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After the overdose: A family’s journey into grief and guilt

There is nothing left to do, no more frantic phone calls to make, no begging or fighting that can fix this because the worst thing that could happen already has, so Doug Biggers settles into his recliner and braces for his daughter’s voice to echo through his head.

Synthetic opioids drive spike in U.S. fatal drug overdoses

New federal statistics suggest that the opioid epidemic in the United States is evolving as physicians crack down on the use of prescription painkillers:

FDA clears Pear Therapeutics' mobile app to help treat opioid abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday cleared Pear Therapeutics’ mobile application to help increase retention of patients undergoing outpatient treatment for opioid abuse.

Family's fentanyl tragedy underscores 'mind-boggling' opioid crisis in New Hampshire

Jim Zanfagna's daughter died from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, and friends were posting condolence messages before the Zanfagnas ever heard from authorities.

Lawmakers Get Few Answers on Root of Opioid Crisis

Members of a House committee are trying to find out what role opioid manufacturers are playing in the opioid crisis, but drugmakers and federal officials have been less than fully cooperative.

Reports Warn of Growing Opioid Crisis Among Seniors

Against the backdrop of an unrelenting opioid crisis, two new government reports warn that America's seniors are succumbing to the pitfalls of prescription painkillers.

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017

Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control.

Why doctors don’t use alternatives to opioids

As Congress deliberates how to respond to the surging opioid epidemic, a number of bills have been introduced to support the development and Food and Drug Administration approval of a non-opioid pain medication.

Babies Born Addicted to Opiates May Recover Faster With Alternative Treatment, Study Says

The Food and Drug Administration is planning new steps to encourage the development of nonaddictive alternatives to opioid pain medications, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview.

Babies Born Addicted to Opiates May Recover Faster With Alternative Treatment, Study Says

A baby is born addicted to opiates every 15 minutes in the United States. These newborns are jittery, their muscles are tense, and they struggle to eat. The Food and Drug Administration has no approved treatment for neonatal withdrawal, but most hospitals use morphine to soothe the symptoms. New research shows there might be a better way.

Babies Born Addicted to Opiates May Recover Faster With Alternative Treatment, Study Says

A baby is born addicted to opiates every 15 minutes in the United States. These newborns are jittery, their muscles are tense, and they struggle to eat. The Food and Drug Administration has no approved treatment for neonatal withdrawal, but most hospitals use morphine to soothe the symptoms. New research shows there might be a better way.

Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017, CDC estimates

Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimatesrecently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents an increase of more than 6,000 deaths, or 9.5 percent, over the estimate for the previous 12-month period.

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Patients with chronic pain feel caught in an opioid-prescribing debate

It started with a rolled ankle during a routine Army training exercise. Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome.

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Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

Individuals taking opioids were found to be more likely to report physical and mental health issues and to have more frequent dealings with the criminal justice system

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Debunking Myths Around Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Primary care office-based addiction treatment of opioid use disorder with buprenorphine is a realistic and scalable solution to address the overdose crisis in the United States, according to an opinion piece published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Opioid Users More Likely to Have Complex Health Issues and Dealings With Criminal Justice System

Individuals taking opioids were found to be more likely to report physical and mental health issues and to have more frequent dealings with the criminal justice system...

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Prison Inmates 40 Times More Likely to Die From Opioid Overdose Two Weeks After Release

For almost 80 percent of inmates, life after release often lands them back in prison. For others, that “revolving door” stops with a fatal drug overdose, usually days after their sentence ends, researchers said.

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Opioid pills for a simple sprained ankle? It's a thing in some states, Penn researchers find

Opioid prescribing for minor injuries — for which such powerful pain medications may not even be necessary — remains high and varies widely by state, despite an overall downward trend, according to new research by the University of Pennsylvania.

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What Is Kratom? How the Plant Could Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

While Kratom is heavily discussed in niche communities on YouTube and Reddit, the herbal drug is still relatively unknown to the rest of the world. And if the FDA has its way, that unfamiliarity will soon be legally enforced.

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Women and opioids: something different is happening here

An opioid crisis is raging in the USA, spreading across Canada, and there is increased opioid prescribing and access to high potency opioids such as fentanyl in other countries.

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Amid the opioid crisis, some seriously ill people risk losing drugs they depend on

Julie Anne Feinstein had overcome a lifetime of adversity when she began taking daily medication for pain 10 years ago at age 68, prescriptions that would eventually land her at the center of the nation’s opioid crisis.

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Doctors’ risks in prescribing opioid

Physicians who prescribe opioids for the treatment of pain are being held partly responsible for the sharply rising rates of opioid abuse and fatal overdose. The epidemic of opioid overdoses continues to worsen, despite restrictive measures by the Drug Enforcement Administration

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Methamphetamine use climbing among opioid users

– As the deadly opioid epidemic continues, a new study suggests that a fast-rising number of users are turning to another drug of abuse – methamphetamine. In some cases, a researcher says, their co-use is reminiscent of the fad for “speedball” mixtures of cocaine and heroin.

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The Common Drug That May Make Opioid Overdose Five Times As Likely

Opioid overdoses continue to increase, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all overdose deaths in the US, and a high percentage of those overdoses also include other drugs. A new study shows that the combination of opioids with one common class of drugs in particular is especially risky in the first 90 days of concurrent use.

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Researchers May Have Underestimated the Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths

The statistics around opioid overdose deaths are staggering. More than 42,000 people died of an opioid overdose in 2016 alone, according to recent federal estimates, and fatal overdose rates continue to riseacross nearly every segment of the population.

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Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for use a wearable device to aid in the reduction of opioid withdrawal symptoms.

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Wearable Device Cleared for Use During Opioid Detoxification

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for use a wearable device to aid in the reduction of opioid withdrawal symptoms.

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Herbal 'Opioid Alternative' Leads to Addiction, Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that since 1999, over 165,000 people have died from prescription opioids, prompting the CDC to tackle this public health issue with new guidelines for opioid prescribing in chronic pain...

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CMS releases guidance to states on using Medicaid to address opioid crisis

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released guidance aimed at helping states leverage Medicaid to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids

The morning of the long drive, a drive he took every month now, Kenyon Stewart rose from the living room recliner and winced in pain. He looked outside, at the valley stretching below his trailer, and again wondered whether it was getting time to end it.

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Patterns of Potential Misuse Help Assess Risk of Opioid Overdose

HealthDay News — Patterns of potential opioid misuse are positively associated with subsequent opioid overdose, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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U.S. Struggles to Stop Smuggling of Mail-Order Opioids

WASHINGTON — Federal agents are struggling to stop opioid smugglers who are reaping vast profits, according to interviews and documents, as the number of Americans dying from drug overdoses continues to rise.

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People With Opioid Use Disorder Have High Suicide Rate

HealthDay News — Patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) seem to have a high rate of suicide, according to a perspective piece published in the April 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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First Non-Opioid Drug Approved for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lucemyra (lofexidine HCl; US WorldMeds) for the mitigation of opioid withdrawal symptoms

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Opioids Driving Infectious Disease Rates

HHS and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation – a non-profit research arm of the health insurance industry – have initiated an ongoing discussion of experts nationwide who say evidence now links narcotic drug misuse to local outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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Fentanyl figures in most fatal drug overdoses in U.S., researchers say

Drug dealers have been selling a deadly cocktail of heroin laced with fentanyl.

It’s No. 1 — with a needle.

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Synthetics now killing more people than prescription opioids, report says

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have overtaken prescription opioids as the No. 1 killer in the opioid epidemic, according to a new report.

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Synthetic Opioids Overtake Prescription Opioids as Driver of Overdose Deaths in 2016

In 2016, synthetic opioids eclipsed prescription opioids as the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in the United States, a new report in JAMA said Tuesday.

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The Frightening Spread of Synthetic Opioids

What started as the opioid epidemic in the U.S. is rapidly becoming the synthetic opioid epidemic, and we need to begin to grapple with exactly what that means.

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Buprenorphine May Be Safer Than Methadone if Treatment Duration Is Longer

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- April 20, 2018 -- The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study published in the journal Addiction.

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Widespread Impact of Reducing Opioids, Adding IV Acetaminophen for Postsurgical Pain Management

Postoperative pain management that combines a reduction in opioid medications with the use of intravenous acetaminophen

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