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Lower Doses and No Refills Can Curb Long-Term Opioid Use

August 10, 2016
Lower Doses and No Refills Can Curb Long-Term Opioid Use

When doctors order an opioid for a patient for the first time, they should prescribe a short-acting one without fills to reduce the chances of long-term use or addiction.

That’s the conclusion of a new study out of Oregon that examined prescription data from more than 500,000 patients in the Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Rx Opioid Abuse Rises, Diabetes Drugs May Treat Alzheimer’s, & More

June 23, 2016
Quick Hits: Drug Interactions With Emergency Contraceptives, Liquid Medicine Dosing Errors, & More

Despite new laws, new statistics show that rates of prescription opioid abuse have doubled over the last decade, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In 2012-13, about 10 million Americans, or 4.1% of adults, used opioid medications, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, either without a prescription Continue Reading →

New Opioid Dependence Implant Gets Under Your Skin

May 27, 2016
New Opioid Dependence Implant Gets Under Your Skin

The FDA has approved the first-ever implant to treat opioid dependence, and advocates contend that Probuphine will help many addicts who either have trouble sticking with withdrawal treatment or who abuse the drug contained in it.

Probuphine is actually 4 tiny rods the size of matchsticks that are placed under Continue Reading →

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in 20 Years

May 25, 2016
Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in 20 Years

Although the US is in the midst of a prescription opioid epidemic, a recent analysis of data reveals that the number of annual prescriptions for the powerful painkillers is showing a sustained decline for the first time in 20 years.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the number of prescriptions doctors Continue Reading →

Can Opioid Painkiller Training for Doctors Stem Abuse?

May 5, 2016
Can Opioid Painkiller Training for Doctors Stem Abuse?

Just 2 weeks after Prince apparently died of a painkiller overdose, an FDA advisory panel has voted unanimously to require physicians that prescribe opioid drugs to undergo mandatory training aimed at curbing its misuse.

While the training courses were made available four years ago to doctors, it is only voluntarily. And Continue Reading →