New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of cardiac death

Posted by - June 29, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteOlder adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found. Among these patients, new opioid use is associated with a 215 percent increase in coronary artery

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At-risk chronic pain patients taper opioids successfully with psychological tools

Posted by - June 28, 2017

This post was originally published on this sitePsychological support and new coping skills are helping patients at high risk of developing chronic pain and long-term, high-dose opioid use taper their opioids and rebuild their lives with activities that are meaningful and joyful to them. A study of 343 post-surgical patients treated by an innovative, multidisciplinary

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Using science to combat addiction

Posted by - June 22, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteIn this Policy Forum, Keith Humphreys and colleagues highlight the need for science, and particularly neuroscience, to inform policies that address addiction. Their recommendations are timely given that on 27 June, a U.S. presidential task force is slated to present policy recommendations to combat opioid addiction. On average

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Depressed patients more likely to be prescribed opioids

Posted by - June 20, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteA new study shows that patients with low back pain who were depressed were more likely to be prescribed opioids and receive higher doses. Understanding these prescribing patterns sheds new light on the current opioid epidemic and may help determine whether efforts to control prescription opioid abuse are

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