Sedative drug in combination with opioids may be especially dangerous

Results from a study of adults with kidney failure suggest that taking both short-acting benzodiazepines and opioids may put patients at an especially high risk of dying prematurely. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN. Increasing use of opioids in recent years has led to rising numbers of deaths and hospitalizations due to overdoses. In light of this […]

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If prescribed opioids for pain, ask lots of questions: FDA

(HealthDay)—If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, but can have some serious side effects, most notably addiction. If you’re prescribed opioids, the FDA […]

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Effort to control opioids in an ER leaves some sickle cell patients in pain

India Hardy has lived with pain since she was a toddler—ranging from dull persistent aches to acute flare-ups that interrupt the flow of her normal life. The pain is from sickle cell disease, a group of genetic conditions that affect about 100,000 people in the U.S., many of them of African or Hispanic descent. Sitting in the afternoon heat on […]

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Report: Opioids settlement won’t fix areas hardest hit

A new analysis finds that money from a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will be “no more than a stopgap” for state and local governments struggling to combat the opioid epidemic. Purdue became the first company being sued over the toll of opioids to reach a tentative nationwide settlement. If approved, it could be worth up to $12 […]

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Chronic pain patients increasingly struggling to access opioid medications in southern Alberta

A representative from HELP_Alberta, an advocacy group for chronic pain sufferers in the province, is raising concerns about accessibility to medications that manage the day-to-day physical suffering of those dealing with pain. “As they lose their medication, they lose their life in all kinds of ways,” said Penny Kowalchuk, the southern Alberta representative for HELP_Alberta. Related Chronic pain patients respond […]

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The ‘fool’ that fentanyl made into a millionaire

The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service envelope. It had arrived with 10 round, blue pills […]

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Physicians more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day

It’s only human that decision-making changes when people are rushed. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University conducted the first study in the United States to examine this phenomenon—using a national source of electronic health records—in primary care physicians when they decide whether to prescribe opioid painkillers. The findings were recently published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked […]

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Sacklers vs. States: Settlement Talks Stumble Over Foreign Business

Purdue Pharma’s negotiations to settle thousands of lawsuits over the company’s role in the opioids crisis have turned into a standoff between members of the Sackler family, who own the company, and a group of state attorneys general over how much the family should pay and whether it can continue selling drugs abroad. The Sacklers are deep in negotiations that, […]

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