opioids

Oregon Backs Off Opioid Cutoff Plan For Chronic Pain Patients, Adding Non-drug Treatments

Guidelines discussed Wednesday would align recommendations for opioid prescribing for back pain and five other chronic pain conditions, adding new treatments like yoga, behavioral therapy and massage.

After an uproar from patients, an Oregon pain advisory committee has abandoned a proposal to taper chronic pain Medicaid patients off opioids altogether.

Oregon Discourages Excessive Opioid Prescribing In Guidelines For Acute Pain

A state report on opioid prescribing guidelines for acute pain said prescriptions should be a last resort and limited in duration, to decrease chances of long-term use and addiction.

Oregon released guidelines Thursday that encourage providers to prescribe opioids for acute pain only when necessary and to limit the length of time that patients take the painkillers.

Jails Starting To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Jails are a good place to intervene because 20 percent of inmates used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

Briefly: Kaiser Lands $1.4 Million For Opioid Study

Researchers will look at the role of opioids in suicides to help tools for clinicians in hopes of preventing more people from taking their lives.

Kaiser Permanente's research center in Portland has landed a $1.4 million grant to study the role of opioids in suicide.

Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate

More than two dozen states nationwide that have developed guidelines for prescribing prescription pain pills. In Oregon, two task forces are looking at tightening prescribing guidelines for acute and chronic pain patients to try to stem overdoses.

It started with a rolled ankle during a routine Army training exercise. Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome.

Rival Opioid Makers Sought To Cash In On Alarm Over OxyContin’s Dangers

When critics attacked Purdue Pharma for deaths linked to OxyContin, rivals stepped up their marketing of other potentially dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl and morphine.

As Purdue Pharma faced mounting criticism over deaths linked to OxyContin, rival drugmakers saw a chance to boost sales by stepping up marketing of similarly dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl, morphine and methadone, Purdue internal documents reveal.

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