Safe space for illegal drug consumption in Baltimore would save $6 million a year

Posted by - May 25, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteA new cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and others suggests that $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single “safe consumption” space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore. It would

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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified

Posted by - May 24, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteWith the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, Stanford University researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won’t be far behind. “There’s an opioid epidemic in our country, and there’s a real public health crisis associated with injecting,” said Cora Bernard,

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Polyneuropathy and long-term opioid use examined by study

Posted by - May 23, 2017

This post was originally published on this sitePolyneuropathy is a common painful condition, especially among older patients, which can result in functional impairment. In a new article published by JAMA Neurology, Christopher J. Klein, M.D., and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., examined the association of long-term opioid therapy with functional status, adverse

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Opioid use before knee replacement surgery results in worse pain outcomes for patients

Posted by - May 18, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteThere is growing concern regarding opiod use prior to a total knee replacement (TKR), and recent research has suggested that preoperative opioid use may lead to worse pain outcomes following surgery. A team of investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital evaluated pain relief associated with TKR in patients

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