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December 3, 2020

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Pain Relief Caused by SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Help Explain COVID-19 Spread

Research shows SARS-CoV-2 promotes pain relief through the receptor neuropilin-1, which gives scientists a new target for non-opioid pain therapeutics and offers one possible explanation for the ...

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. ...
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Artificial Intelligence-Based Tool May Help Diagnose Opioid Addiction Earlier

Researchers have used machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to develop a prediction model for the early diagnosis of opioid use ...

Cannabis Use Appears to Encourage, Not Replace, Non-Medical Opioid Use

Contrary to some claims, people in the US may not be substituting cannabis for opioids, New research examined the direction and strength of association between cannabis and opioid use among adults ...

New Study Highlights Success of a Mobile Clinical and Outreach Van in Helping People on the Street With Opioid Addiction

A novel mobile health program has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the ...

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 ...

A Key Brain Region for Controlling Binge Drinking Has Been Found

A team of researchers has found that turning off a stress signaling system in a single specific brain area can reduce harmful binge drinking. This finding brings researchers one step closer to ...

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 ...

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