Tag Archives: opioids

VA Opiate Overdose Rate Almost Double the National Average: Report

The death rate from opiate overdoses among Veterans Affairs patients is almost double the national average, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine have jumped 270 percent in the past 12 years among VA patients, the report found. …

Some People Undergoing Weight-Loss Surgery End Up Using More Opioids

A new study suggests people undergoing weight-loss surgery who were chronic users of opioid painkillers before the procedure increase their drug intake afterwards. The findings surprised the researchers, who said they thought the dramatic weight loss that generally follows the surgery would alleviate patients’ pain. …

Judge in Ohio Orders Teen to Undergo Injections of Opioid Dependence Medication

A judge in Ohio recently ordered an 18-year-old addicted to heroin, who was convicted of stealing, to undergo a series of injections of the opioid dependence medication Vivitrol. The move has sparked debate about whether this approach should be used more widely, and who would pay for it, according to USA Today. …

Opioid Prescribing for Non-Cancer Pain Almost Doubled Between 2000 and 2010: Study

Opioid prescribing for non-cancer pain almost doubled between 2000 and 2010, while prescriptions for non-opioid pain relievers remained relatively stable during that period, according to a new study. …

Alternatives to Long-Term Opioid Use for Chronic Pain

In the second of a two-part series, Join Together speaks with Barry Meier, New York Times reporter and author of the new e-book, “A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine's Biggest Mistake,” about the alternatives to long-term opioid use for treating pain. …

FDA Announces Stronger Safety Warnings for Some Opioid Painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced safety labeling changes for extended-release and long-acting opioid painkillers. The new labels will call attention to the dangers of abuse and possible death, Reuters reports. …

Prescription Painkillers Taken Early in Pregnancy Could Increase Birth Defect Risk

Taking certain prescription painkillers early in pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. The overall risk of these birth defects is low, the researchers note. …

Problems With Long-Term Opioid Use: How We Got Here

In the first of a two-part series, Join Together speaks with Barry Meier, New York Times reporter and author of the new e-book, “A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine's Biggest Mistake,” about the problems with long-term opioid use for treating pain and how it became so widespread. …

Experts Say Many People Addicted to Opioids Not Getting Adequate Treatment

Many people addicted to opioids are undergoing short-term detoxification, instead of receiving long-term maintenance treatment, according to a new report. In the journal Health Affairs, eight experts write this means many people are not receiving adequate opioid addiction treatment. …

Ethical Issues Surround Rise in Doctors’ Use of Urine Drug Testing to Prevent Abuse

As a growing number of doctors use urine drug tests in an effort to detect prescription drug abuse in their patients, they face ethical questions about the tests, according to The New York Times. …