Tag Archives: Opioid

COVID-19 Prompts ‘Lifesaving’ Policy Change for Opioid Addiction

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What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020 — In the face of the US COVID-19 pandemic, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced further policy changes with respect to at-home treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). Last week, the agency …

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ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

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Latest Mental Health News By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation’s emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. Emergency room visits for …

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Another Side Effect of the Opioid Crisis: Heart Infections

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WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New research uncovers more damage wrought by the opioid epidemic: Cases of a dangerous heart infection linked to injection drug use have spiked in recent years at an Ohio medical center. Researchers found that admissions for infective endocarditis at The Ohio State University …

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Opioid Meds Pose Danger to Kidney Disease Patients

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WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Medication options can be limited for people with chronic kidney disease, which is why they often get prescribed opioids to help manage pain. But new research finds that opioids could increase the risk of hospitalization and even death. In a study …

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Opioid Painkillers Linked to Birth Defects

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Study Shows Codeine and Other Painkillers May Be Risky During Pregnancy By Matt McMillenWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD March 2, 2011 — Taking codeine, hydrocodone, or other opioid painkillers shortly before or early in pregnancy increases the risk of congenital heart defects and other birth defects, …

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Opioid Crisis Brings Concerns About Heart Dangers

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THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Dan Willard doesn’t remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller — nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency …

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Florida Law Tightened Opioid Prescribing, and Saw Usage Drop

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Latest Prevention & Wellness News TUESDAY, March 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Opioid use in Florida fell after a law that restricted opioid prescriptions for acute pain was introduced in 2018, researchers report. Under the law, opioid prescriptions for acute pain are limited to a three-day supply (with …

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Too Often, Opioid Abuse Runs in the Family, Study Shows

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Latest Mental Health News By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When parents abuse prescription painkillers, their teenagers may follow their example, a new study finds. The study of thousands of U.S. teenagers found that kids were 30 percent more likely to abuse prescription …

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Quadruple, Centered in 8 States

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Latest Mental Health News FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in the last two decades, and the highest rates are now seen in eight Eastern states, a new study shows. Those states are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire …

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Don’t Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

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MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians’ group says. Some states prosecute and jail pregnant women for substance abuse, but the new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics …

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