Canadians fill 7 times more opioid prescriptions after minor surgery than Swedes: study

Patients in Canada and the United States filled opioid prescriptions after minor surgery at a rate that was seven times higher than those in Sweden, reveals a new study that suggests the addictive pain drugs could be used more judiciously in North America. Related Oklahoma’s landmark opioid fine: What you need to know about Canada’s pending suits Doctor-prescribed addiction: How […]

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Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US

The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the ruling in Oklahoma as the nation looks for answers and solutions to a massive societal and legal problem. […]

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New data indicate rise in opioid use for migraine treatment

An increasing number of Americans are using opioids to treat their migraine headaches, despite the fact that opioids are not the recommended first-line therapy for migraine in most cases. That’s according to the ObserVational Survey of the Epidemiology, tReatment and Care Of MigrainE (OVERCOME) study, a web-based patient survey of people living with migraine. Migraine care specialist Sait Ashina, MD, […]

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Opioid use and misuse three months after ED visit for acute pain

Opioid use at the three-month follow-up in emergency department patients discharged with an opioid prescription for acute pain is relatively low and not necessarily synonymous with opioid misuse. That is the conclusion of a study to be published in the August 2019 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). The lead […]

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Ketamine isn’t an opioid and treats depression in a unique way

Ketamine has gotten a bad rap as an opioid when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting it isn’t one, Johns Hopkins experts say. They believe this reputation may hamper patients from getting necessary treatment for the kinds of depression that don’t respond to typical antidepressants. In a new paper, the researchers clarify the mechanism behind ketamine’s mechanism of action in hopes […]

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Location still needed for bid for safe consumption site in Peterborough: MPP

Peterborough-Kawartha MP Dave Smith says a location needs to be determined before a supervised consumption and treatment site can be established in the City of Peterborough. Smith was in attendance at Thursday night’s opioid summit which featured a panel and public speakers talking about the city’s opioid crisis. So far this year there have been 19 known overdose deaths in […]

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They’re cutting opioid prescriptions by stopping pain before it starts

Doctors today are reducing their patients’ need for strong opioid medications after surgery by pre-treating patients with other pain relievers before they even enter the operating room. While opioids relieve patients’ pain and suffering, between 8% and 12% of those who take these drugs develop an opioid use disorder. At Keck Medicine of USC, health professionals are part of a […]

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Panelists announced for opioid summit in Peterborough

Five panel members will lead a public discussion on the opioid crisis in Peterborough next month. On Tuesday morning, Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien and Selwyn Township Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis (representing Peterborough County) announced the participants for the panel discussion at the opioid crisis forum set for July 11 at Market Hall on Charlotte St. The panel includes: Alex Bierk, […]

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Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis

About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed many people also fault doctors who prescribed opioid pain pills and government officials who haven’t done enough to expand addiction treatment and arrest […]

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‘Alexa, I’m in pain’: Smart assistants could help combat opioid crisis

For patients suffering with chronic pain, relief could soon be found as close as their nearest smart assistant. Researchers at Penn State are developing a way to deliver on-demand, guided mindfulness practices via Amazon Alexa to patients experiencing chronic pain. Through their method, a smart assistant will provide Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices to individuals in their homes. MBSR is […]

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