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When Automotive Assembly Plants Close, Deaths from Opioid Overdoses Rise

January 9, 2020

Penn Study Links Eroding Economic Opportunity to Opioid Deaths. Closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to…
Regional trends in overdose deaths reveal multiple opioid epidemics, according to new study

December 11, 2019

The United States is suffering from several different simultaneous opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis, according…
Researchers explore the role of psychology in responding to opioid addiction

September 30, 2019

The literature on addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco has developed consistently over decades of study within…
Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off opioids

September 6, 2019

With a huge push to reduce opioid prescribing, little is known about the real-world benefits or risks to…
How a State’s Surgeons Cut Down on Opioids Without Putting Patients in More Pain

August 20, 2019

Having a hernia repaired, or an appendix or gallbladder removed, hurts. And for the past two decades, patients…
Device could automatically deliver drug to reverse opioid overdose

July 25, 2019

Purdue researchers are developing a wearable device that would automatically deliver an antidote upon detecting opioid overdose, buying…
Pain After Surgery: Addressing Emotional Trauma During Recovery

July 17, 2019

With the advancement of technology and medicine, G. Michael Deeb, M.D.,a cardiac surgeon at Michigan Medicine, says society is…
Prescribing Opioids for a Sprained Ankle?

July 12, 2019

While ankle sprain injuries are common, a new report from Michigan Medicine suggests that the rate of opioids…
Six ways to manage opioids in small, rural clinics

July 10, 2019

In rural, disadvantaged populations, the opioid epidemic has taken its most devastating toll. “Opioids tend to be prescribed…
Shedding Light on ‘Black Box’ of Inpatient Opioid Use

June 18, 2019

People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalized have double the risk of continuing to receive…
Opioids are not sleep aids, and can actually worsen sleep

June 4, 2019

Evidence that taking opioids will help people with chronic pain to sleep better is limited and of poor…
Targeting the Opioid Crisis

May 20, 2019

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 Americans die every day from…
Opioid doctor and pharmacy ‘shoppers’ may also shop at home, study suggests

May 13, 2019

As states crack down on doctor and pharmacy “shopping” by people who misuse opioids, a new study reveals…
Stark Racial, Financial Divides Found in Opioid Addiction Treatment

May 9, 2019

Escaping the grip of opioid addiction doesn’t come easily for anyone. But a new study reveals sharp racial…
Fighting the opioid epidemic with new knowledge: U-M teams up with Harvard, National Academy of Medicine

May 3, 2019

 With 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, and 2 million suffering from disorders related to prescription…
Next-generation single-dose antidotes for opioid overdoses

April 4, 2019

The U.S. opioid epidemic is being driven by an unprecedented surge in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic…
Naltrexone Implant Helps HIV Patients with Opioid Dependence Adhere to Medications, Prevent Relapse

April 1, 2019

When patients with HIV who are also battling opioid dependence go without addiction treatment, they are more likely…
Engineering treatments for the opioid epidemic

March 19, 2019

The U.S. is reeling from a public health crisis driven by the misuse of prescription and illicit opioids…
Dramatic Shift in Opioid Prescribing

March 18, 2019

At the height of the opioid epidemic, a national call for restraint in opioid prescribing has yielded dramatic…
Opioids and Hepatitis C: How OxyContin Fed a New Epidemic

February 19, 2019

Purdue Pharma’s 2010 reformulation of OxyContin as an abuse-resistant pill was supposed to be a breakthrough in battling the burgeoning…
First smartphone app to detect opioid overdose and its precursors

January 11, 2019

At least 115 people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute…
Opioid crisis roadmap overlooks gender

January 9, 2019

Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) is calling on a government committee to revise its report on a…
Taking on the opioid epidemic

January 8, 2019

Grace Bagwell Adams experienced a number of firsts the day she welcomed her daughter Bonnie into the world.…
A new, virtual tool in the very real fight against opioid overdoses

December 13, 2018

In addressing the opioid crisis, a team at Penn is piloting a new solution: virtual reality. The FDA-approved nasal spray,…
Opioid prescriptions from dentists linked to youth addiction risk

December 11, 2018

Teenagers and young adults who receive initial opioid prescriptions from their dentists or oral surgeons are at increased…
Grant will help UB scientists identify patients most at-risk for future opioid misuse

November 7, 2018

Researchers at the University at Buffalo Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions (CRIA) will work with the New…
Opioid crisis: researcher hopes to provide clues on women’s shift to heroin

November 7, 2018

A growing number of women in the U.S. are turning to heroin after first taking prescription opioid medication.…
Opioid-affected births to rural residents are increasing in both rural and urban hospitals

November 5, 2018

The opioid epidemic has had devastating effects on families in rural communities, places where both maternity care and…
Opioid overdoses, depression linked

October 3, 2018

A 1 percent increase in statewide depression diagnoses was associated with a 26 percent increase in opioid-related deaths,…
YSPH Responds to Overdose Crisis with Panel Discussion, Naloxone Training

September 11, 2018

What happened on the New Haven Green last month was not an overdose, but “a series of poisonings,”…
Predicting, preventing spread of opioid epidemic in rural and micropolitan areas

August 30, 2018

The rapid increase of opioid overdose deaths in rural communities across the country has far outpaced the overdose…
Virginia Cooperative Extension forms key partnerships to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic

July 24, 2018

Imagine awakening to the news that a jetliner has crashed, killing all 115 men, women, and children aboard.…
Data-Sharing Website May Speed the Response to New Illegal Drugs

July 5, 2018

The ‘NPS Data Hub’ will help forensic chemists identify new types of fentanyl and other narcotics more quickly.…
Opioid epidemic: More funding needed

May 2, 2018

More funding is needed to address the opioid epidemic that is projected to cost the U.S. economy $200…
Opioids after surgery can, paradoxically, prolong pain

April 16, 2018

Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes…
New strategies for combating the opioid epidemic

March 28, 2018

In 2000, a doctor from tiny St. Paul, Virginia, asked the School of Medicine for help with a…
Weighing in on the Opioid Crisis

March 21, 2018

The opioid epidemic is perhaps the most insidious and complicated health issue we as a nation face today.…
Free Software Can Help Spot New Forms of Fentanyl and Other Illegal Drugs

March 7, 2018

Fentanyl, the synthetic drug that is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, is not only a killer. It’s also…
Analyzing Street Drugs Points to Potential Early Warning System in Opioid Crisis

February 12, 2018

In just two years, the powerful opioid fentanyl went from nonexistent to detected in more than 1 in…
Pain task force endorses alternatives to opioids

February 1, 2018

Acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, music therapy, massage and mindfulness, once considered alternative therapies, have earned the endorsement of a…
Research traces primary cause of opioid epidemic. It’s not despair

January 31, 2018

Why did America become so addicted to opioids? That question is at the heart of University of Virginia…
Experts Identify Management Strategies for Concerning Behaviors That Arise when Taking Opioids for Chronic Pain

December 13, 2017

Patients receiving long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain sometimes demonstrate challenging and concerning behaviors, such as using more…
Opioid Deaths Jump

December 6, 2017

People who end up in the hospital due to an opioid-related condition are four times more likely to…
Researchers explore the ocean for alternatives to opioids

December 1, 2017

What does a marine snail’s ability to kill prey with two shots of venom have to do with…
Battlefield Acupuncture Reduces Opioid Dependence, Returns Airmen to Flight

November 16, 2017

The U.S. Air Force is using battlefield acupuncture to keep airmen at work. The procedure provides an integrative…
Opioid treatment drugs have similar outcomes once patients initiate treatment

November 16, 2017

A study comparing the effectiveness of two pharmacologically distinct medications used to treat opioid use disorder – a…
HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon

October 30, 2017

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose…
UW–Madison joins national network to combat opioid epidemic, substance abuse disorders

October 16, 2017

In the United States, 24 million people have a substance use disorder, yet only 4 million are in…
Study finds few restrictions on opioid Rx through Medicare

October 10, 2017

Medicare plans place few restrictions on the coverage of prescription opioids, despite federal guidelines recommending such restrictions, a…
Starting opioid addiction treatment in the ED is cost-effective, says study

August 17, 2017

The most cost-effective treatment for people with untreated opioid addiction who visit the emergency department (ED) is buprenorphine,…
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