Tag Archives: opioids

Medical Groups: Laws to Fight Drug Abuse Restrict Painkiller Access for Cancer Patients

Cancer groups from around the world say millions of cancer patients are not able to obtain painkillers because of laws designed to fight drug abuse. …

Prescription Drug Abuse is Nation’s Fastest Growing Drug Problem: DEA Report

Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Americans are abusing prescription drugs at a higher prevalence rate than any illicit drug except marijuana. …

Most Medical Groups Agree on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Study Finds

A review of medical groups’ guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain finds most of the organizations are in are agreement, Reuters reports. …

Pain Relief is Goal in Most Cases of Teen Opioid Misuse: Study

Most teens who misuse prescription opioids are seeking pain relief, a new study concludes. University of Michigan researchers found four out of five teens who misused opioids said they did so to relieve pain. …

No Easy Answer to Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Experts

There are no easy answers to solving the opioid addiction epidemic, according to experts at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence annual meeting this week. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, told NBC Philadelphia a multi-faceted approach is needed. …

Veterans Face Dangerous Combination of Painkillers and PTSD

Many of the more than two million veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from both pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Often they are treated with opioid painkillers, which can be a dangerous mix with mental illness because of the risk of addiction, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Training Course Designed to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Shows Early Promise

An online training program designed to reduce prescription drug abuse shows promise in early results, HealthCanal reports. …

Access to Dentists and Pharmacists Predicts Higher Rates of Opioid Abuse: Study

People who live in counties with higher concentrations of dentists and pharmacists are at increased risk of abusing prescription opioids, a new study suggests. …

Commentary: The Quest for Alternatives to Opioids in Chronic Pain: The Role of The Interventional Pain Physician

In an effort to eliminate or reduce opioid abuse, Dr. Timothy Deer, President and CEO of The Center for Pain Relief, explains various pain treatment options physicians and patients should consider. …

Doctors Try New Non-Narcotic Approach to Pain Management After Surgery

Doctors are trying a new approach to pain management after surgery, in an attempt to reduce patients’ reliance on narcotic painkillers, according to The Wall Street Journal. …