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Can Marijuana Be The Answer For Pain?

3 hours 13 min ago
As patients and doctors look for alternatives to addictive pain killers, many are turning to marijuana. While the plant is increasingly legal across the United States, research is limited into its effectiveness and potential side effects. (Source: WebMD Health)

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Opioid Scripts Down, But Anti-Addiction Meds Up

6 hours 8 min ago
The number of people in the U.S. who received new prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction nearly doubled during 2017, from 42,000 to 82,000 per month. (Source: WebMD Health)

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2018 Demystifying Medicine: The Opioid Epidemic: How, Where, and What Can Be Done?

April 19, 2018 - 8:45pm
National Institutes of Health. 04/17/2018 This one-hour, 49-minute lecture describes the state of the opioid crisis, the state of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s efforts, and how clinicians, medical students, Ph.D. students, and other healthcare and research professionals can be a part of the solution. The focus of NIH's efforts center on ways to reduce the over-prescription of opioids, accelerate development of effective non-opioid therapies for pain, and provide more flexible options for treating opioid addiction. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

April 19, 2018 - 7:15pm
Overall, nearly two-thirds of opioids prescribed after surgery went unused by patients, the study found. These drugs wound up lingering in patients' homes, inviting abuse and the potential for addiction, Habermann said. (Source: WebMD Health)

Study warns smartphone overuse increases loneliness

April 19, 2018 - 6:37pm
Researchers from San Francisco State University have found in a new study that smartphone dependence may have similar effects on the brain to those seen in opioid addiction. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

April 19, 2018 - 2:04pm
THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Fewer prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers filed last year

April 19, 2018 - 2:03pm
New data from the health firm IQVIA show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the US fell dramatically last year. Nationwide, nine percent fewer prescriptions were filled last year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Inside the Mexican psychedelic drug rehabs American addicts flock to

April 19, 2018 - 1:21pm
Matthew Mellon reportedly died after taking a psychedelic drug in Mexico, but experts say that ibogaine deserves research as it may be a last hope for opioid addicts like Adrienne Porter (left). (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Americans Are Filling Fewer Prescriptions for Opioids Amid Rising Fear of Addiction

April 19, 2018 - 10:40am
(TRENTON, N.J.) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid in...

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New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

April 19, 2018 - 10:03am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. Health data firm IQVIA's Institute for Human Data Science released a report Thursday showing an 8.9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opio...

The functions and addictive features of non-suicidal self-injury: a confirmatory factor analysis of the Ottawa self-injury inventory in a university sample - Gu érin-Marion C, Martin J, Deneault AA, Lafontaine MF, Bureau JF.

April 19, 2018 - 9:36am
The Ottawa Self-Injury Inventory (OSI) is a comprehensive self-report measure of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). In an effort to build on past research and further validate the OSI, this study presents a confirmatory factor analysis of the OSI's subscales... (Source: SafetyLit)

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A daily diary study of stressful and positive events, alcohol use, and addiction severity among heavy drinking sexual minority men - Mereish EH, Kuerbis A, Morgenstern J.

April 19, 2018 - 9:36am
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to examine the conditions under which daily stressful and positive events are associated with alcohol use among heavy drinking sexual minority men (SMM). Specifically, we examined the moderating effects of two indic... (Source: SafetyLit)

Google Unveils Vetting Process for Drug Rehab Ads Google Unveils Vetting Process for Drug Rehab Ads

April 19, 2018 - 7:25am
Google told Reuters it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after the Alphabet Inc unit suspended the lucrative category of advertisers for numerous deceptive and misleading ads.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

US opioid prescriptions in record decline

April 19, 2018 - 7:21am
Amount prescribed dropped 12% last year as moves to curb addiction crisis bore fruit (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)

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US sees record fall in opioid prescriptions

April 19, 2018 - 7:21am
Amount prescribed dropped 12% last year as moves to curb addiction crisis bore fruit (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

April 19, 2018 - 7:02am
New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl. (Source: NYT Health)

Health plan reduces opioid prescriptions 22%, focuses on prevention

April 19, 2018 - 4:34am
Every day, we wake up to new headlines about the nation ’s worsening opioid crisis. Every day, dozens of people struggle with or die from their addictions. Prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction can happen to anyone at any age. Oregon and Washington rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively n ationally for those aged 65 and older hospitalized for overdoses. Three Oregonians die on average every week from prescription overdoses. These statistics… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Liberia:'Drug Addiction Is Dangerous Than Ebola'

April 19, 2018 - 3:52am
[New Republic] -Says RDY Boss, Decry Gov't Crackdown (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Many Teens Don't Know Juul Contains Addictive Nicotine

April 19, 2018 - 2:00am
Title: Many Teens Don't Know Juul Contains Addictive NicotineCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/19/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)

Decision-making predicts future drug addiction in recreational users

April 18, 2018 - 11:00pm
(Elsevier) Activity in decision-making brain regions of people who use recreational stimulants predicts who will discontinue use and who will develop a drug use disorder, according to a new study led by Martin Paulus, Ph.D., of Laureate Institute of Brain Research, Tulsa, Okla. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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