Opioid abuse drops when doctors check patients' drug history

Posted by - May 1, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteThere’s a simple way to reduce the opioid epidemic gripping the country, according to new Cornell University research: Make doctors check their patients’ previous prescriptions. The most significant response to the opioid epidemic comes from state governments. Nearly every state now has a database that tracks every prescription

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Overdose prevention and naloxone rescue among family members of people who use opioids

Posted by - April 29, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteFamily members are often the ones who administer naloxone during an opioid overdose and should be considered as part of the larger response to help curb fatal overdoses. These findings, published online in Drug and Alcohol Review, demonstrate the important role that educating family members about overdoses and

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Antidepressant may enhance drug delivery to the brain

Posted by - April 27, 2017

This post was originally published on this site NIH rat study suggests amitriptyline temporarily inhibits the blood-brain barrier, allowing drugs to enter the brain. New research from the National Institutes of Health found that pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting

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Afghanistan and Iraq veterans' opioid use similar to that of civilians

Posted by - April 25, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteHeavy rucksacks, parachuting out of helicopters, combat injuries, and stress result in chronic pain for many service members. In the United States, opioids are commonly prescribed to manage chronic pain, and overprescribing is a concern, particularly for veterans’ healthcare. However, a new study published in Pain suggests that

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