashes Are Testing Positive For Marijuana And Opioids

New statistics show that more fatal car crashes are being caused by drugs, marijuana, and opioids. A 2016 statistics showed that at least 44 percent of drivers who died in crashes had some trace of drug in their system.

May 31, 2018

Insys Sales Representative Admits Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioid Painkiller Subsys

Michelle Breitenbach said that Insys sales representatives promoted the Speakers Bureau Program to boost the sales of the drug Subsys. How were doctors rewarded for prescribing the fentanyl-based opioid painkiller?

Public Health May 31, 2018

Mussels In Puget Sound Test Positive For Opioids, Other Drugs: Should People Stop Eating The Shellfish?

Traces of the opioid painkiller oxycodone, as well as antidepressants, a potentially carcinogenic chemotherapy drug, and surfactants used in detergents, were detected in mussels in Puget Sound. Is it still safe to eat shellfish?

Public Health May 27, 2018

Fentanyl Bust In Nebraska Seizes 118 Pounds Of Opioid Drug Enough To Kill 26 Million People

More than $20 million worth of fentanyl drug were seized by the Nebraska State Patrol during a routine traffic stop. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska.

Public Health May 27, 2018

How Mussels In Seattle's Puget Sound Tested Positive For A 100-Year-Old Opioid

Mussels from the Puget Sound have tested positive for oxycodone, which is an opioid. Scientists believe that the water likely got contaminated from wastewater treatment plants.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 24, 2018

FDA Approves Lucemyra, The First Non-Opioid Drug For Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Up To 14 Days

The Food and Drug Administration approved of Lucemyra, a treatment for adults suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has been approved for patients to use up to 14 days.

Medicine May 16, 2018

Study Finds That Doctors Who Receive Perks From Drug Companies Prescribe 9 Percent More Opioids

A May 2018 study found that doctors who received more gifts from drug companies prescribed 9 percent more opioids to patients. The gifts included payments, speaking fees, and free meals.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Positive Drug Tests For Marijuana, Meth, And Cocaine Is At Its Highest In America, According To Quest Diagnostics

Since 2017, more American workers have tested positive for marijuana, meth, and cocaine. The rates for the usage of opiates has declined over the past 10 years.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 11, 2018

Authorities Issue Warning Against Loperamide Abuse After Imodium Overdose Kills Man In Illinois

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office issued a public service announcement warning every one of increased excessive consumption of Imodium, with an active ingredient Loperamide. The announcement came in the wake of a 23-year-old man's death from Imodium abuse in Illinois.

Public Health May 9, 2018

A New Report Shows That Thousands Of Suspected Overdoses In Connecticut Were Due To Opioids

According to new information collected from the Department of Public Health in Connecticut, thousands of suspected overdoses could be related to opioids. The information was gathered from the months of January to April of this year.

Public Health May 9, 2018

Walmart Restricts Opioid Prescriptions To A 7-Day Supply: Will Other Pharmacies Also Do This?

Walmart and Sam's Club announced plans to restrict opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply in 60 days. It will also use NarxCare, and will require e-prescriptions by 2020.

Public Health May 7, 2018

Synthetics Kill More People Than Prescription Opioids: What You Should Know About Fentanyl Overdose

The rate of fatalities due to fentanyl, a type of synthetic opioid, is higher compared to deaths due to prescription opioids. Deaths due to fentanyl overdose reached 46 percent in a data analysis published in the journal JAMA.

Public Health May 2, 2018

Synthetic Opioids Are Now The Leading Cause Of Overdose Deaths, Accounting For 45 Percent Of Them

A new study revealed that synthetic opioids account for more overdose deaths than prescription opioids. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is easier and quicker to produce than prescription fentanyl.

Public Health May 1, 2018

Maine Doctors Suggest That Medical Marijuana Could Be Used To Help Fight Addiction To Opioids

According to doctors in Maine, medical marijuana has helped treat several patient's addictions to opioids. Since 2016, nearly 66% of the deaths that were drug-overdose related were due to an overdose of opioids.

Medicine April 30, 2018

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