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Mental health conditions and the risk of chronic opioid therapy among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a retrospective veterans affairs cohort study.

Feb 10, 2020

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often receive opioid analgesics for pain management. We examined the association between mental health conditions and the risk of chronic opioid therapy.A retro...

Cannabis-Associated Acute Illness

Jan 30, 2020

Although an understanding of the adverse effects that occur when new drugs become available or their availability increases—such as with the legalization of recreational cannabis use—is important,...

Smoking tied to worse outcomes after a stroke

Jan 14, 2020

By Lisa Rapaport People who smoke or have recently quit have higher odds of being severely impaired after a stroke than their counterparts who never smoked, a new study su...

FDA Approves Ubrelvy for Acute Migraine Treatment

Jan 08, 2020

Significantly more patients treated with Ubrelvy versus placebo achieved pain freedom two hours post-treatment TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) tablets have been ap...

Overdose, Relapse After Buprenorphine Discontinuation High

Dec 27, 2019

The longer patients continue with buprenorphine treatment, the lower their risk of adverse outcomes.   THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Buprenorphine treatment may be needed ...

Potentially Tainted Marijuana Sold in Colorado

Nov 26, 2019

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A warning about possibly contaminated and moldy recreational and medical marijuana has been issued by Colorado officials. The affected marijuana was mistake...

Naltrexone Implant Helps HIV Patients Prevent Opioid Relapse

Apr 19, 2019

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Slow-release implantable naltrexone is associated with better outcomes than the oral drug for HIV-positive patients with an opioid addiction, according to a ...

One in Three U.S. Adults Aged 35 to 44 May Have Drinking Problem

Apr 17, 2019

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Adults in their mid-30s to 40s are drinking too much too often, according to survey results released by the American Osteopathic Association. The Harris ...

Alcohol, Drug Misuse Tied to Long-Term Health Problems

Apr 08, 2019

MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. adults in recovery for alcohol and other drug (AOD) use have health problems related to previous substance use, according to a stu...

Purdue Pharma agrees to $270 million settlement in Oklahoma opioid case

Mar 26, 2019

By Nate Raymond and Mike Spector (Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and members of the wealthy Sackler family that own the company reached a $270 million settlem...

FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatment

Nov 21, 2018

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Warning letters about products illegally marketed as treatments for opioid addiction, pain, and anxiety have been sent to two companies, the U.S. Food and ...

Medicaid Benefits for Addiction Treatment Expanded After ACA

Sep 12, 2018

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have prompted state Medicaid programs to expand addiction treatment benefits in alternative benefit plans, according to ...

Oxycontin's Maker Now Selling Drug to Curb Opioid Addiction

Sep 10, 2018

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin who some have blamed for the epidemic of opioid painkiller addictions, has patented a medicine aimed at curbing those d...

Smartphone Addiction Creates Imbalance in Brain, Study Suggests

Nov 30, 2017

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Soci...

Technology and Internet Addiction: How to Recognize it and Recover From it

Jun 29, 2017

The following is an excerpt from a complete guide published by Comparitech. “Internet Addiction” is a growing problem. As more individuals gain internet access every year, the number of peopl...

Prescription Weight-Loss Medication Helps with Opiate Addiction Recovery, Study Confirms

Mar 28, 2017

In a study published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, the researchers led by UTMB scientist Kathryn Cunningham found that the drug, lorcaserin, reduced the use and craving for the opioid oxycodone in pre...

Opioid Misuse, Abuse, & Addiction

Jan 01, 2016

In recent years, clinicians have changed their attitudes regarding the use of opioids in light of the growing public health issue surrounding the potential of these drugs to be misused and abused. Ris...

New Options for Treating Opioid Addiction

Jan 12, 2015

The quest for improved outcomes in the treatment of opioid addiction is accelerating on several fronts. Buprenorphine is widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Studies have shown that it...