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Doctors Prescribe Opioids at High Rates to Those at Increased Overdose Risk, but Trends Improving, Study Finds

Use with anti-anxiety drug benzodiazepine may be linked to rise in opioid-related deaths The number of first-time prescriptions for opioid drugs has not risen since about 2010, according to UCLA researchers. However, patients taking a class of drug known to increase the risk for overdoses were likelier to receive a first-time opioid prescription — a combination that could be linked to the current surge in opioid-related deaths. People with chronic
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Chronic Opioids Linked to Increased Complications after Spinal Fusion Surgery

Patients who have been taking opioid pain relievers for several months before spinal fusion surgery are at increased risk of complications after their surgery, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. Patients on chronic opioid therapy before spinal fusion are at increased risk of complications and adverse outcomes—including repeated spinal surgery, according to the new research by Safdar N. Khan, MD, of The Ohio State University
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Multimodal Approach to Pain Management Reduces Opioid Use, Prescriptions After Joint Replacement

A multimodal approach to pain management (using two or more different methods or medications to manage pain) rather than using opioids alone was associated with a decrease in opioid use, opioid prescriptions and common opioid-related complications in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacements, according to a study published today in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). “Patients need
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IU Research Suggests Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Get New Life as Opioid-Addiction Treatment

A new study from Indiana University suggests that a drug proven safe for use in people may prevent opioid tolerance and physical dependence when used in combination with opioid-based pain medications. Researchers in the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at IU Bloomington have discovered that a compound previously tested to treat osteoarthritis pain appears to block neuropathic pain and decrease signs of opioid dependence. The work is reported in the
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Integrative Medicine Approaches for Pain Treatment – Can They Be an Alternative to Opioids?

Anesthesiologists Are Eager to Share Their Expertise on Strategies to Combat the Opioid Crisis Can acupuncture and yoga help to fight the opioid epidemic? These and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management, according to an article in the December issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia—a special thematic issue addressing the opioid crisis. "In the current opioid crisis era, many integrative medical therapies