American effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans, study finds

Posted by - January 10, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteFewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds. Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16 percent, and very-high-dose opioid prescribing dropped by 24 percent.

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Psychiatric conditions linked to increased risk of long-term opioid use

Posted by - December 29, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteA wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain medications, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Using a

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