Opioids

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Research has shown that use of suboxone and methadone, in conjunction with counseling, can be effective addiction treatment.

Prescribing practices influence opioid dependency

Prescribing practices influence opioid dependency

Patients provided with at least 2 refills were 2.25 times more likely to develop an opioid dependency.

ASCO issues guidelines for chronic pain in patients with a history of adult cancer

ASCO issues guidelines for chronic pain in patients with a history of adult cancer

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Screening for pain at every visit is recommended, and management and treatment options are specified.

Injectable oxymorphone, syringe sharing lead to HIV outbreak

Injectable oxymorphone, syringe sharing lead to HIV outbreak

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The use of injectable, extended-release oxymorphone and syringe sharing was linked to an outbreak of HIV infections in Indiana.

State restrictions not associated with reduced opioid misuse among disabled adults

State restrictions not associated with reduced opioid misuse among disabled adults

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The adoption of various state laws did not affect rates of opioid prescription or strength of dose.

Long-acting opioid therapy linked to increased mortality risk

Long-acting opioid therapy linked to increased mortality risk

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Patients with chronic, noncancer pain who were treated with long-acting opioid therapy had a 1.6 times greater risk of death.

New opioid use common post-hospital discharge among Medicare beneficiaries

New opioid use common post-hospital discharge among Medicare beneficiaries

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After an acute hospitalization, many Medicare beneficiaries submit pharmacy claims for opioid prescriptions.

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Patients on opioids for chronic pain who were coprescribed naloxone had 47% fewer opioid-related ER visits.

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