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New type of oxycodone abuse causing spike in heart infections | Feature

The Ontario government banned OxyContin a few years ago to curb rampant abuse of it. But now are now seeing people abuse the drug’s “tamper-proof” replacement –

Conference Highlights: APS 2016 | Feature

New research was presented at APS 2016, the American Pain Society’s annual meeting, from May 11 to 14 in Austin, TX. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

12 Opioid Prescribing Recommendations: 2016 Guidelines from the CDC | Feature

The CDC issued new 2016 guidelines this week for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain for patients 18 and older. Here are the 12 recommendations. Determining When to

Prescription Drugs & Sexual Behaviors | Feature

According to recent research, the rates of overdose and death relating to non-medical use of prescription drugs, especially painkiller medications, are rising in the United States. “Prescription

Assessing Patient Understanding of NSAIDs | Feature

According to recent data, about 123 million prescriptions are filled each year for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the United States. Data also show that approximately one-third

Heroes in Medicine: Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD | Feature

Congratulations to Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital for being the winner of the“Heroes

Opioid Use & Infant Outcomes | Feature

Prescription opioid use in pregnancy appears to be common and increases risks for neonatal complications, according to a study. Several factors appear to increase the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns of women using opioids during pregnancy.

CME: Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain | Feature

New research shows that patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain commonly seek acupuncture and chiropractic care for relief, but many do not tell their physicians about it. Efforts are needed to better communicate the treatments being used by patients to manage this pain.

CME: Enhancing Recovery After Back Surgery | Feature

A short series of phone conversations with trained counselors appears to substantially enhance recovery and reduce pain in patients after they have undergone spinal surgery. The phone calls can reinforce the value of adhering to physical therapy and back-strengthening exercise regimens and are a relatively inexpensive and simple intervention.

Simplifying ED Pain Management | Feature

A pain protocol that is based on titration of 1 mg intravenous hydromorphone and is driven solely by patient response to a simple standardized question appears to increase patient satisfaction regarding analgesia among those being care for in the ED.

Enhancing Recovery After Back Surgery | Feature

A short series of phone conversations with trained counselors appears to substantially enhance recovery and reduce pain in patients after they have undergone spinal surgery. The phone calls can reinforce the value of adhering to physical therapy and back-strengthening exercise regimens and are a relatively inexpensive and simple intervention.

Opioids: Future Use Among Adolescents | Feature

Opioids are potent narcotics that benefit patients with pain, but legitimate use of these agents has been linked to increased risks of long-term opioid use and possible

Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain | Feature

New research shows that patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain commonly seek acupuncture and chiropractic care for relief, but many do not tell their physicians about it. Efforts are needed to better communicate the treatments being used by patients to manage this pain.

Perioperative Multimodal Pain Relief | Feature

According to recent reports, about 2.1 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders relating to prescription opioids, and the number of unintentional overdose

Conference Highlights: AAPM 2016 | Feature

New research was presented at AAPM 2016, the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s annual meeting, from February 18 to 21 in Palm Springs, California. The features below

CME: Opioid Misuse, Abuse, & Addiction | Feature

A recent systematic review provides clinicians with guidance regarding the possible average rates of opioid misuse and addiction. The research also highlights areas in need of further clarification in future research on the growing epidemic.

Progressive Opioid Use: Who’s At Risk? | Feature

Patients with a history of substance abuse, nicotine use, and a greater burden of illness appear more likely to progress to longer-term opioid use, according to a study. This data may help identify at-risk patients for opioid abuse.

Opioid Misuse, Abuse, & Addiction | Feature

A recent systematic review provides clinicians with guidance regarding the possible average rates of opioid misuse and addiction. The research also highlights areas in need of further clarification in future research on the growing epidemic.

Opioid Abuse Screening in the ED | Feature

“It is feasible to electronically administer a screening tool for opioid abuse potential to ED patients in a time-efficient manner.”

CME: Opioid Abuse & Mortality Trends | Feature

Diversion and abuse of prescription opioid medications appears to have increased between 2002 and 2010 and plateaued or decreased between 2011 and 2013, according to new data. While the findings are encouraging, clinicians must remain vigilant in their efforts to control abuse of opioids.

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