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In a report prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) at Oregon Health & Science University, opioids and nonpharmacological treatments for chronic pain were compared. The purpose of the review: Evaluate the...

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Newswise — An estimated one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain, and more than 40 people die every day from prescription opioid overdoses. But due to COVID-19 shutdowns, many people trying to manage their pain and addiction have lost their support programs.

Professor Lewis S. Nelson, chair...

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Both chronic pain and the harms associated with prescription opioid abuse, including serious adverse events and fatalities, are enormous public health problems. Opioid therapy has been a cornerstone of a multimodal approach to the management of chronic pain. However, the increased rate of opioid...

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Two new School of Public Health studies shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States.

One of the studies, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that patients with higher body mass indices (BMIs) were up to 158...

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Newswise — Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines – including high use of opioids and advanced imaging tests, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters...

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The crisis of opioid overdose has led us to the challenge of balancing compassionate and effective treatment of pain against the risks of medication misuse, all in an environment of political and regulatory reactiveness. What are the core ethical principles to help ensure that the needs of patients...

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The crisis of opioid overdose has led us to the challenge of balancing compassionate and effective treatment of pain against the risks of medication misuse—in an environment of political and regulatory reactiveness. Dr. Zacharoff reminds of some core ethical principles to help ensure that the needs...

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Newswise — Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent...

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New opportunities: looking for nonopioids. Some make a lot of sense. Some are uninspiring: when I think about the world relying on them, and them alone, as opioids become harder and harder to get. That’s the world we presently live in. However, prescribing is going down, and the death rate is going...

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