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September 24, 2020

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Potent Drug Supply Drop, Not Domestic Drug Policies, Likely Behind 2018 OD Death Downturn

The slight decline in drug overdose deaths in 2018 coincides with Chinese regulations on the powerful opioid carfentanil, rather than the result of ...

Spider Venom Key to Pain Relief Without Side-Effects

Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain ...

Patients in the US and Canada Are Likely to Receive Opioids After Surgery

Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid medications after surgery, according to a new multi-institutional study. ...

Cannabis Flower Is an Effective Mid-Level Analgesic Medication for Pain

Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence that cannabis can ...
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Richmond Emergency Room Experienced a Surge in Opioid Overdoses During Pandemic

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have released data showing an alarming surge in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonfatal opioid overdose visits to the VCU Medical ...

Look Beyond Opioids to Solve National Substance Use Epidemic

A new study published reveals that three-quarters of participants in an inpatient addiction intervention program came into the hospital using more than one substance. The findings suggests that a ...

Chatbots Delivering Psychotherapy Help Decrease Opioid Use After Surgery

A study showed that patients receiving messages from a chatbot used a third fewer opioids after fracture surgery, and their overall pain level fell, ...

Traditional PTSD Therapy Doesn't Trigger Drug Relapse

Researchers have now demonstrated that behavior therapy that exposes people to memories of their trauma doesn't cause relapses of opioid or other drug use, and that PTSD severity and emotional ...

Opioid Use and Driving Outcomes Among Older Adults

A new study looks at the relationship between opioid use and driving among older ...

Barriers to Addiction Care Fell Because of COVID-19; Now the Challenge Is Keeping Them Down

Telehealth interactions with substance use disorder specialists and support groups could open treatment and recovery to many, but key changes will be needed, experts ...

Heating Poppy Seeds, but Not Baking Them in Muffins, Reduces Opiate Levels

You might have heard the advice to avoid eating a poppy seed bagel or muffin before a drug screen, lest you test positive for opiates. This urban legend is rooted in truth because the tiny black ...

Gut Microbes Influence How Rat Brains React to Opioids

Antibiotic treatment -- which depletes gut microbes -- drastically changes the parts of a rat's brain that are activated during opioid addiction and ...

Prescribing an Overdose: A Chapter in the Opioid Epidemic

Research indicates that widespread opioid overprescribing contributed to the opioid epidemic. New research shows that this dangerous trend has apparently been coupled with another: inappropriate use ...

Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Obesity

Two new studies shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United ...

New Molecular Probes for Opioid Receptors

It could be an important step forward in the improvement of pain therapy: Thanks to newly developed molecular probes, the behavior of individual opioid receptors can now be studied in ...

Populations Most at Risk of Opiate Addiction

Researchers found that white males ages 30 to 39 were most at risk of fatal overdoses in Ohio. The study also identified 12 clusters in the state where overdose rates were ...

Ouch: Patients Prescribed Opioids After Tooth Extraction Report Worse Pain

The use of opioids to soothe the pain of a pulled tooth could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether from dentistry, say ...

Surgeons Cut Opioid Prescriptions by 64 Percent Using a New Multipronged Program

Surgeons in a large health-care system in central Texas implemented a pain management program that reduced longer-term opioid prescriptions by ...

Researchers End Decade-Long Search for Mechanical Pain Sensor

Researchers have discovered that a protein found in the membrane of our sensory neurons are involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, laying the foundation for the development of powerful new ...

Higher Opioid Doses Fail to Lessen Pain

Researchers looked at prescribing data on more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids and found that increased doses did not improve pain ...

Identifying Factors Associated With Reports of Accidental Opioid Poisoning in Dogs

Dogs that are smaller, younger, non-neutered, or live in US counties with high opioid prescription rates are at higher risk of being the subjects of phone calls about accidental opioid poisoning to a ...

Early Life Adversity and Opioid Addiction

Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new study reveals why. The study examines how early adversities interact with factors such ...

Focus on Opioids and Cannabis in Chronic Pain Media Coverage

New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have ...

A Molecular Map of the Brain's Decision-Making Area

Researchers have come one step closer toward understanding how the part of our brain that is central for decision-making and the development of addiction is organized on a molecular level. In mouse ...

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