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Racial Differences Found in Opioid Treatment for Pain

A new study finds racial differences in opioid prescribing, monitoring and follow-up treatment practices. Black patients are less likely than white patients to have their pain levels documented, and to be referred to a pain specialist. They are more likely to be referred for substance abuse assessment after being prescribed opioids, MedicalXpress reports. …

Generic Drug Distributor Sues Suboxone Maker for Monopolizing Treatment Market

The generic drug distributor Rochester Drug Co-Operative Inc. has sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone for allegedly monopolizing the opioid treatment market, Bloomberg reports. …

Florida Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns Releases Report

A task force of doctors, public health experts and social workers in Florida has released a report designed to combat the growing problem of babies born to mothers who are addicted to prescription drugs. …

Many United Kingdom Doctors Reluctant to Prescribe Painkillers

Many doctors in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are reluctant to prescribe painkillers, CNN reports. Patients in the U.K. take less than half the pain medication consumed by American patients. …

Relatives of Painkiller Overdose Patients Speak at FDA Hearing

Relatives of patients who overdosed on painkillers told federal regulators Thursday they want changes on the labels of narcotic painkillers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Pain patients concerned such action could limit their access to the medications spoke against the proposed changes. …

Prescription Opioid Overdoses Rose Seven-Fold in New York City in 16 Years

Prescription opioid overdoses rose seven-fold in New York City from 1990 to 2006, according to researchers at Columbia University. They found the increase in drug overdoses was due to painkillers. Methadone overdoses remained stable, and heroin overdoses decreased during the same period. …

Overdose Prevention and Treatment Program Can Save Lives, Study Suggests

A program that teaches people to recognize and respond to overdoses of opioids can significantly decrease the number of overdose deaths, researchers at Boston Medical Center have found. …

Thieves Steal Prescription Drugs From Medicine Cabinets in Open Houses

Prescription drug thieves are stealing from medicine cabinets during open houses, ABC News reports. …

Emergency Departments Report Jump in Visits Linked to Buprenorphine

Emergency departments reported a significant rise in the number of visits related to the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine between 2005 and 2010, according to a new government report. …

Heroin Use Increasing in Minneapolis/St. Paul, While Opiate Painkiller Use Declines

Heroin use is growing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, while abuse of opiate painkillers, such as methadone and oxycodone, may be decreasing, according to a new report. …